Welcome Back, Slacker

Oh, the humanity. I officially ended my off-season and returned to training last weekend by running the half marathon at Trail Marathon Weekend in Pinckney. This is one of the few events that I do every year, if I can. Usually at TMW I run the half on Saturday or the marathon on Sunday. Sometimes …

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Wait. You’re Going to Do What, Next?

My wonderful long-term readers are aware that I am, as my trainer Skip at Body Specs calls me, a poly-macro-cyclic athlete. In English, that means I train year-round and race year-round. I’ve run races in heat, rain, snow, and dead of night, in forests, swamps, and deserts. It’s all been great, and I enjoy each …

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Loup Garou Two: Recovery and Guilt

I’ve heard some people experience a letdown after completing an ultra. There’s even a name for it: Post-Race Letdown, or PRLD. There’s no consensus on why, but one reason may come from an attitude that you trained hard for a goal, you achieved it, now what? And sometimes there are also feelings of guilt during …

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A “Humorous” Run

Today at my club’s usual Wednesday “6@6” run – 6 miles at 6 a.m. – it was just me and one other runner. The other Wednesday regulars were either preparing for a marathon, or recovering from one, or nursing various injuries. Along the way my companion, an instructor at the University of Michigan, told me …

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