Charlie McMullen was a very good local runner who died young. The standard PR blurb for this one says: "In the mid-1970’s Charlie ran the mile in 3:56 and the marathon in 2:15. He was a national class master runner and world class person. in 1... Read more
Spark People talks a lot about making small incremental changes to improve your health. I focused on that a lot the first year I was Sparking, My diet was transformed from typical American to reasonably healthy. My weight went down to initial... Read more
Today I ran my 13th half marathon. It wasn't planned that way for very long.
This year, I missed running my favorite 15K (Spring Forward) because I ran the USATF Masters 8K Championship that day. I missed running my favorite half (Flower ... Read more
The plan for race day was to get to the site before 7 AM to get free, easy parking. I got up early, went through my morning routine as if it were a day for a long paced run, got to the site. Found a premium free parking place on the street. S... Read more
In 2016, I ran the Lilac 10K because it was part of the Rochester Runner of the Year series. I was 59 years old, and trying to win my age group for the RROY series. I finished 3rd in my age group. 1st was Tim, a.k.a. Superman, who had aged up... Read more
It's three weeks since the Boston Marathon. Before Boston, I repeatedly said that Boston was a major decision point. If I put myself on the couch, I would be done with marathons. If I recovered well, I could think about future marathons. In ... Read more
The USATF Masters 10K Championship was held on April 30, 2017 in Dedham, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble. The web site for this event includes the following snippet of history:
'Over the long cold winter of 1983-8... Read more
I hate the saying, "Listen to your body." It's really easy to listen to my body. The hard part is understanding what it's saying.
Unfortunately, I have not found an alternate way to describe what I need to do that works any better than, "... Read more
This will be a long blog, but a marathon is a long event.
My sister ONEKIDSMOM has already posted about the spectator experience:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=6350047
S... Read more
It's six days to the Boston Marathon. Today was my last true speed interval workout, 4 x 1000 @T* with 200 recovery. In my taper madness, I was concerned about working that hard. Because my normal club practice is a time conflict with this ev... Read more
The 121st Boston Marathon will be held two weeks from tomorrow. The 10 day forecast for Boston seems to go out 15 days, with good running temperatures the few days before race day. Of course, the forecast is likely to change several times befo... Read more
The 121st Boston Marathon will be run on April 17, 2017. That's three weeks from tomorrow. All of a sudden, it's feeling real.
The registration was submitted last September. The training cycle started when I was just barely over a round ... Read more
I got the email confirming my entry, and it said this was the location was "Shamrock 8k - Virginia Beach, VA, USA". So I looked that up online, and found out late that gun time was 7:45 AM. If I'd done my homework earlier, I might have decided... Read more
This week's major realization is that I hate late March snow storms. I think I always have disliked them. Just when I'm about ready to let the snow fall and wait for it to melt, wham! Enough comes down that I can't deal with the week or so it... Read more