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Do You Have To or Do You Get To?


I had one of those runs this morning that really reminded me why I love to run so much.  I hit the boardwalk at 4:45 AM in an overcast, cool, Jersey Shore morning.  I only saw one other person during my 5 mile trot.  The waves were pretty big, there was a pretty stiff Northeast […]

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I Qualified for Boston and I’m Here to Help!

That's me pushing it on the final stretch of the race.

Well, I did it!  I finished the Philadelphia Marathon in 3:09:51 last Sunday, which is good enough (by 9 seconds) to qualify me for the Boston Marathon.  I couldn't be more excited about my personal accomplishment, even though, going into the race, I knew that Boston had already filled up for 2011, so I have […]

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Prevent the Runner's Side Stitch


Why do runners get side stitches (cramps) sometimes?  I went out for my Tuesday run last night, a normal 8-miler and a moderate pace (7:25) and I began to get a cramp in my right side about a mile into the run.  It was the first time in a long time I remember getting a […]

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How to Successfully Train for a Half Marathon

Crossing the Finish Line

So I'm fresh off my personal best in the half marathon yesterday.  Finishing time was 1:30:21, a hair under 7:00 per mile pace.  My goal was 7:15 per mile, so I'm happy I more than achieved my goal, but I'm never satisfied.  I've spent a good amount of time today picking apart my race and […]

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My Favorite New Running Route

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What a treat I had this past Saturday morning.  I ran a new running route.  I know, I know, this may not sound too exciting, but it was a very welcome change-of-scenery in my otherwise regimented fitness scheme. As a background, I run 3-4 times per week.  95% of the time, all but one of […]

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Product Review: Sony Running Headphones


I just got some pretty cool running headphones that I thought I’d review for everyone.  Let me make it clear that I don’t get any affiliate kickbacks for Amazon, Sony, or anything else.  I just enjoy telling people about a great product when I find one.  And since this product relates to the whole theme […]

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Running the Mississippi


I feel like Huck Finn this morning. I arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday evening after a looooong day of travel that involved a 2:45 AM wake-up call back home in New Jersey in order to make my 5:30 AM flight from EWR.  Who knew flights begin that early in the morning? I knew it […]

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What I’m Listening to Now – 5 Songs to Download for Your Next Workout

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If you’re anything like me, you have hundreds, if not thousands of songs on your iPod.  What a great little invention, that iPod (or any MP3 player).  I think about the technology every so often and try not to take it for granted.  Problem is that I get sick of my songs all the time, […]

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On the Pros and Cons of a Training Partner

Jersey Shore Sunrise.  photo by Hugh

I said “Good Morning” as I ran past my running partner early this morning on the boardwalk.  He replied in kind and we were on our way.  No, I am not faster than him and didn’t pass him on our training run.  We passed each other going in opposite directions on our individual runs. Guess […]

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