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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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Great Inspiration from Laird Hamilton

Laird Hamilton Surfing Teahupo'o

This is a follow-up to my previous post, which was a quick review of Laird Hamilton's book, Force of Nature:  Mind, Body, Soul (And, of Course, Surfing).  I usually take some notes when I read a book, especially one as informative and chock full of tips as this one.  So here are my notes, most […]

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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

Bing Images

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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Ten Tips to Surviving the Holiday Feasts


Everyone knows this is the busiest time of year. The month of December is filled with cocktail parties, dinners, lunches, and of course holiday celebrations. Plus, there’s work to be tied up before the end of the year and, for some, family vacations (or vacations from the family!). All of this tempts us to ...

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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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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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