Category Archives: Marathon

Posts about the marathon, training and mental approach

Maintaining Your Edge

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway Goals worth pursuing often seem daunting. Take a degree or an apprenticeship for example. Focusing on the diploma or certification can make a goal … Continue reading

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eBook – A Different Kind of Running Memoir

“Writing novels, to me, is basically a kind of manual labor. Writing itself is mental labor, but finishing an entire book is closer to manual labor.” – Haruki Murakami Cover design by Sean Montgomery After one year in print Twenty-four … Continue reading

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Ludicrous Ultra Training

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain Last night I spent hours proofing the manuscript of my memoir to convert it to eBook format. Reading about myself as a young man–fifty-ish–I realized how much I’ve changed. I mean, … Continue reading

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Stories Keep Us Alive

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde In the chapter titled “The Half-Centenarian Club” in Twenty-four Years to Boston I wrote about celebrating my fiftieth birthday with a thirteen-mile run. No big deal really, … Continue reading

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The Day After Ten Years After

“The past is never where you think you left it.” – Catherine Ann Porter Perspective is a beautiful thing. Ten years ago I ran the Steamtown Marathon with my eye on the clock, calculating splits, rationing gels, taking every conceivable … Continue reading

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Best-laid Plans…

“The best laid plans of mice and me, often go awry.” – Robert Burns On a typical year I enter races longer in distance as training runs for my annual marathon. I eat healthier as race day approaches to drop … Continue reading

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Maddeningly Simple Marathon Strategy and Goal

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw Ten years ago my strategy for the Steamtown Marathon was to run 8:13 per mile. I maintained a regimented training program–intervals, … Continue reading

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