Monthly Archives: October 2014

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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Smiles Through the Clouds

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. “ – Ian Maclaren Perspective gives life context—like thinking about the sun shining on the other side of clouds during a week-long storm, or all of … 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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Ten Years After

“Wheresoever you go, go with all of your heart. ” – Confucius My son’s buddy reminded me that this year marks the tenth anniversary we ran the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pennsylvania together. It was Shawn’s first. I should have remembered … Continue reading

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