What has running (sports) given you?

What has running (sports) given you?

At first glance, running and racing appears to be a bit silly, aren’t 99% of us losers fighting for scraps left over by the leaders of the pack?  I run so that I can race, and races are to determine who is the winner, and since I hardly ever win, aren’t I just wasting my time? What’s really the point of all this madness?  Early morning runs, evening runs, rainy runs, tempo runs, snowy runs, interval runs, looong runs, why not just play with my kids and go for a…

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

I normally write about running and fitness but after yet another mass school shooting, I feel the need to express myself, and since I write for my own blog, I can do whatever I want. As someone who works in an elementary school, these issues hit particularity close to home, and frankly our response to these events has bothered me enough to finally act.  We react to these tragedies with rightful sorrow, horror, and sadness, and then we proceed to offer solutions akin to throwing sticks at a grizzly. At…

Honey do list…umm maybe after I run!

Honey do list…umm maybe after I run!

Tomorrow I turn 36 years old, an age that provides no exciting new privileges or benefits.  Rather it seems to firmly stamp me as an adult.  Somehow at this stage of life, I’ve agreed to willfully perform all manner of activities that my younger self would have considered outlandishly demanding and overwhelming in their scope and requirements. Many of these activities interfere with my training! I’ve managed to develop proficiency in mulch spreading, wall painting (no small feat given my color-blindness), and feeding our cats.  I do a decent job…

Chasing Boston – The Plan

Chasing Boston – The Plan

As many of my readers are already aware, I’m currently training for the Pocono Marathon coming up May 20th of this year.  My number one objective for the race is to qualify for Boston.  Based on my age, the cutoff time for me is 3 hours, 10 minutes.  I am shooting for a time much below this cutoff, but if things go south out on the course, this qualifying time will continue to lurk in the back of my mind, providing the baseline through which success or failure will ultimately…

The only time I trained to Win

The only time I trained to Win

I realize many of us will never dream of winning a race, but the point of this story isn’t really about winning, its about fully committing to a goal and pursuing that goal with no fear of failure, no hedging your bets, or making a back up plan.  To borrow a phrase from an old friend, its about “Going All In.” Have you ever fully committed to anything in life, removed all distractions, put all your eggs in the basket and simply gone for it, fully aware that failure is…

Yes, even YOU, can inspire!

Yes, even YOU, can inspire!

I’ve written a lot lately about getting out there when the weather is tough, or its early and you are tired.  I’ve written about pursuing your limits and chasing after rivals, both real and imagined.  I’ve encouraged you to take credit for your accomplishments and to choose the positive when setting your goals and aspirations. I do all these things as a way to motivate myself to take my training to the next level.  In order to reach my racing goals, I need to be out there even when I…

What’s it like to run a sub 5 minute mile?

What’s it like to run a sub 5 minute mile?

A mental play by play account of the Harrisburg Mile July 2017. You are warmed up, you are ready.  You glance at your competition, you’ve stepped into the big pool today.  These guys look fast, like thoroughbreds, all muscle, you can see every muscle. You are nervous, everyone looks nervous.  You shake your legs, squat, jump, repeat. When are we going to start, lets just start already? The starter steps forward, your heart is racing, you are already sweating.  You crouch.  You never hear the gun or whistle or whatever…

Husky Run – A Strength training program for Runners

Husky Run – A Strength training program for Runners

Runner’s World keeps placing a workout called Iron Strength for Runners on my Facebook feed.  While I do find these exercise programs interesting and somewhat informative, as I occasionally learn a new exercise, I think I have a better workout. Of course runners should include strength training as part of their training programs, (don’t worry about getting all ripped and huge – if it happened easily you’d actually see people who are ripped and huge out walking around) but why do the workouts usually contain such nonsensical exercises; things like…

Be an Animal

Be an Animal

Once on the first day of a college course, the instructor asked as us to go around the room, sharing our name and an animal we’d like to be.  Now this was an English lit course, not biology or environmental science so my guess is this was to be an ice breaker, but I had already lost focus. There was a pretty girl sitting several rows in front of me.  She stated something about wanting to be a Kuala bear, I never heard the reasons.  Quickly, I decided I should…

Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness

January running stats – 1948 minutes, 37 runs, 2 rest days, mileage 243-278(estimated). May 20th, Pocono Marathon, I’ll be ready. These thoughts drifted through my head recently as I went on yet another run on another day.  I sped up. The alarm rings.  You’re already awake.  Your brain says to get up, but your feet don’t move.  The blankets are warm.  The wind howls through the branches.  You hear the drip of raindrops on the window.  Your beautiful wife lies next to you. Your feet hit the floor. The choice…