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The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good: Boston 2016

May

29

2016

Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you. – Neil Armstrong, Moonwalker and Wannabe Boston Marathoner   Last year, Boston 2015 was a breeze. A cold, rain-infused, stiff 20 mph headwind to...

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I Am Not Ready

Aug

21

2015

I Am Not Ready

Eric

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It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any. -Hugh...

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Hamsters and Unicorns and Llamas

Jun

5

2015

Hamsters and Unicorns and Llamas

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  Oh my.  Running has been a bit of a zoo lately. Hamsters “Never. Again” I admit spewing a stream of “never again” invective around Mile 90 of last year’s Howard Aslinger 24-Hour Endurance Run.  Appealing as running around a 0.984-mile loop for 24 hours might...

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On Streaking and Never Again

Mar

14

2015

On Streaking and Never Again

Eric

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You’ve probably been asking yourself, “My right index finger seems a little melancholy, what can I do?”  THANK GOD YOU FOUND THIS POST.  You see, the very best feel-good click of the day is right here. You are a good person and we all agree kids are generally good and that...

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Crossing the Line

Jan

17

2015

Crossing the Line

Eric

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Flashback to December. The race season is done and the miles are in the bank.  Winter Break. A well-deserved feast of low miles and high caloric input.  The runner’s bacchanalia. 11 months of the year we set the alarm at 4:30 AM, lay out our running gear, curse the forecast, decline the invitations...

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In a Boston Second

Dec

14

2014

In a Boston Second

Eric

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Do ya’ feel lucky, punk? – Clint Eastwood       After missing the Boston Marathon cutoff by 2 seconds last year and 1 second this year, I do not feel particularly lucky.  But I do feel fortunate.  And hopeful.  We were able to turn that 2 seconds last year into $12,000...

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Leadville 100: There Will Be Blood. And Llamas.

Sep

7

2014

Leadville 100: There Will Be Blood. And Llamas.

Eric

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It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.  – Sir Edmund Hillary     If you prefer your race reports in gritty living color, take a look at the video shot on the course . . . then I’ll give you the play-by-play of what was going on in my head that could not be captured...

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Grandma’s Double 2014: Winner and Still Champion

Jun

29

2014

Grandma’s Double 2014: Winner and Still Champion

Eric

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“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”  -Henry Rollins, Punk Rocker, Poet and Wannabe Ultrarunner The car pulled into the Mobil station in Canal Park, headlamps illuminating ghostly apparitions.  It was 2:45 AM on the morning of Grandma’s...

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“YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!”

Jun

20

2014

“YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!”

Eric

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To everything there is a season. – Solomon, Biblical Author and Ultrarunner How do you mark time?  Semesters, mortgage payments, elections, heartbeats, movement of the stars?  For compulsive runners, it’s the annual marathon . . . the one you were going to do just that one time.  One and...

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Boston 2014: May You Run and Not Grow Weary

Apr

20

2014

I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon in support of Ironstone Farm and the work they do to help kids and adults with disabilities.  To learn more about why this particular organization is so important to our family, CLICK HERE. Plus, for a short time only, you get a psychological FREE PONY with every...

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