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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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115.528 Miles in 24 Hours

Apr

1

2014

Mile 92 We had been at this for about 18 hours. I was not moving well, but I was moving.  My mind was not working particularly well either, but I surprised myself with this very lucid question, “Why am I doing this?”  I could not come up with a good answer. Back eight hours or so ago...

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Thinking Boston

Feb

22

2014

Thinking Boston

Eric

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It was a good day for running the Boston Marathon, but it was not a good run.  I knew a few miles in that it was going to be a struggle.  My ankle felt OK, but the weeks of missed training due to rehab had taken their toll.  Despite the disappointing time, there are few thrills in running greater...

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2013 Leadville 100 Trail Run: Video Race Report

Sep

2

2013

2013 Leadville 100 Trail Run: Video Race Report

Eric

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BUCKLE BABY! Take a look at the video of the journey and we’ll talk in a few minutes…                  Finished in 28 hrs 1 min and 27 secs and shaved over an hour off of last year’s time.  But, quite frankly, none of that matters all that much.  While I will not...

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Chicago Marathon 2012 Race Report

Oct

10

2012

Chicago Marathon 2012 Race Report

Eric

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This past Sunday I learned that a strict regimen of undertraining and overtapering can pay off in the most satisfying of ways.  Forget eating your vegetables.  Toss out any thought of early to bed and early to rise.  And the Golden Rule?  Nonsense.  Don’t believe any of it.  The path to success...

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LEADVILLE 100: A CATHEDRAL OF ASPENS

Sep

3

2012

pass freely and pay no mind not important, not now mind and soul still filled with a cathedral of aspens – “Thirty-Four” by Eric Strand, ultrarunner, LT100 finisher, LT100 buckler and utra-bad ultra-poet This will be the last Life & Hope Fund update . . . $14,643 of AWESOME...

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