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Yah, Sure: 7th Annual Grandma’s DOUBLE

Mar

29

2019

Yah, Sure: 7th Annual Grandma’s DOUBLE

Eric

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You’d think seven years of having people yelling “you’re going the wrong way” would get old. Nope. Never. Great Leadville 100 training run up the North Shore with first-time doubler, Andy Lohn, and second-time doubler, Zach Strand. Andy, by the way, turned this training run...

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Boston 2018: Wicked Pissah

Mar

10

2019

Boston 2018: Wicked Pissah

Eric

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Most war stories get better with time.  It will be very interesting to see how this story ages because it was epic before it started. For once, weather.com got it right.  26 miles of 25 mph headwinds.  39 degrees from start to finish.  Driving rain every step of the way forcing 2000+...

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GOAT?

Nov

30

2018

GOAT?

Eric

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GOAT.  Greatest Of All Time.  That’s what they say about Ann Trason. Not too sure about that.  I’m a bit skeptical of flat platitudes since I haven’t been around to experience All Time. But, maybe GOOT.  The analytic in me could make a good argument for Greatest Of Our Time. Ann...

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Napa to Boston

Nov

4

2018

Napa to Boston

Eric

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So many reasons to run the Napa Valley Marathon. My Minnesota running hero, Dick Beardsley, has stomped some grapes here. He set the course record of 2 hrs 16 minutes which still stands to this day. It’s a great place to recover as you are surrounded by outstanding culinary fare and the best cabernet...

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Postultimate

Feb

25

2018

Postultimate

Eric

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I’ve always been drawn to the penultimate. That moment or chapter or verse or whatever before the final thing. Ski tips over the edge of a double black diamond as inertia gives way to gravity.  That moment when you reach for the ring in your pocket, get down on one knee and hope it turns out OK. ...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go

May

29

2017

This indecision’s bugging me (esta indecision me molesta) – The Clash, punk band and Ragnar relay team       Most runners aren’t very good at dealing with injury.  Frankly, I thought I would completely suck at it.  But running thousands of miles a year for the better...

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The Masochism Tango

Mar

31

2017

The Masochism Tango

Eric

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I ache for the touch of your lips dear, But much more for the touch of your whips dear You can raise welts like nobody else As we dance to the Masochism Tango -The Masochism Tango by Tom Lehrer, Mathemetician, Songwriter and Wannabe Ultrarunner   Some people may point to our desire to run 100 miles...

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Gratitude

Mar

18

2017

Gratitude

Eric

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Lap 17 on a nondescript 1.015 mile loop in the dead of night circumnavigating a 24 hour hamsterfest that is the Howard Aslinger Endurance Run. A lap that should trigger nothing more than the muscle memory of having done this hundreds of times before.  Except for a blinding flash of pain in my...

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Post-it

Feb

26

2017

Post-it

Eric

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I’ve used this Post-it note strategy for a few years and wrote this for work a few weeks ago . . . thought the Superpower of Post-Its might be worth sharing.  – Eric I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Most of us are able to stick with a new diet or workout regimen for...

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How to BQ in 30 Days or Less

Sep

25

2016

How to BQ in 30 Days or Less

Eric

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The Leadville 100 is my running jones. From January 1st to mid-August each of the past 5 years, it’s what gets me out of bed when the alarm goes off at 4 AM. But after the sub-30 LT100 buckle has been secured to the Hello Kitty belt, my attention turns to earning another blue & gold ticket...

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