Category: Running

Oct 21

Race Recap: Detroit International Marathon 2014

Detroit Marathon Race Recap 2014

“Congratulations! You did it!” The smile in the eyes of this total stranger perfectly matched the beaming grin across her face. I pulled the corners of my own mouth up into an appreciative grin as I lowered my head just enough for her to get the lanyard around it. The medal was heavier than I’d …

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Apr 15

Running a Marathon Didn’t Change My Life

Running a Marathon Didn't Change My Life

With legs of jelly and pain in places that I didn’t realize I had places, I’ll never forget turning that final corner. Wiping away the stinging combination of sweat and disbelief, two things simultaneously came into focus that, just a few minutes earlier, I was sure I’d never see again. Yet, with every step, my …

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Nov 22

Running in Traffic: What The Wall Street Journal Got Right

There is an opinion piece that ran over at The Wall Street Journal that has caused more chaffing in the running world than attempting an ultra-marathon in a cotton sweatshirt.  In the piece, “cleverly” titled “OK, You’re a Runner. Get Over It.”, a gentleman by the name of Chad Stafko shares his take on people …

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Oct 22

Race Recap: Detroit Marathon 2013

So often when I’m working through an idea for a post here, I lock into a concept and then try to find clever ways to slowly unwrap it for you.  Kind of a verbal striptease with my excessive use of ellipses being the grammatical pasties that cover up my real intentions.  It’s a little verbal …

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Oct 03

Four Miles

The spreadsheet taped inside the cabinet gives me my daily training assignment.  For the 16 weeks since the end of base, I’ve gotten my orders and, whether I was happy about it or not, knocked it out.  Each day, with a “mission accomplished” and a nod from me, my girls would grab a Sharpie and …

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Sep 30

Legs

My legs and I are having a disagreement this morning about whether or not we’re going to do our five mile training run today. I’m all in.  I know that if I’m going to make it to the starting line and, more importantly, the finish line on the 20th, it’s these last few weeks of …

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Sep 16

The Most Powerful Verb

I was already well into the third mile when the sun finally started peeking above the horizon.  This past Saturday morning, like the dozen before it, I quietly left the house in the pitch black stillness that you only seem to find at “stupid o’clock”.  The kids were still sawing logs in their rooms as …

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Jul 16

Running Through My Mind

Long before I decided to run this marathon… Long before I ran my first 5K… Long before I used running as my chief form of exercise… Long before I even owned a pair of running shoes… …I had friends who were runners.  Crazy, crazy friends who were runners. The concept of finding pleasure in running …

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Jul 04

Freedom

I snuck out the door this 4th of July morning as the sun was still coming up.  The Wife and kids still tucked away in bed likely thinking about the colorful parade and bountiful cookout that would fill their Independence Day.  With my ear buds in and my injured foot nursed back to about 85%, …

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Jun 26

Outbreak

Last Saturday, me and about 150 of my “closest friends” that I’ll be running the marathon with this October (shout out to Team World Vision!) gathered in a local city for the first of what will be weekly group training runs from now until the event.  Smaller groups have been popping up over the weeks …

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