How to Start Running – 10 Tips for Beginners from Someone Who’s Been There


There is a funny saying that cross-country runners like to throw around that goes something like this: “Our sport is your sport’s punishment.” Unfortunately, this quote carries with it more than just a hint of truth – most people simply hate to run. Running is hard, it takes time that could be spent doing other […]

Running Gear: Cheap, Homemade Energy Gel Flask

One of my downfalls during my first marathon experience in Vermont last year was an inability to effectively fuel after about halfway through the race (contributing to my “hitting the wall” around mile 15). One problem I have is that energy gels don’t work well for me. For one thing, the pouches are messy to […]

My Favorite Running Partner is a Dog Named Jack


Recently, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with a new running partner. He’s really been an ideal companion because he never complains about the weather (unless it’s really hot) or how far we’ve gone (more = better), and he seems to be able to read my mind when it comes to following a […]

Great Running Movies


Every once in awhile I need a little jolt to remind me why it is that I put myself through the physical and emotional punishment involved in training for and running marathons. A good movie is one thing that can accomplish this for me. When compared to other sports, the selection of running movies is […]

Going Live: Website for NH Runners is On-Line


As part of my foray into the on-line world, I’ve been working on a website dedicated to providing information of interest to runners in the state of New Hampshire. While it is still very much a work in progress, the Run-NH website is now on-line and accessible at I decided to go live with […]

Running Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 205/305 GPS Wristwatch

This review of the Garmin Forerunner 205/305 GPS Wristwatch follows up on my review of the Nike+ system (see here). I’ve used both of these systems extensively (> six months of regular use each), and my goal here is to explain why I much prefer the Garmin Forerunner. If you want a personal running computer […]

Nike+ = Great Running Commercials

In researching my recent posts where I explained why I prefer the Garmin Forerunner 205/305 to the Nike+ system, I do have to give Nike the nod in at least one area: they have awesome running commercials. Check these out: I have to hand it to them, Nike really are good at marketing.

Running Gear Review: Nike+ Ipod System


As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, and much to my wife’s chagrin, I’m a complete gadget junkie. Thus, to my good fortune, my initiation into the world of distance running about two years ago roughly coincided with the appearance on the market of several new high-tech running gadgets: the Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305, […]

A Great Day and a Great Run: Spring has Officially Sprung in NH

After officially committing to run the Vermont City Marathon a few weeks ago, I’ve successfully maintained my weekly mileage at or above 25/week. Long runs have been going well, though my legs are feeling the effects of the faster than desired increase in workload. Two weekends ago I did a twelve miler from home, after […]

The Origin of Oblinkin: How Charles Darwin Helped Me Become a Blogger


This is the first installment of what I hope will become a running series of posts on becoming a blogger. I have a long history with the world-wide-web. From the early 90’s and Prodigy (you get a gold star if you remember Prodigy), to the mainstream appearance of e-mail and the internet when I was […]