Qualifying for Boston at the Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon: My Race Report

Three and a half years ago I was overweight and out-of-shape (see picture at left) – my 190 pound body was far more comfortable sitting on the couch and watching TV than clicking off miles out on the road. Yesterday, however, after burning off about 25 pounds from my 5’10” frame (the right-hand picture to […]

My Hampton Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon Result

BQ 3:15:21 Couldn’t Be Happier!!! Thanks to Everyone for Your Support! Full report coming soon.

Fearing the Marathon: My Feelings of Self-Doubt

Image via Wikipedia I sit here one week out from running marathon #6 suffering from a very familiar feeling of immense apprehension. Strike that, let’s call it what it is: fear. Truth be told, the marathon scares me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the race, and I love the distance, but the feelings of […]

Fall and Spring Marathon Plans: What to Do About the Shoe?

I’ve had a few people ask me about my racing plans for the Fall/Spring, so I thought I’d write a post to list my schedule, and discuss a personal dilemma that I’m facing with regard to shoe choice – yes, these are the dilemmas that keep me awake at night! Right now, I’m planning on […]

Runblogger Podcast #17: Baby Ben, Boston, and Fall Marathon Plans

Where the heck have I been??? Why haven’t I put out a new Runblogger Podcast episode in over a month? Listen to RP#17 to find out what I’ve been up to! In this grab-bag of an episode I: -talk about the events of the past 5 weeks, including the birth of my son Ben, and […]

Elite Males in Slow-Motion at the 2010 Boston Marathon: Cheruiyot, Merga, Kebede, Kigen, Goumri, Keflezighi, Hall

Image via Wikipedia A few weeks ago I posted a slow-motion video of Ryan Hall from the 2010 Boston Marathon that was taken by a pair of my undergraduate students (thanks Erin and Daniella!). They headed down to Newton on Marathon Monday to watch and film portions the race, and as it turns out, they […]

On Qualifying for the Boston Marathon: My Quest for a BQ

Image via Wikipedia What follows is an except from a post I just published to the dailymile Community Blog: If you asked me 5 years ago what the letters BQ stand for, I would have had no idea. Back then I was overweight, out of shape, and the idea of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, […]

Runblogger Runcast #8 – Avoiding "The Wall" at the 2010 Disney Marathon

A few weeks ago I ran the 2010 Disney Marathon in a PR time of 3:24:49 (read my Disney Race Report here), and it was the first of my five marathons in which I managed to avoid bonking (check out these split charts from my five marathons). Runblogger Runcast #8 discusses the reasons that I […]

A Tale of Five Marathons – How Disney was Different

I’ve now run 5 marathons in the past 2.5 years, and I had become accustomed to “the wall” arriving right around mile 16. Honestly, I didn’t think I would ever run a marathon where I didn’t bonk with about 8 miles to go. The mile-split charts below largely speak for themselves, but you can see […]

Race Report: 2010 Disney Marathon

It’s still a little difficult for me to wrap my head around what happened to me last weekend.  You see, I’d reached a point of utter frustration with the marathon.  Before Sunday, I’d run four of them, and each one went pretty much the same way – I’d run well early in the race, smack […]