Finding a Runner’s High in Maine

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The “Runner’s High” is an elusive thing. I sometimes think that non-runners believe that we all go out there in search of the high on every run. That running is some kind of addiction. Maybe it is, but I can honestly say that in the seven years that I’ve been running with purpose I’ve felt […]

How Many Miles Do You Run at Running Camp?

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For the past two weeks I worked as a coach at the annual adult summer running camps in Craftsbury, VT. My primary role there is to present on training physiology, form & footwear, and to do gait analysis for the campers. However, I also get to participate in a lot of the workouts and do […]

Parenting and Running: Finding the Balance

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Every once in awhile you read something that hits you at a deep emotional level. I had that experience just now reading this article by Katie Arnold on Outside Online. In the article, Arnold writes about the relationship between being a parent and running ultras, and she is both candid and honest in sharing her […]

Running From Stress on the Track

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I had a very stressful morning. I’m leaving for Craftsbury, VT on Sunday for two weeks of coaching at the summer running camps. I love the job, but prepping my presentations has been time consuming, and as a homebody I generally get stressed when I have to leave my family for long periods of time. […]

Busted: Never Steal Skechers From Your Mom

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I spent the 4th of July holiday with my parents up in Maine. As a shoe reviewer, I tend to travel with a lot of shoes, and while packing to come home yesterday I loaded them all into the Thule box on top of our car. Apparently I swiped an extra pair…busted on Facebook!

Try This Killer 4x400m Workout

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One of the things I love about working with Coach Caleb is that he always keeps my training interesting. Each weekend I get a training plan with workouts for the coming week, and the speed/quality work in particular is always varied. It might be track intervals, a tempo run, hill repeats/sprints, or some other form […]

Kid Cross Country: What My 8 Year Old Daughter Taught Me About Running and Competing

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”It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” -Emil Zátopek This is not a post about men. It’s not a post about boys. It’s a post about my little girl. My daughter Emma is 8 years old. She’s a kind-hearted, gentle soul who doesn’t have an aggressive […]

Coaching Beginning Runners is One of the Most Rewarding Jobs I Have Ever Had

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One day last winter I was running near a park about a half mile from the clinic where I work. Passing another runner was a fairly rare occurrence in January and February this year – all but the most diehard had given up on running outdoors due to the consistently frigid temperatures. But on that […]

Flirting With Heat Exhaustion on Today’s Run

There’s a fine line between being tough about your training and being stupid. I crossed that line today, then continued to run a bit further. I had 8 miles on my schedule, but honestly had not thought to look at the weather report this morning. I was working in my air-conditioned office at the clinic […]

Shirt or No Shirt When Running in Heat?

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Last winter I wrote a post on a topic of intense debate among runners: shorts or no shorts over winter running tights? It wound up being one of the most popular posts on this site, and it became clear that we runners have strong opinions about fashion etiquette! Now that the weather has warmed up […]