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!

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 […]

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 […]

Six Things I Learned on a 14 Mile Run This Morning

I ran 14 miles this morning. That’s not a particularly unusual amount for a distance runner, but it was the longest I’ve run since last summer, and today is the warmest day of the year so far in New Hampshire. As always, the first long run in heat each year is cause for some gentle […]

Why I’m No Longer on Anxiety Meds

Last Fall I wrote a lengthy post detailing my long term battle with an anxiety disorder. I’m happy to say that I’ve been off all meds for several months now, and have had virtually no issues whatsoever. I think the following pretty much sums up why: Old Job: Can you please spend the next few […]

5 Things I Learned From Running A Trail Race Last Weekend

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It’s been a long time since I’ve run a long trail race. I paced for about 7 miles last year at the Vermont 100 (my runner dropped), but the last trail race longer than a 5K that I ran for myself was the HAT Run 50K back in 2011. I forgot how much fun they […]

A Tale of Two 5K’s: How a Change in Race Approach Led to a Near PR

Sometime last year I decided that it was time to step away from the marathon for awhile and focus on shorter, faster races. I love marathons, but the training cycles had become a grind, and I was tired of focusing all of my effort on only one or two races per year. I have also […]

How Building a Blog is a Lot Like Running Your First Marathon

I got an email from a reader a couple of days ago who is in the process of starting a running blog. He was asking about how to build a blog audience and how to grow traffic (among other things). The email reminded me that I started another site several months ago to answer questions […]