Pete’s Year 2015 in Review: Teaching, Blogging, and Running

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2015 was a year of change for me on both the running and personal fronts. I decided in late 2014 that the full-time blogging thing was not for me. Though the freedom of being my own boss was great, and financially I was doing well, I realized that as a career it was just not […]

I Was Bitten By a Dog While Running: A Christmas Story

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My most unexpected Christmas gift this year was a 3 hour trip to the emergency room. Fortunately Santa Claus was not the giver of this cruel present. Rather, it was received from a large German Shepherd that I encountered while out on a run on Christmas Day. I’ve been running on the trails behind my house for […]

Reflections on My First Week of Teacher Certification School

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It’s not often in life that you get to press the reset button, but that’s kind of how I feel about my experiences this past week. On Monday I started the teacher certification program at the Upper Valley Educator’s Institute in Lebanon, NH. As I drove the hour to and from the school each day, […]

The Best thing About Blogging and Running: People

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Sometimes you need to get things off your chest before you can move forward. I’ve been suffering a bit of writer’s block because I waited so long to write and publish the post I released yesterday. Though it can be difficult to reveal one’s vulnerabilities to a larger audience, I’ve found that doing so can […]

On Blogging, Burnout, and Life

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I nearly pulled the plug on this blog last Fall. The fact that I didn’t is largely attributable to the support of my wife and my family. I feel compelled to mention them at the beginning of this post since they are far wiser about issues of life than I am, and they deserve credit […]

Respecting the Heat on the Run–I Never Seem to Learn

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I feel like I write this post every spring. In fact, I probably do. I figure that maybe if I keep writing it, one year I’ll learn to do things differently. This was not that year. Yesterday I went for a seven mile run. Nothing too special about that, but it was the first really […]

Reflections on a Killer Trail Race

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I ran my first race of the year on Saturday. It was a 10 mile trail race, but I feel like I just ran a marathon. My body is pretty well wrecked, but in a good way. As is often the case with races, the pain I felt during has been replaced by a feeling […]

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 […]

10 Things I’ve Done While Coaching at the Craftsbury Masters Running Camp This Week

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For the past five days I’ve been working as a coach for the annual Masters Running Camp up in Craftsbury, Vermont. This is the second year I’ve worked at the camps, and the experience has been incredible once again. The camps, held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, are run by Lynn Jennings, and it’s very […]

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 […]