Western States 100 2015 DNF: Post Drop Thoughts

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by David Henry As I write this, it has been just a little over 3 weeks since I dropped out of the 2015 Western States 100 at mile 78.  I wanted to let things sink in a bit before writing some thoughts about things I learned through the experience; I now feel ready to do so. […]

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 As is often the case with races, the pain I felt during has been replaced by a feeling […]

NH Reach the Beach Relay Race Report by My Wife Erin

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Let me begin by saying I don’t race. I hate racing and always have. For one, I don’t have a competitive bone in my body (except when playing backgammon, or any game for that matter, with my husband). I just don’t thrive on the stress and anticipation of race day. The jittery feeling, instead of […]

Ultra Race Report: Gratitude and Distillation at the Bighorn 100 Trail Run

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This is a guest post by Runblogger trail writer David Henry. You can read all of David’s posts here. My Racing Background Running a 100 mile race is something that had captivated my imagination ever since I found out they existed.  Something about the adventure and near impossibility of the idea intrigued me.  I fortunately (or […]

The 5K Bites Me Back: Humbled By Heat And Hills

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About a month ago I ran a 5K in which I finished just two seconds short of my PR. To say that I was happy would be an understatement. It was only my second 5K of the year, and it gave me hope that a new PR would soon follow. I had set my eyes […]

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 […]

Race Recap: New PR at the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon!

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One of my most vivid memories from high school was having to complete the 3-mile run in under 21 minutes on the track to make the varsity soccer team. I did it, but just barely (it hurt!), and I can remember teammates puking after they crossed the finish-line. I’m way more competitive with myself than […]

Race Report: Friendly Kitchen 5K

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written a race report, the main reason being that I simply have not run that many races in the past two years. My last race was back in April of this year, a 5K in which I ran a time of 19:20. Given my lack of consistent training […]

Jenny Simpson Wins Gold in the Women’s 1500m at the 2011 World Championships at Daegu

Another great finish at the World Championships at Daegu. This time American Jenny Barringer-Simpson kicks to a 1st place finish in the women’s 1500m. As reported on Runner’s World, she is the first American female middle distance gold medalist at a World Championships since Mary Decker Slaney in 1983 – a huge boost for American […]

Vibram Fivefingers KomodoSport Review and 5K Race Report

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For the first few years after I started running, the 5k was my preferred race distance – in fact, my 5k PR (18:51) was set back in 2008. Like many runners, I was quickly bitten by the marathon bug and focused most of 2009-2010 on long distance races. I’ve run only a handful of 5k’s […]

Race Report: 2011 Boston Marathon

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Last summer I spent a weekend in Boston with my family, and during the trip I paid a visit the the Bill Rogers Running Center for the first time. While there, I admired the many Boston Marathon shirts that were for sale, but chose not to buy one since I had not yet qualified for […]

Hat Run 50K Race Report: Friends, Woods, Water, and Hills = Perfection

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At 9:00 AM last Saturday morning I stood at the starting line of the Hat Run 50K in a grassy field in Susquehanna Sate Park, MD (photo at left by Jeff Hinte, HAT Race Director). I was contemplating the fact that I was about to run 31 miles on hilly trails that would take me […]

Manchester City Marathon 2010 Race Report

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Last Sunday I ran the Manchester City Marathon, my second and final marathon of the Fall racing season. The 5 weeks between earning my BQ at Smuttynose and my running of this race were both crazily busy and exhausting, and my motivation to train for the race in Manchester was sorely lacking. I did put […]

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

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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 […]

Race Report: 2010 Bridgton 4 on the 4th Road Race

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I almost didn’t run this race today. In fact, if it was up to my wife I would have stayed home. I’ve been pushing myself really hard lately on my runs, and probably doing more speedwork than I should. After a 5K last weekend, followed by 2 miles barefoot the day after, and then a […]