Manchester City Marathon 2010 Race Report

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

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

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 […]

Race Report: Global Benefit 5K in Pembroke, NH

Thrilling, exciting, and just a tiny bit disappointing – those are the words that best describe my experience running the Global Benefit 5k in Pembroke, NH this morning. It was an awesome day for me, and not just because I had my first top 3 finish in an official race. With three kids in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Runblogger Runcast #6 – 2010 Disney Marathon Video Compilation

On January 10, I ran the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon. I went into this race with no expectations other than to have a good time and do my best, and it turned into one of the most amazing running experiences I have ever had – easily the most enjoyable of the five marathons I […]

Race Report: Manchester City Marathon 2009

When I first signed up to run both the Hartford and Manchester City Marathons this Fall, I was under the mistaken impression that there would be four weeks between them. From past marathon experience, I knew that it takes me about that much time to fully recover from the 26.2 mile race effort, and even […]

Race Report: 2009 Hartford Marathon

When it comes to races, marathons are truly a different beast than any other distance I have run, both mentally and physically. We spend months training and obsessing about marathon strategy, but unfortunately sometimes things don’t go our way on race day, which can lead to disappointment. Yesterday I ran the 2009 ING Hartford Marathon […]

Race Report: Cigna Elliot Corporate 5k (2009)

I generally enter races with both an A goal and a B goal. The A goal is the one that I try to keep to myself, my “dream” goal if you will. My B goal is the time that I think I can realistically beat and still be satisfied with the effort. Only on rare […]