The Running Nuns of St. Charles Children’s Home in Rochester, NH


Since I started this blog a year ago, I’ve met a lot of people who have done some great things through running. I’d like to use this post to highlight a particular group of women who are working hard to change the lives of troubled children for the better, and one of the ways they […]

Why My Fall Marathons Probably Won’t Earn Me a Trip to Boston in 2010


Let me start this post by stating the obvious – I am passionate about distance running. There are few things in life that I enjoy more than being out on the road or trail and feeling the steady beat of my footsteps underneath me. Like many passionate distance runners, I also take pride in my […]

Vibram Fivefinger Fun-Run: Puddle Stomping Like a Kid in My "Monster Shoes"

Image via Wikipedia Today was one of those cool, rainy Fall-like days that make you want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, two cords of firewood awaited stacking in my driveway, and a restful day wasn’t in the cards. For me, the annual stacking […]

A Memorable Week of Running


We runner’s often like to say that our sport is one of distinct ups and downs. Some days/weeks it’s all you can do to force yourself out the door, others it’s all you can do to hold yourself back from running yourself into the ground because you feel so darn good. For me, this past […]

The Man Versus Horse Marathon


Image via Wikipedia If someone asked you if you could outrun a horse, your answer would most likely be a resounding “no.” You’d probably consider the idea of a human being able to outrun a horse at any distance to be preposterous. However, if you happen to be an elite marathoner and the race covers […]

Long Slow Distance Ladder Track Intervals, Or Something


Image by Michael Lokner via Flickr My run today was either brilliantly insane, or insanely brilliant – I’m still not really sure which. One of the things I’ve realized in training for a Fall marathon (or two) is that heat can make it very difficult to get good long runs in during the summer. I’m […]

Photo-Run #2: A Runner and His Dog on the Road and Trail in Concord, NH

Whenever I read run reports from other runners on sites like Dailymile or Twitter, I always try to picture what the area they run in looks like. With that in mind, I decided to let everyone in on what it’s like to run in Concord, NH with a dog named Jack. All of these photos […]

4 and 40: Deriving Motivation from Meaningless Numbers


Image by Stewf via Flickr I had absolutely no desire to run today. After 14 miles on the road yesterday (including a 10 mile race), 2 hours of canoe paddling, dinner and kid-play with friends, and the mental anguish associated with seeing my wife and 3yo daughter head off to emergency room at 9:00 last […]

Race Report: Belmont 10 Mile Road Race


View Larger Map After two years of running, I can finally say that I ran a race conservatively and with some degree of intelligence. Normally, I squeeze out every last bit of energy in races, finishing with a desire to do nothing but collapse on the ground. I have a problem when it comes to […]

My Running Evolution


I’ve recently been reading the book “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” by Haruki Murakami. Murakami’s book is really hard to describe or categorize – it’s part personal running memoir, part race report, part life story, with a heavy dose of personal philosophy sprinkled in. Mix it all together and you have […]