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November 2015

Look Out NYC, Squamish, and Imogene! I’m coming for ya!

In one week, I will run my final race of 2015, the North Face Endurance Half Marathon near San Francisco, CA. It was supposed to be my first ultra marathon, a 50K. Unfortunately, when the knee injury hit, plans got changed. I missed the Hot Chocolate 15K and the Back Country Half Marathon completely. The 50K becomes a Half Marathon. No problem, adaptability is a human characteristic and I have… Read More »Look Out NYC, Squamish, and Imogene! I’m coming for ya!

One of Those Days…

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving. In this topsy turvy world, there is much for which to be thankful. Not today’s run, however.I awakened this morning to thoughts of a longer run, something in the 11-14 range. I even plotted a few various courses allowing for wind direction changes. I was a man on a mission. Then, I didn’t head out the door. And the longer I didn’t head out the… Read More »One of Those Days…

What’s All This Fuss About Air Solution?

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For years, Saturday Night Live viewers were entertained by the bearer of the most relevant news, Roseanne Roseannadanna. Portrayed by the incredible Gilda Radner, each week Roseann would read from a letter from Mr. Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Mr. Feder would always have a question for Roseann, which she would always misunderstand, misquote, or mishandle. Therein lied the humor. Decades before BLOGGING, Roseanne gave us the perfect… Read More »What’s All This Fuss About Air Solution?

The UP Side of Downgrading

Suunto Ambit2 Yay! The “final” decision was made today. I have opted down at the North Face Endurance Challenge on December 5. Originally, the plan was to run the 50K. With the prolonged knee issues and the loss of training therein, I am instead running the Half Marathon. I consider this an extreme disappointment. Yet while hovering at the bottom of that decision I have found the road to an… Read More »The UP Side of Downgrading

Teachers Make the Worst Students

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In the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of attending a few classes taught by several instructors. While it is usually me in the front of the room, I relish the opportunity to learn from my peers and observe their techniques. Over my lifetime, I have understood several lessons that have served me well in specific times: salespeople make the worst buyers, doctors make the worst patients and teachers… Read More »Teachers Make the Worst Students

Better Than Sex?

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The Campaign for Learning in the U.K. recently compiled research on an age-old topic: learning. Basically, the article was focused on sharing some statistics in order to get people to see the UP-side of learning. Some of the information they shared was: 95% of people think that learning about new things boosts your confidence. (National Adult Learning Survey, DfEE, 1998)  I am guessing that every one of us could use a… Read More »Better Than Sex?

Knee Stuff

The more things stay the same, the more they stay the same. Not exactly how the saying goes but it captures the current status of my running life. In the last three weeks or so, I have gotten in about 60 miles. That’s it. That is less than a normal week under normal conditions. I suppose it’s better than zero, right? I began treatment by gimping around the house, figuring… Read More »Knee Stuff