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Levels

Training progresses on steps – levels. As one becomes more fit, they proceed to the next level. These levels, while clear to the runner (when they are occurring) are next to impossible to predict and thus, tough to work into a plan. I feel as though I have popped up to the next level this week. My easy runs are at a faster pace than before and my tempo pace… Read More »Levels

On the Edge.

Watched one of my favorite running movies tonight, On the Edge with Bruce Dern. It is the story of Wes Holman, a once famous fictional runner who, in his forties, comes back to race his hometown race. The race is the also fictional Cielo Sea, fashioned after the famous Dipsea race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. To make a long story short, Holman comes back to train for the… Read More »On the Edge.

“Trial of Miles. Miles of Trials”

Before I file the 2010 training log, I thought I’d take one last peek. As has been previously written, I ran 2031 miles in 2010. In my 45 years of running, that ranks 25th for mileage volume. After running 2300+ in 2009 and not missing any days, the goal for ’10 was to remain consistent and continue to build some aerobic fitness. Although I missed 15 days due to a… Read More »“Trial of Miles. Miles of Trials”

Happy New Year

First run of the year was a COLD one this morning in the Cherry Creek State Park. Part of the paved trail was plowed (I think by a citizen that walks there regularly, as opposed to the park people doing it). I like running in the snow a bunch, the problem I have is running the unshoveled areas where everyone else has run. It becomes extremely uneven and wobbly. No… Read More »Happy New Year

A Cold, Anchoring Run!

As I close the book on 2010,  I’m chomping at the bit for 2011. After two rough years, I finally am beginning to feel anchored again and believe that the worst is in my rear view mirror (I can’t speak for your mirror, sorry). A big part of the anchor is the run (and that doesn’t take away from the other important anchors in my life: my wife, Linda and… Read More »A Cold, Anchoring Run!

George Carlin, Tony Robbins and My Goals!

George Carlin once said that your values are “what you’d do for $10 or what you’d do with $10.” Although not elaborated upon, George was hinting strongly that our values, then, are SUBjective. To each his (or her) own, sort of. Today, it’s almost New Years, the age old time for reflection and resolution. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions. They are too easily broken (in fact,… Read More »George Carlin, Tony Robbins and My Goals!

BRRRRR!

Something about a very cold run that kind of cleans me out. Today the temp was low and falling, the humidity was up a bit and the wind was BLOWING! Kind of a Midwest sort of day. I like running in that type of weather for three reasons. First, there’s no one else out and that makes me feel tough, dedicated and unique! Then, there is the cold. When it’s… Read More »BRRRRR!

Recap: Flying Pig Marathon May 2000 (Living in the Past)

Reprinted from my real estate newsletter, The Finish Line: June 2000 Occasionally, I get e-mail from a running friend who has taken the time to send everyone they know a note describing in the most minute detail every facet of their latest race. While I approach these writings with the same caution I would utilize with ripe mule carcass, I almost always read them and send back some relevant comment… Read More »Recap: Flying Pig Marathon May 2000 (Living in the Past)

My Buddy

Went for a nice run the other day in the Cherry Creek State Park. While running a trail near the creek, I startled a doe coming around a bend. She gave me a look and ran into the high bushes. When I got to her space (even deer have space, you know) there was her boyfriend (pictured) giving me the evil eye roughly 30 feet away. With him being a… Read More »My Buddy

Am I serious?

Am I serious? Sometime early tomorrow morning, I’ll pass the 2000 mile mark for the year’s running. There will be no balloons, or bands and Ann Wessling won’t be cheering me in the last fifty yards. Chances are, in fact, I won’t be completely sure when it happens, I’m most often drifting in and out of some pretty profound thoughts during  runs. I will know this: I have had a… Read More »Am I serious?