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Kipchoge: The GOAT

Eliud Kipchoge and Coach Patrick Sang This morning, in Berlin Germany, Eliud Kipchoge broke the world record for 26 miles, 385 yards: the marathon. He ran 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds. Roughly an average of 4:37 per mile for the distance. For Kipchoge, it was the only obstacle left in his unbelievable career. And also, the only obstacle that kept him from being seen as the Greatest Marathoner Of… Read More »Kipchoge: The GOAT

52 Years of Running. Happy Runnerversary to me.

Well, here we are again. Another year has passed and yet another runnerversary has come around the curve.  52 years. 112,555 miles. Yikes.I have to say that while I am extremely motivated today, the reality of this running thing is that I really don’t know how it’s going at this time. My knee is a definite problem. Progress is, to say the least…..S L O W…..  I might run anywhere… Read More »52 Years of Running. Happy Runnerversary to me.

It’s The Little Thing That Gets You. SF Half Marathon Report

The last few weeks, my knee has gone from good to great to lousy and back. There have been days when walking was painful but as soon as a run would begin, the pain went away. Weird, right? I confess that recently I’ve had more good days than bad, however, so I was excited to test my “somewhat better” knee at the San Francisco Half Marathon. The problem: the little… Read More »It’s The Little Thing That Gets You. SF Half Marathon Report

But officer, I didn’t mean to Streak!

It began innocently enough. I was compiling miles on June 29 to be able to know my mileage for the first half of the year. Because I don’t use an online log, I actually write in one in pretty much diary form, I also use this time to flip through some pages as well as check my math. While working my way through the front half of 2018, I had… Read More »But officer, I didn’t mean to Streak!

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Isn’t that the way it goes sometimes? So last week, after my Runspittle whinefest (http://runspittle.blogspot.com/2018/06/clarity-through-whining-makes-winning.html) , I actually had a pretty good running week. Got in 56 miles and some of them were as close to pain free as I think It could possibly be at this time. All in all, I was pretty jazzed up. A definite step forward. Then, it happened.Sunday, we (my son Ryan and me) were moving… Read More »One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Clarity Through Whining Makes a Winning Combo

Only need one, actually Two weeks ago, I ran the Dexter to Ann Arbor Half Marathon. It was okay. It was slow (that’s what old, tired, fat guys do, they run slow). Mostly, it was eye-opening. I thought I could run faster. I didn’t. Of course, I have been doing this long enough that I am quite aware that when you train slow, you race slow (and I train slow).… Read More »Clarity Through Whining Makes a Winning Combo

Enjoying a Little Kicking Back And…. the Bolder Boulder

Bolder Boulder 10K With it having been a hair over a month since Eugene, I have been enjoying this time to sort of kick back and run some lowish miles and not think about much. The weeks have averaged 40-50 miles and with the exception of one tempo run, nothing significant has happened. Well, almost nothing, there was the Bolder Boulder. Once again I have followed the masses to a race with… Read More »Enjoying a Little Kicking Back And…. the Bolder Boulder

Post Eugene: Pre The Next One

One more sucky race photo The euphoria of my Hayward Field finish wore off rather quickly. Having to rush out of an Airbnb and head for Portland to catch a flight home made for a harried day to say the least.All in all, there were few post race effects. I was a bit sore for two days although nothing monumental, my toe still hurt from that unfortunate encounter with the… Read More »Post Eugene: Pre The Next One

Eugene Half: Passing Grade with Needs Improvement add-on

After a nice two weeks of training in the lovely State of Idaho, I was ready to face the always challenging prospect of “racing” the Eugene Half Marathon. What  follows is my evaluation of that race…I rolled in to Portland early Friday morning after a late flight from Boise Thursday night netted me about 4 1/2 hours of sleep. Undaunted, I decided to have a little fun prior to race… Read More »Eugene Half: Passing Grade with Needs Improvement add-on

On the Road Again

Even the river has traffic signs Seven short days until the Eugene Half Marathon. Excited? Well, no, not really and with pretty good reason…..there’s no time to be excited.For just over a week now, I have been on the Tour de Teaching Idaho. It’s a twelve day journey in one of my favorite states doing what I love a bunch, teaching me some real estate agents. I figured the Tour,… Read More »On the Road Again