If you grew up in New York when I did, as a kid you no doubt played stoop ball or stickball or other street games using a Pensie Pinkie or a Spaldeen – pink rubber balls with a strong capacity to bounce back. I think it was the Pensie Pinkie that was stamped with the … More Vulcanized Runner
I ran the slowest half marathon of my life yesterday, and I’m fairly pleased with the result. Here’s why. The race was part of the Vacation Race National Park Series – the inaugural Mt. Rushmore Half Marathon, so even if I ran slow I was still able to spend a few days touring a part … More Mt. Rushmore or less
When folks of a certain age hear “yeah, yeah, yeah” they immediately think of the rock n roll band that is arguably the greatest of them all. Of course I’m talking about, ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles! “Yeah, yeah, yeah” is also a phrase in wide use by people offering unconvincing reassurance that they are … More Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
I don’t know what it is, but I always feel compelled to run a race on the 4th of July. In fact with the exception of 2016 I’ve run a race on Independence Day every year since I began running. There was the Pound Ridge NY 5k which was only my second race, my first … More Single Track Mind?
I’ve had 3 miserable races in my life. The first was the Publix A1A Half Marathon in 2016 when I ate a huge 3 way at Skyline Chili the night before and then thought running a sub-8 minute half marathon in the warm Florida air was doable. It was, well for the first 4 miles … More BHM 26.2 – Pace or Place Redux
I ran “The South’s Toughest 15k” for the 3rd time this morning – the Ellis Porch Statue to Statue race in Birmingham Alabama. I gotta figure it’s not all that tough to be the South’s toughest 15k. It’s a pretty uncommon distance. To wit, I did a quick search on Active.com to find “races near … More Pace or Place?
What a day for my Garmin Forerunner to start feeding me bad information. I was running in the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon this past Sunday and as if the new course isn’t hard enough my Garmin somehow tacked on an extra half mile. What’s weird is that the Garmin is usually pretty darn accurate … More United NYC Half Marathon and Half Mile
When you live somewhere for 15 years it’s bound to get a grip on you in a lot of different ways. Ties to friends, neighbors, institutions and organizations gained over the years stay with you even after you’ve gone. This past weekend I returned to South Florida to attend the wedding of our friends’ daughter … More Miami Vise
“Not so fast” is one of those old expressions that I love – ones that used to be in pretty wide circulation but seem to have fallen out of favor. According to Merriam Webster, this idiom is in the bottom 10% of words and is used in speech to say that one disagrees with what … More Not So Fast
So ever since I discovered that the “race-cation” is a thing I’ve been thinking a little more about the “where” of my next race than the “what”. Last year we travelled to Nashville for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, to the Montgomery Half Marathon, to The Colony, Texas for the Liberty By The Lake … More 55 and Cloudy. Welcome to Key West