Vulcanized Runner

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

Mt. Rushmore or less

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

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

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

Single Track Mind?

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?

Pace or Place?

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 to find “races near … More Pace or Place?

Miami Vise

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

“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