I started training for my fourth marathon this morning. I usually don’t write about my marathons until they’re over. Partly, this is because as much as I love running and training for races, I know that it’s not very interesting to anyone who isn’t me or isn’t also training for a marathon. But the bigger… Continue Reading And Away We Go! Or, Marathon Four: Richmond (November 2017)
In the beginning of 2017, I set myself some goals. I hadn’t looked back at them in a while, maybe not since writing that post six months ago. How am I doing at the half-way point? The big goal–the public writing goal–has been a failure. I’ve journaled A LOT. In fact, I’ve filled up another… Continue Reading 2017 Revisited.
Putting these out into the world to make myself accountable. Run. Follow the plan. Stop adding extra on purpose, recognizing that this is one of the ways that you get yourself into trouble. Listen to yourself. Pay attention to the niggles and be honest about what is uncomfortable and what is something more. Pay attention,… Continue Reading 2017 Goals
If the week goes as planned, I will have run about 1600 miles in 2016. And while that might sound like a lot, it’s less than I was shooting for this year, by a little over 400 miles. I took ten entire weeks off: two of those weeks were planned; eight of them were attempts… Continue Reading My Year of Running: 2016
I’ve been thinking about ropes courses lately. Not ropes courses in general, but the high ropes course that I’ve had occasion to do a couple of times with groups of incoming first-year students in 2010 and 2011. I like to think that I’m not afraid of many things, but I am afraid of heights. The idea… Continue Reading On Ropes Courses & Platforms
Yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life. Not really. Yesterday was, however, the first day of my next training cycle in which I gun for the California International Marathon on December 4. I’m distinctly unsure about this race. Partly because I have a nagging shin splint that has been hanging around… Continue Reading A Gut Check?
I usually like to include an image to set the tone for the post, but it seemed rather inappropriate to go looking for the kinds of pictures that this post would require: road kill, wreckage, breakdown . . . So no picture. Let’s get one thing out of the way: yesterday was not my day.… Continue Reading Roadkill. Or, Marathon #3: Los Angeles
“Please remember that you owe it to the fine things inside you to get the most out of them” –Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, in a letter to her husband dated March 1934. The Paris Marathon was on Sunday (12 April 2015). I had entered the lottery for the race a year ago. I registered on April… Continue Reading Paris Marathon Race Report
With thanks to REO Speedwagon. It’s almost time for me to fly. I mean that in two ways. The first is literal. I leave for the airport in a couple hours to head to Paris with two of my favorite colleagues, my mother, and 13 great students. We’re going as part of an Americans in… Continue Reading (Almost) Time for me to Fly
My 2nd marathon was supposed to have been this past Saturday, but instead of celebrating the conclusion of a 20 week training cycle with a race, I “celebrated” the end of those 20 weeks with another doctor’s appointment yesterday morning. My 6th (with the orthopedist–this does not include the annual visits to the gynocologist, the dermatologist,… Continue Reading Closing the Book: an Update (A Good One)