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I’m in the final rounds of editing my marathon book, and my editor, Iris Sutcliffe, suggested I add a chapter about the biggest lessons learned as a grizzled vet. I’m not sure I like being referred to as “grizzled,” but I can certainly share the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the course of running...
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Yesterday, I provided my story of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. Due the unusual heat on race day, and subsequent warnings from the BAA, I thought it would be interesting to share some race stats. Race Stats: Number of registered runners: 26,716 Number who started the race: 22,426 Number who finished the race:...
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  One thing I have learned after fifteen marathons is to forego any race day expectations. Regardless of how much training and planning you do, there are always factors beyond your control. Never has this been more true than the 116th Boston Marathon, held this past Monday. I lived in Boston 15 years ago and...
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Ontario-native Cynthia O’Halloran is 46, works full-time, has two small children and a husband that works most nights. And did I mention she is an amazing runner, too? She is the author of Balls in The Air, a blog which relays her experiences at juggling life’s many priorities. Cynthia completed the Goodlife Marathon last year...
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Are the words “marathon” and “fun” oxymorons? I’m about to find out this Sunday when I participate in the City of Trees Marathon in my home-town of Boise. My running partner, Chris, posed the challenge on email yesterday just after I informed him I’d (finally!) signed up for the race. I usually don’t wait until...
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What makes you feel good? To help guide and happy and healthy 2011, I am recommending that you make a top ten list of things that make you feel good – really good. By a simple awareness of those things that make you feel great, you will be more likely to make time for these activities,...
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The Crazy Some of us runners are half crazy (two are pictured below). We have drunk the marathon Kool-Aid. We ran a marathon once and became obsessed with breaking personal records, overcoming endless mind games, re-experiencing “the feeling” you get after crossing the finish line. Or maybe we enjoy sharing portable bathrooms with total strangers....
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You should never underestimate the importance of choosing a marathon event in which to participate, especially if it’s your first. In fact, last week I wrote about various factors to consider, including: Seasonality, Terrain, Crowds, Scenery, Cheers, Familiar Faces and Home Cooking. And rather relying solely on my recommendations, I thought you might be interested to see what races...
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A while back, I mentioned I had signed up for the Boise 70.3 half ironman. Well, it’s now 3 short weeks away, and I’m not feeling particularly confident about the event. The four F’s are confronting me. Fractures (and other injuries). According to Bruce Wilk of Jungle Blog, triathlons are a triple threat for injuries....
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With tears streaming down my face, I recently finished the 2010 Boston Marathon, my 12th marathon. Were they tears of joy?  Well, I did reach my goal, which was to break four hours, with a final time of 3:58.51, or 9:07 pace. This means that at age 46, I have qualified for Boston once again....
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