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Race Reports
> Limits, sort of like giving 110%
> We run on a very fine edge
> Challenge
> The Hard and The Easy
> The Mountain
> State Line
> The Hill - the original
> Bleeker Street
> SOS - Survival of the Shawangunks Battle Story
> The Ocean is my Gatorade
> The Old Elm Tree
> I recognized the look in his face
> One Foot in Front of The Other - year end musing
> Wham BAM Thank You #33...
> Slant Six Mind, Super Charged Heart
> The Hill
> You Know I'm Gonna Miss You When I'm Gone
> Tracks
> Marc's Story
> Ouch!
> The Damage Done

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Race Reports
Here are ramblings and musings about being an adult athlete.
Reports
  • Limits, sort of like giving 110%
    I really love listening to coaches and athletes talk about a particular performance - "they gave 110% out there today, I'm really proud of them!" or "I knew it was up to me, so I dug deep and came up with 110% effort."
  • We run on a very fine edge
    One of my athletes asked about running the NYC Marathon. She was tired and verging on injury. I recommended not to run the marathon. That was three weeks ago. Now she is asking about the Las Vegas Half Marathon in 12 weeks.
  • Challenge
    An athlete I'm working with is in the final few weeks of preparation for the UltraMan in Hawaii - three days of triathlon: 10 Km swim and 90 miles of cycling on day one. Day two is 171.4 miles of cycling! Day three is 52.4 miles of running!
  • The Hard and The Easy
    At times it seems so easy. Just keep doing what Iíve been doing for almost 30 years. At other times is seems so hard. Just getting out the door. Itís an old refrain, nothing new. But, it is so unfamiliar it seems completely new.
  • The Mountain
    It was in September of 1985. I had started doing Ultras earlier that year. Ralph was the motivation behind my venturing past the marathon distance. As I recall, we were running back to New Jersey, crossing the George Washington Bridge when he stopped. It was a clear cool night. There was a moon
  • State Line
    Cycling has never been like my running. Itís always been harder. And itís always been easier. Iím sure you understand. You donít have to be a runner to know what I mean. You donít have to be a cyclist to know what I mean.
  • The Hill - the original
    Iím not doing much training right now. Ever since I shattered my collarbone last July, Iíve struggled to get back into training. You know what I miss about training?
  • Bleeker Street
    Written in October 2001.
  • SOS - Survival of the Shawangunks Battle Story
    About a year or so ago, someone told me about a race called ďThe Survival of the ShawangunksĒ. Evidently, it was some crazy race where you bike, run and swim about a million miles, carrying everything you need with you. It sounded like just the type of race for me. Charles Olson '04
  • The Ocean is my Gatorade
    Today was a lovely day for a swim in the ocean. Overcast, and cool 70 degrees with a nice ocean breeze, 68 degree choppy water with 4 foot swells and green as a bottle of Heineken. By Charles Olson '04
  • The Old Elm Tree
    At the Engineers Gate in Central Park (90th Street and Fifth Avenue) there's an Elm Tree (I use a capital Tree because the diameter of this tree is at least 6 feet across). It sits almost exactly at the finish line for many NYRRC races and for many of my runs in Central Park.
  • I recognized the look in his face
    I recognized the look on his face. It was that familiar look Ė satisfaction and pain. It was the first time I saw it on his face.
  • One Foot in Front of The Other - year end musing
    Winter always makes us look back on the past year and sometimes longer. A look back on favorite running routes covers a lot of ground.
  • Wham BAM Thank You #33...
    NYC Marathon 2002, 33rd marathon, 12th NYC Marathon
  • Slant Six Mind, Super Charged Heart
    There are times and places that we run that become a window to our soul and heart.
  • The Hill
    Do you have the right gearing for those hills?
  • You Know I'm Gonna Miss You When I'm Gone
    Going to the edge...
  • Tracks
    An athlete I'm coaching goggled my name and found this. I wrote in in January 2001 and it was posted on Slowtwitch.com.
  • Marc's Story
    Marc's an athlete I coached for the 2004 NYC Marathon.
  • Ouch!
    I was on a ďrecoveryĒ ride with Julie yesterday around 10am. The park was fairly empty and the weather was wonderful.
  • The Damage Done
    Thinking back on the event, I realize that much of what happened is not clear. I crashed, that I know.


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