Category: Running Blog

These are the blog posts that I have written about my adventures in running. I started running in 2003 after a very tumultuous period in my life. While I had played soccer since I was a teenager, running brought a whole different kind of challenge, a challenge that I have fully embraced. Since then, I’ve run one full marathon (Baltimore, 2005), several half-marathons, a ton of 5k, and one brutal adventure race (Rocky Gap, 2006).

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Hoka One One Bondi 3 running shoes review

I got a pair of Hoka One One Bondi 3 running shoes. They’re the best thing to ever happen to my running yet. They look funny, but they feel great. Here’s my review of how they’ve improved my running over the last month.

Jog/Walk around Boston Common

I went for a jog/walk around Boston Common today. It was a beautiful day out. And it was a great way to try out my Hoka One One shoes in an actual jog and not a walk. (I’ll post a review of the shoes once I use them for about a month.)

2.27 miles in 32:45 minutes. Not bad, right?

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I ran this!

Little People, Big Hearts, Indomitable Will

I dare you to read this story on RunnersWorld.com and not feel something. It’s the story of John and Juli, two runners who defied their “condition” in order to run in the Boston Marathon in 2013. Yes, that marathon, the one interrupted by an act of terrorism. John and Juli were born with dwarfism, and they were always told about…

“8 Stages of Marathon Running” from BuzzFeedVideo

Ah, yes, the different stages of running a long distance race. When I ran the Baltimore Marathon in 2005, I remember feeling pretty good about it in the first few miles of that crazy adventure. Then, around the halfway point, I thought I was going to die. But then I powered through and felt like I was going to die at mile 20. The last clear memory I have of that race is somewhere about mile 25, when someone yelled at me that I should party like it was 1999. You see, 1999 was my bib number.

After that, I don’t remember much until I woke up in the medical tent and I was taken to an emergency room for rehydration. I had finished, apparently. They gave me a medal. I have a finishing time. But I don’t remember it much.

That’s why I find this video hilarious. If you’re a runner who’s run a marathon (or even a half marathon), you’ll appreciate this:

“The Science of Marathon Running” from “It’s Okay To Be Smart”

Here’s an interesting discussion on marathon running. I ran my first and only marathon in 2005 in Baltimore. It was my 26.2 miles on my 26th year project. Now, almost ten years later, I plan to run another one as my 26.2 miles on my 36th year. According to the following video, humans were built for running. Our ancestors who could run for long distances could go further for sustenance. Thus, their genes were passed on to us.

Makes sense, right?

My wife gets annoyed that I can go out the door and go for a 5-mile run/jog/walk with no problems. That’s about my limit right now. I’d need to train for longer distances. And that is another thing that annoys her. I’ve gotten myself in a lot of trouble (like, a lot) for not preparing well enough to run long distances. So I’ll be doing a program of easing into longer distances than five miles.

We’ll see how it goes.

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What’s this virtual running you speak of?

I signed up for a virtual race today. There is this company called Jost Running that coordinates virtual races of 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon distances. Instead of traveling to a race, the race can be right outside your home, on your treadmill, or at your favorite running track/trail. Of course, it can be a little hard to…

Technology and fitness

I bought a Nike FuelBand SE this last week. I had been interested in a fitness tracker for a while and, after losing my FitBit One a couple of months ago, I decided to buy something that I could wear around my wrist. The FitBit One was too small for my liking. It did a great job tracking my steps,…