A Pause Before The Run

With sunlight illuminating the office, offering a hint of warmer weather, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm. In the midst of training, and in need of mileage, the other day I decided to head home to let Coby out at lunch and pack a duffel bag with all the essentials: running shoes, shorts, a light jacket…
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Cow Pies And Horse Trails

The pre-spring trail, painted with muted earth tones, stretches like a canvas over the prairie landscape. A March breeze carries a penetrating chill across the Sheyenne National Grassland, where still bare trees and the rolling hills offer little buffer in the just-above-freezing air. Here, runners are gathered, to embrace one of North Dakota’s hidden natural gems, just…
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A Bit Of Spring Training

The mood on the foothills of White Tank Mountain Regional Park provided a stark contrast to the starting line at the Los Angeles Marathon. Runners milled around the registration tent, where they pinned on their race bibs, chatted with friends and made last-minute adjustments for the upcoming 18.7-mile trek on single track trails through the White…
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A Path To November

“It takes courage to do it, to be a runner. We all found that out a long time ago,” he said. “Because it’s about more than fatigue. It’s about pain, and dealing with it for a long time. And it’s about resolve.” — Quenton Cassidy in Again to Carthage by John L. Parker Jr. Confirmation…
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A Spring In Your Step

With an unbridled excitement, Coby hurtled himself at me with the anticipation of a run outside. Our runs together have been few and far between for the better part of 6 months, and few things make him happier than tagging along. The sidewalks, soaked with snow melt, forced us to the street, where he pulled me along…
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Bringing The Marathon Home

Inside a room the Wild Hog Smokehouse, with its rich wood interior and hunger-inducing aromas, a crowd gathered on Sunday afternoon. At times, the line stretched into the dining room, with runners eager to sign up during the registration kick-off event for Wild Hog Weekend. The scene represents the Grand Forks Marathon’s success story. As…
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