The Hook

“To us, it’s almost the whole thing. Racing is just this little, tiny ritual we go through after everything else has been done. It’s a hood ornament.” — Bruce Denton on training in “Again to Carthage” Outside the time spent running, which necessarily forced me outdoors Saturday morning for a long run in a minus-22…
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The Perfect Escape

If there’s one certainty I know about running, it’s that consistency is the surest and quickest way to making progress. A steady diet of regular runs, even at an easy pace, will produce big dividends, particularly for those starting out or rebuilding their fitness. Any formal training plan — no matter the distance — will…
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Another Olympic Qualifier For Loeffler

Even as a master’s division runner, Eric Loeffler continues to impress by showing his talent, endurance and commitment as a runner. Now 40, the former North Dakota State University trackster, and longtime Fargo resident, Eric lives and trains in Minneapolis. He returned to one of his favorite races, the California International Marathon, this past weekend, where…
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The Journey Ahead

Anyone who’s missed training time, no matter the reason, can attest to feelings of self doubt. It’s natural for runners to worry about goals and expectations after an extended break, especially when our bodies give us instantaneous feedback through labored breathing and tiring muscles. If we needed any more reinforcement at the direct relationship between…
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