Double The Heat

Not many runners, at least in northern climes, enjoy the heat. Once the thermometer rises above 65 degrees, a daily workout can feel icky. Even worse, racing any distance longer than a 5K might seem like pure torture. But how many runners do you know who love believe they run better in a fall race?…
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The Path Forward

Sometimes the path forward isn’t always clear. That’s true in life and running. After running Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday, that’s certainly the case for me. There was good reason to feel confident heading into the race; training had gone exceptionally well, especially since the Fargo Marathon, and most of the details leading up to the…
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Marathon Reprise

The challenge is getting to the starting line. The reward is the race. The celebration is crossing the finish line. Those thoughts struck me while standing at the starting line for 2010 Grandma’s Marathon. Two years earlier, I worried about completing my first 26.2-mile race, and wondered whether I could make it the entire distance,…
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Blow Out The Carbon

An ominous forecast gave little hope for a drama-free 5K. Nonetheless, after work, I zipped home and put on my running clothes, and anything short of lightning was not going to prevent a quick 3.1-mile spin to get some leg turnover before Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. A nice crowd showed up, and I liked the…
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