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Houston Recap

Houston Recap

When Griff, Sarah, and I arrived in Houston on Friday in advance of the USA Half Marathon Championships I was ready for the opportunity. Last year, I got my Olympic Trials qualifier out of the way in my first attempt (1:04:36) but was cautious and…

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Going Fast and Taking It Slow

Going Fast and Taking It Slow

On an unseasonably warm late September 2011 day in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania I’m trying to prove myself.  A mile into the Paul Short Invite gold 8k race, I navigate slime slicked grassy spots, the course softened by prior races as if masticated by some giant possessing…

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Oh, Just Another “Pop”….

Oh, Just Another “Pop”….

 Left: Anthony Famighetti and I after our local wins in the Charlotte Runway 5k in October! Right: Carolyn Mae and I having some good conversation at the Thunder Road Half Marathon in November:) Well here we go again!!,…..As far as running is concerned, I am…

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Buck Up

Buck Up

When Charles Dickens wrote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, I believe he was referring to cross-country running. Cross is a rather brutal sport. Marathoners and milers converge in the grass and mud to trade speed and guts for…

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For Amber Waves of Grain

For Amber Waves of Grain

In the beginning, I didn’t like Tahoe. For 23 years, I lived in densely forested areas. The forest of Tahoe was not a forest at all by my standards. It was bleak and open, towering pines spaced widely and randomly across a clean desert floor.  The…

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Another Comeback?

Another Comeback?

10/7/2014 I know it’s been awhile since I put some thoughts down.  It’s not the easiest job in the world to blog about running when you can’t run. Thankfully, I had been through this round of cards before and know that the seasons we go through in life…

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Marathon Debut

Marathon Debut

Wow, what an experience! It is truly hard for me to describe the feelings of the last few days. Everything has been such a whirlwind, that I do not think the immensity of what happened has set in yet. And it may still take a…

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From Pack to ZAP: Going Pro

From Pack to ZAP: Going Pro

The transition from being in college to becoming a professional runner is one not talked about often.  That might be because it is a time you want to bury deep inside yourself because of all of the anxiety, angst, and self-questioning.  The best part of…

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Hay is in the Barn!

Hay is in the Barn!

Week of Training September 21 – 27 Morning Afternoon Notes Sunday 12 Drills Monday 10 6 8 x 20 sec, Drills, Core Tuesday 13 8 x 200m, Core Wednesday 15 Workout Thursday 8 6 Core Friday 13 8 x 20 sec, Drills Saturday 13 Week…

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ZAP Linguistics

ZAP Linguistics

Every coach and team has their own language when discussing training and Pete and ZAP are no different. Every afternoon Pete sends out an email with the following day’s training specifics and if you knew nothing about the program it could sometimes read as gibberish….

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