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How to Become a Professional Runner

How to Become a Professional Runner

A Comprehensive Guide* *Editor’s note: This guide is partly satirical and not meant to be taken as an actual how-to. Use at own risk.   1. Don’t Focus on Running   Now. I know what you’re thinking: Why the hell would I not focus on…

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How to Become a Professional Runner:

How to Become a Professional Runner:

A Comprehensive Guide* by Joanna Thompson *Editor’s note: this guide is partly satirical and not meant to be taken as an actual how-to. Use at own risk. 1. Don’t Focus on Running Now. I know what you’re thinking: Why the hell would I not focus…

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Soltice

Soltice

I never saw this coming. Not once did I imagine not being able to stand on the starting line of the Olympic Trials. In my wildest dreams I saw a small town girl from Washington state tearing through the streets of LA, flying down the…

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Three Week Update

Three Week Update

In my last blog I said that I would send out a weekly update, but that turned out to not happen. While at home, and for various reasons, I did not really have the will power to send out a blog. So now you get…

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.12km US Champs

.12km US Champs

On Sunday I headed to Alexandria, Virginia for the .US 12km National Championships. This was my culminating race of my fall season. At this same race two years ago, I had a break through performance placing 3rd. This year I came in with high hopes of…

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Training Log Nov 1-7

Training Log Nov 1-7

Week of Training November 1 – 7 Morning Afternoon Notes Sunday 19 Long Run, Surges Monday 8 6 Tuesday 11 6 8 x 20 sec, Drills Wednesday 12 Workout Thursday 13 Drills Friday 11 Climb Saturday 10 Week Total 96 I think Joe and I…

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La Flamme Exquise

La Flamme Exquise

On an October morning in 1985, a man named Steve Jones did something incredibly brave or remarkably stupid. He blasted through the halfway point of the Chicago Marathon all alone in 1:01:42, minutes ahead of the world-class field, light years ahead of world record pace….

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Swim Lanes and Soccer Games

Swim Lanes and Soccer Games

I had a very eventful week on several fronts. From a cross training perspective I was able to swim without a pull buoy and even hopped on a spin bike for a few sessions without pain. Although cycling doesn’t seem like much it was a…

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The Steel City

The Steel City

  On Friday I headed for my first visit to the Steel City. Having never been to Pittsburgh before I did not know what to expect. The vision I did have was of a typical former industrial town. One that has lost much of its…

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TC 10 Mile

TC 10 Mile

This weekend I headed to Minneapolis/St. Paul to race the USATF 10 Mile Championships. A year ago I made the same trip and walked (very slowly) away with my first national title. Coming into this time, I had thoughts of a similar result in my mind….

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