MCM – A Capital Gem

The 2014 Marine Corps Marathon was a great experience for me. I loved the course and the crowd support and the energy of a well-executed large event. I definitely recommend MCM as a destination race if you don't mind big crowds. My results were what I expected though not what I hoped or thought possible …

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Ventura Adventure

Another overdue race report! Getting to be a bad habit. I've actually been working on a draft for the past few weeks but just didn't get around to finishing it. At least I haven't yet had a DNF on a race report, and this won't be the first! I really had a great time at the …

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Taper Tempo

I see a pattern emerging. As I taper after peak marathon training, I speed up in my shorter runs. It's not intentional since I usually start my short runs at a comfortable pace and don't check my Garmin for pace until I've run a mile or so. But I definitely speed up as I shorten …

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Orders of Magnitude

I recently completed the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Vermont -- my 13th overall marathon in my 8th state. Some of my friends are impressed and/or think I'm crazy -- mostly a little of each. And I am a 4-star Marathon Maniac having completed 9 marathons between March, 2013, and this past January including a …

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Vella Shpringa!

I've been running a lot of marathons this year -- seven since March with just a 5-Miler (Media) and a 5K (Broomall) added in. But this month I am doing two half marathons along with the re-scheduled Midnight Madness 8.4 mile race as part of the 20 in 24 event later in September. The Bird …

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Awesome August

August isn't supposed to be a marathon month in the northeast. It's a time for training and preparing for the fall marathon season, right? Not this year. Not for me: My First Double (2 marathons or longer in 2 days) My First Ultra (50K or 31+ miles) -- and an easy PR to beat when …

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A Grand Day for an Inaugural Marathon

Yesterday I ran the inaugural PA Grand Canyon Marathon near Wellsboro, PA. I thoroughly enjoyed the race and the event! In spite of a steady rain for the better part of the first hour, it was a beautiful run through the forest along the canyon rim, and once the rain ended and the fog lifted, …

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