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Adding variety to the runs

This week was typical of the last couple with the exception of adding in a stairs workout and a new weight training program.  It is time to turn up the heat on the strength training.  I met with Dr. Ben Prosser this morning and developed a plan for the gym. Congratulations to Michele Tomlinson and Andrea DiRuscio (soon to be Martin) for finishing the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon today. (2:05.00)...
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Great story from Runners’ World

The Return of Boston Billy I pick up my Runners' World magazine and read a story, article or even an advertisement every night before a run.  It just gets me fired up and ready to hop out of bed at 6 a.m.  The article on Boston Billy shows Bill as an everyday "one of us" runners that has achieved great acheivements in running.  He sounds like the kind of guy we would all like to run a mile with.  Check out the full story....
Race Reviews

Running the 2009 Suntrust National Marathon

The Course The Suntrust National Marathon is a beautiful course. They made some changes to the course since the time I ran it in 2006, and it made the race even more scenic. It is inspiring to run past the Capital, WWII memorial, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln memorial. I thought to myself, the sacrifice so many Americans have made puts perspective on the effort it takes to run a marathon. Temp and Gear The race started off pretty cold and never fully warmed up (30º-40º F). For me this...
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One week away from the Suntrust National Marathon!

This week was a nice taper week. Three miles of speed work on Tuesday. I ran with Jeff and we really hustled. We ran so hard that I walked the extra bit it takes me to get back to my house after our runs. (I never do that) Thursday was an 8 miler that I tried to take slow but, Jeff is feeling speedy these days so it turned into a pretty good tempo run. Finally, today (Saturday) we had a 10 miler, our last long run before the main...
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Carved by God, Cursed by the Devil

"Carved by God, Cursed by the Devil" is a story about the Marathon Des Sables, the 150-mile ultra-marathon through Morocco's Sahara Desert. Ted Archer has a photo slide show, a video clip that ABC News ran on the race, and even excerpts of the book that you can download for free.  You will quickly see that it's an amazing story--and you'll want to buy the book! I ran the Grand Canyon with Ted, Ed, and Jeff Arrical.  Ted was the the best runner I have ever run with, and just...
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Home remedies

I have had problems with my plantar faciitis tendon in my left foot and have found that icing (take a plastic water bottle and fill it with water, freeze it, then roll your arch over it for 10 minutes after running), stretching (I use the "Stretch-Ez" to get an extra deep stretch), using Sole's Dean Karnazes heat modable insole, and wearing a night splint (Freedom Dorsal PF Night Splint by AliMed) have all worked together to help eliviate the issue. Just recently, Jeff Arricale (running buddy) got me to try...
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Current Gear

Ok, I love the gear whatever the hobby, for me it's the gear.  I almost got into Mountain Biking last summer.  I realized soon after getting started that I would not be able to support another toy intensive hobby.  Between painting, photography, running, and my first child Theo, I am tapped out.  Currently, my running gear consists of Under Armour apparel for the basics (base layer, t's, tights, shorts, compression shorts, coldgear mocks), Inginji socks, Dean Karnazes moldable insoles from Sole.  I HIGHLY recommend these insoles!  I have three jackets...
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