Category Archives: Semper Currens

The Obligatory Top Ten List to Celebrate My 100th Post

I’ve been blogging for over a decade now. My first attempt, which included the initial incarnation of the Brief Biography of God, appeared on my MySpace page around 2007. I immediately fell in love with the medium–it was the perfect … Continue reading

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Semper Currens XVII.II: Mission Accomplished

Every marathon tells its own story. Up to now, my marathons had simple narratives: exuberance followed by pain and survival at Toronto; successful pacing and execution at New Jersey; the thrill of strength and speed at Rochester; injury and negative … Continue reading

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Semper Currens XVII.I: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

I went through my pre-race routine like a zombie–Foot Works applied to the soles of my feet, lube to the groin region, band-aids to the nipples. I got dressed and choked down a bagel with peanut butter, chasing it with … Continue reading

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Semper Currens XVI.III: The Longest Saturday

In the weeks leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon, when someone asked me what the hardest part of running the marathon was going to be, I jokingly answered, “Getting to the start line.” As it turned out, my glib … Continue reading

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Semper Currens XVI.II: Mission-Ready Friday

The long-awaited weekend has finally arrived, and I am as nervous as a fox at a hound convention …. Yesterday, I finished the program with a strong five-miler; at an 8:00 min/mile pace, it was faster than race pace, but … Continue reading

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Semper Currens XVI.I: Taper Week Tuesday and The Med Kit Is Packed

The preparations continue. Last night, I double-checked the hotel reservations, and tonight I began to pack. First up is my small but crucial medical kit. From left to right (back row), there’s lube, sunblock, heat pads, band-aids, cold packs, ibuprofen … Continue reading

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Semper Currens XVI: Maranoia!

Week Fifteen Training Wrap-Up The last full week of training was almost a carbon copy of week fourteen. Amazingly, I managed to complete Thursday’s┬áten-mile tempo run at the same 7:56 min/mile pace as the previous week, and Tuesday’s twelve mile … Continue reading

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