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Top of the Heap: The 2017 New York City Marathon (Part Two)

I read, and listened to, a lot of advice in the build up to the big day. Most of it, especially the stuff about not going out too fast, I heeded. I took my own sweet time over the Verrazano … Continue reading

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Top of the Heap: The 2017 New York City Marathon (Part One)

In the end, it was everything I had hoped it would be. It was one of those days when it all went right — one of those days that will stay with me for the rest of my life. From … Continue reading

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Leaving Today: 2017 New York Marathon Training, Week 15

And just like that, it’s taper week. A mere seven days remain until I join the throngs pounding the pavements of New York. Maranoia┬áis setting in. For me, this year, that means two things: endlessly picking apart my training to … Continue reading

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Spreading the News: 2017 New York Marathon Training, Week 13

The Four Stages of Marathon Training: Stage 1) I’m really doing this! Stage 2) I suppose I’d better do this. Stage 3) Do I really have to do this? Stage 4) Time to finish this.

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The Very Heart of It: 2017 New York Marathon Training, Week 11

There’s one universally acknowledged rule all marathon runners adhere to: never do anything new or different on race day. During training, though, it’s good to experiment and learn from your trials and errors, especially when those experiments are conducted during … Continue reading

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These Little Town Blues: 2017 New York Marathon Training, Week 9

46 days to go. The intensity of the training is ramping up. Two 16-mile long runs are already behind me, and my tune-up half marathon is in the books. I am still healthy and, for the most part, running fast … Continue reading

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I Wanna Be a Part of It: 2017 New York Marathon Training, Week 5

Hard to believe, but it’s now less than 80 days until the 2017 New York City Marathon. I’m back on the Hanson’s Training Method once again (with a few alterations, which I’ll explain below).┬áIt’s still early yet, of course, but … Continue reading

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Vagabond Shoes: The 2017 New York City Marathon Training Blog and ER&D Fundraiser

C’mon. You know the words. Sing along with me. Betcha end up sounding like Ol’ Blue Eyes by the end … Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York. … Continue reading

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Life Gets in the Way (Part Two): The 2017 Flower City Half Marathon

Nine marathons. Nine half marathons. Eight Boilermakers. You might say I’m an experienced runner, but I would say I don’t feel like it most of the time. You might say I’ve seen a lot, but I would say that I … Continue reading

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Life Gets in the Way (Part One)

If April, as the great poet T. S. Eliot maintained, is the cruelest month, then March, for me, was its polar opposite–blessed, munificent, generous to a fault. But as that other great poet, Bruce Springsteen, has observed, “you can’t walk … Continue reading

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