Last Saturday I ran the third leg of my four race summer tour. It went well. I got a trophy. The event also served as the start date of my latest challenge: running every day in August. That’s right. I’m strapping on my Asics and hitting the pavement on each of August’s thirty-one glorious days.… Read More August Running: Let’s Go Streaking!
Week 3 of my summer race tour took place this past Saturday while my family was vacationing on the Washington coast. As a person who grew up in the northeast then spent ten years living in Southern California, there are two things about the coastal Pacific Northwest that I will never get used to: automobiles on the beaches… Read More Summer Race #3: Race Against Violence 5K
Another weekend, another race. Saturday’s Whale of a Run in Silverdale, WA was the second stop on my four race summer tour. This 4-miler is part of the town’s Whaling Days festival. I’d tell you more about this annual gala and its origins but the website doesn’t have a lot of information about the event’s history and… Read More Summer Race #2: Whale of a Run
A few weeks ago I made the rather curious decision to run four races in four consecutive weekends. This past Saturday marked the beginning of this challenge as my family and I participated in the Refuse to Abuse 5K at Safeco Field. The race benefited the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV), a non-profit that seeks… Read More Summer Race #1: Refuse to Abuse 5k
For most people, the summer months are a time to kick back, slow down and relax. I’m certainly no exception to this rule and it’s one of the reasons I don’t run half marathons between June and August. I won’t even consider a September half because I want no part of summertime training. And why… Read More Four Races in Four Weeks
Running Away from Home is a series of posts where the Reluctant Runner recounts and recommends an exceptional run location he’s experienced while traveling. In most cases, these locales are already popular running spots that have been written about dozens of times. Think of these as “reboots” of similar articles you’ve already read. If nothing… Read More Running Away From Home: Central Park (NYC)
Running Away from Home is a series of posts where the Reluctant Runner recounts and recommends an exceptional run location he’s experienced while traveling. In most cases, these locales are already popular running spots that have probably been written about dozens of times. But for some reason he’s decided to blog about them anyway. A couple of… Read More Running Away From Home: The National Mall (Washington D.C.)
If I know one thing about myself it’s this: when I go on vacation, I gain weight. And the longer I’m on vacation the more I gain. So when my wife and I decided to do a two week trip to introduce her to my extended family, some old friends, and my hometown, I suspected I’d… Read More Four Reasons for My Vacation Weight Gain
Happy National Running Day! Who knew National Running Day was even a thing? I didn’t until I saw #nationalrunningday on Twitter late last night. I’m certainly not surprised such a day exists — every day is National Something Day – I just didn’t know the day set aside for running was June 3rd. As soon as… Read More It’s National Running Day!
There’s nothing that makes you feel more like a runner than donning your bib number on race day. No matter how old and slow you are, there’s still a part of you that thinks, “You know who else wears a race bib? Usain Bolt. And Molly Huddle. And that Meb guy who won the Boston… Read More Running Pet Peeve #5: Race Bibs