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!
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
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
There was no running on Tuesday morning or on Wednesday morning. In fact, there was no running on any morning this week. There was no running in the evening either. I played soccer on Thursday night (which technically involves running), but aside from that, I took five days off. And when I do resume running this… Read More Tacoma City Half: Post-Race Gluttony & Observations
There’s something very satisfying about setting goals and reaching them. That’s why I love to-do lists. Not only do they organize the items on your agenda, but the feeling of crossing them off feels remarkably rewarding. One of the great things about running half marathons – or full marathons, if you’re a masochist – is… Read More Tacoma City Half: Five Goals