In a couple of weeks I will run my sixth half marathon. Three years ago today I ran my first. It was a life-changing event that started me on the road to becoming a serious runner. I’m still not sure what to make of it all, but I spend a lot more money on sneakers than I… Read More Half Marathon Man
One of the great things about the running community is that they’re a pretty inclusive bunch. Each race features participants of every age, race, creed and speed. You don’t have to be fast, you just have to get out there and give it your best. Choose a pace and cross the finish line… eventually. For… Read More Running Pet Peeve #14: Race Walkers
As a runner, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting races to participate in. Just to clarify, when I say “new and interesting,” I’m talking about events with unique themes or ones that take place in exceptional locales, like the 5K I recently ran at SafeCo Field. I have ZERO interest in shaking… Read More Dream Race: Ikea 5K
This past Sunday the fourth and final race of my summer tour took place in Kirkland, WA, a suburb of Seattle and the former corporate home of Costco. If you’ve ever lost sleep wondering why the warehouse retailer named their brand “Kirkland Signature” you can now set your mind at ease and enjoy peaceful nights… Read More Summer Race #4: Rave Green Run
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
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!