Tag: 2012 boston marathon

Running Abroad

5th February

A couple of weeks ago I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Germany for work. I spent 5 days in Tegernsee and 4 days in Hamburg. For the record, Germany is gorgeous. But, while I loved being there, I did find that sticking to my training schedule was nearly impossible. Instead of running my prescribed 26-30 miles/week…I was lucky to hit 10.

I managed to to squeeze in 3 runs while I was there. I did two runs along the gorgeous Lake Tegernsee and then a 7 miler around the lake in the center of Hamburg. There really is something amazing about running in a new city or location.

Don’t Be That Awkward Runner

18th January

Sadly, I’m pretty sure my running style hovers somewhere between ‘The Geezer’ and ‘The Stiffy’…although both of them appear faster than me.

Crossing the 10 Mile Barrier Like a Wounded Animal

9th January

This past saturday I somehow got duped into a run I had never intended to attempt. I set out with the intentions of doing a 5 mile run.

Two hours later, I found myself breaking through the double digit mileage barrier like a wounded animal. Too say that I was slow during those final 2 miles is a gross understatement. I’m quite certain….NO…I’m positive that a small child could have walked faster than I was jogging. But, for me it wasn’t about the speed at that point, it was about finishing without stopping.  The most surprising thing to me was that I never felt taxed cardiovascularly…it was simply that my legs and knees grew sore.  In hindsight I suspect that having more than a yogurt for breakfast and a bit of water would have served me well.

The weather was gorgeous here in …

Running in Portland, OR

5th January

This week I’m out in Portland, OR for work. Rather than do my typical running in the hotel bit, I grabbed my gps and hit the streets and hills of Portland in the early morning hours.

Even if I had tried, I doubt I could have timed my route and run better. Just as the sun began to rise I found myself in the city’s highest point. To date, this is my favorite runners experience.


The Minimalist Guide to Strength Training for Runners

1st January

Apparently I’m not alone. The more I run, the more I realize that I’m neglecting other muscles in my body. Runner’s World Coach Jenny offers some solutions in this informative article. 



Yurbuds – Headphones that refuse to fall out!

29th December

Like many, I love my iphone. Like many, I find running with their headphones infuriating. I’m happy to say that I think I have found the cure. I was wandering the aisles of CitySports the other day and came across the Yurbuds display. There happened to be a sales rep right beside me. I asked if these worked. He quickly responded by telling me about their ‘twist-lock system’ and that he uses them and even if you yank on them….they refuse to fall out.  Right then and there I was sold.

I picked up the Ironman Inspire Pro version because I love the built in mic system that my iphone headphones have.

I’m a half dozen runs into my life with Yurbuds and they have not caused me a moment of grief. I whole heartedly give these guys my thumbs up. If …

3 Weeks Done….15 Weeks to Go

29th December

Wow…just typing that scared me. It feels like I’ve been running for quite some time now. Yet I still haven’t even begun to get into the serious portion of the training.

As of now, (knock on wood), all is well for me as a runner. My legs and knees get a bit irritated with me from time to time, but they are holding steady…growing stronger. Aside from the holiday week, My cardio also seems to be improving. All in all I can honestly say I’m enjoying this little adventure of mine.

I’ve been following a program created by 1976 Boston Marathon Winner Jack Fultz for ‘Novice-Level’ runner. Not surprisingly, Ole Jack hasn’t let me down.

For those who are curious, I’ve attached an outline of the first 3 weeks of the program. Enjoy.

Powerful Beyond Measure

23rd December

Dana-Farber Team Member Lauren shared this video this morning. It’s definitely worth me sharing again.

Enjoy. And remember, we are all powerful beyond measure.

Dress for Success

21st December

by Jack Fultz, DFMC Training Advisor and 1976 Boston Marathon®
Men’s Champion

“Dress for success.” What does the power dress motto have to do with your training
garb? Translated into “runner-speak” it means that you should dress for the second or
third mile of your run during cold weather.

In the Northeast, the nasty weather and cold air is just beginning to arrive. If the
temperature is in the low 40s or below, expect to feel cold when you first step outside for
your daily run. If you are bundled up enough to feel comfortable in the cold before you
begin to run, then you’re overdressed. Instead, always dress for the temperature that
your body will be once you’ve gotten going, a mile or two or three into your run.
It’s important to wear a few thin layers, including a nylon-like outer shell, a light knit cap,
and gloves …

My First Fundraising Letter Goes Out Today

18th December

Dear Friends, Acquaintances, Colleagues, and Family,

On April 16, 2012, I will be running the Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). I know what you’re thinking: “What, the marathon?! But you haven’t run more than three miles in your entire life!” And isn’t this going to hurt your back? While those statements may be true, I have found a reason that makes it all worthwhile.

Last summer I lost another close family friend to cancer. That makes five family members or friends in as many years. Whether I had been lucky in years prior or simply walking through life with blinders, I hadn’t really felt touched by cancer. But now, I can’t seem to avoid it.

The reality is that 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women will be diagnosed with cancer. If you let that statistic sink in …

Derailed in Tampa

16th December

My training has been seriously derailed this week. The irony is that it’s because of  a Health Club. Since Monday I have been in Tampa filming a commercial for YouFit Health Clubs. During my trip, I only managed to squeeze in a 3 mile run on the hotel treadmill. According to my training schedule I need to get in 13-17 miles by the end of the week.  That means, I have a busy weekend ahead of me.

For those that are interested, I’ve attached a few photos of what it looks like on the set of a commercial shoot.

Sports Bras vs. Speedos

13th December

I’m really enjoying this interesting infographic via mp3running that highlights some of the difference between male and female runners.  Click to see the entire series of info graphics.




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This past Sunday, I completed my longest Boston Marathon training run yet … 19 miles!  I’m walking around a bit wounded after that one,...

Running Abroad

A couple of weeks ago I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Germany for work. I spent 5 days in Tegernsee...