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200 Miles, 8 Runners, 31 Hours: A Race Log

Introduction I’ve always thought of distance running as an individual sport. You throw on some shoes, pop in some earbuds and put one foot in front of the other for a long time. Sure you may go out in a group from time to time, but if you can have a conversation than you’re not working hard enough. This weekend changed my outlook on distance running, and opened my eyes to how fun running with a team can be.…

An Evolving Experiment in Fitness

My lungs are raw from gasping for 7 minutes solid. My vision has only now returned from the blurry and wild eyed stupor I was in just a few hours ago, when I crashed on the gym mat in an effort to get my heart rate down to a safe level. I still haven’t fully recovered from tonight’s workout as I write this and reflect; slightly sick and slightly satisfied feelings mingle with one another and I cannot predict if I will wake up with an upper respiratory infection or the desire to push myself to this upper limit again.…

The Evernote Workout Log

A few weeks back I wrote about a little fitness experiment I had started to try and reduce the amount of time I spent training while maximizing results. During the experiment I needed a place to document my workouts so I could review my progress and see if I was meeting my goals, as well as plan future workouts. I had some basic requirements in mind when selecting a logging system:…

An Experiment in Fitness

Disclaimers Update 03-01-2019: Almost 10 years later, I no longer subscribe to the following. I haven’t since 2012. Looking back on old writing, old training and old ways is illuminating. I’m happy for the time I spent with this experiment and where it led me, but I’m older and wiser now. I’m an ultrarunner and train like one. I also lift big weights, jump high and rest a lot. Every now and then I do something that looks like an old Crossfit workout.…

American Gods and running with the dead

So I finally got around to reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman this past winter, and as it turned out I couldn’t have picked better circumstances. Actually I didn’t so much “read” American Gods as I listened to it. As narrated by George Guidall, who I am convinced is the finest narrator of audio books I’ve ever had the privilege to listen to. It turns out the story takes place largely in winter, and since this book was to be my running companion for much of the season it turned out to be perfect.…