Category Archives: 10K

The trials and tribulations of a right hand man

This weekend my wife completed the Half Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin. That’s no mean feat given a course that is hilly beyond belief. At several points the grade reaches 10% and a long steep stretch up a country road called … Continue reading

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How adept are you at confronting your fears?

Fear is a real killer. It is a killer of confidence. A killer of trust. A killer of motivation. A killer of good judgment and a killer of performance. Yet fear is not the real enemy. It is only the … Continue reading

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Races that stand out in your mind

I suppose it would be possible to go back and count all the races. All those times toeing the starting line. Looking around at your competitors. Wondering how the body and mind will respond on that day. In that moment. … Continue reading

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A few words of praise for my triathlete wife

Yesterday I played Sherpa for my wife during the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon. It was chilly (30 degrees) and snowy (but the streets were clear) and she ran really steady and strong. She’s now run a series of three or … Continue reading

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Lessons learned are like bridges burned

I finished the Champion of Trees 10K in 51:00 flat, a pace of 8:12 per mile through show and up hills and down. At various times during the race I definitely questioned my ability to meet my goal of 8:20 … Continue reading

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The Athlete’s Lament

I didn’t get up and work out at the crack of dawn this morning. In fact, I didn’t get up at all until about 6:24 a.m. That’s late for me. More typically I’m either out the door running, dipped into … Continue reading

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Finding your motivation

It would be nice if the motivation to work out and improve performance could be stumbled upon like some glowing blue object in a video game. “Oh look!” you could marvel. “A big chunk of motivation! I’ll put that in … Continue reading

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A Turkey Trot treatise

A Thanksgiving morning road race has become a tradition for millions of runners. Our local race is four miles, which is about the perfect racing distance for the masses. A little longer than the typical 5K, yet not as taxing … Continue reading

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A half-marathon that was half and half

Let’s begin with what will seem to many people like a bit of a weird confession. The last time I raced a half-marathon was in 1985. Even that fact requires a bit of revisionist history because that half marathon was … Continue reading

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A taste of bittersweet early in the sweet season

This is the second installment of eight blogs about a cross country season forty years ago. On Thursdays, I will recount a most significant period in life, a senior year in college. That’s when hard work paid off, self-belief took hold … Continue reading

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