Category Archives: 13.1

Far from washed up as a runner

I well remember the first time I thought I was washed up as a runner. During vacation I was running slowly down a long incline at Glacier National Park. My left hip felt sore. It really hurt. I was in … Continue reading

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Dan Johnson is in it for the long run

Dan Johnson is a runner from Minnesota who attended Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa, where he ran cross country and track. As with many former teammates, I’ve kept up with Dan in a variety of ways, and became aware of … Continue reading

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Confessions of a f*ck up, and how to keep laughing about it

I love it when I f*ck up. Find it amusing. My kids love it too. They roll their texting eyes and go, “OMG dad.” This morning in conversation with my fiance Sue, I was discussing a fun coaching session I … Continue reading

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All bets are on the women in this race

Somewhere in the middle of the pack of 2500 participants at the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon, a lone male figure came trotting past. He was wearing a number, so he was not a bandit. The small crowd gathered at an … Continue reading

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Chicken legs

When I first started running at age 13, my vision of what would happen to my legs was something of a fantasy. I dreamed that my calves and thighs would evolve into something the girls all loved. My teammates often … Continue reading

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What do the numbers say about women’s and men’s running?

So while women have closed down the pace gap in a relative short time through increased participation opportunities and a continuing growth in the sport, there is still at least a 10% difference on average between women runners at both the median and world-class levels. Interestingly, that difference is hardly evident in most races. Wherever women and men race together, the playing field is essentially, perceptually even. Relatively few men can beat the world’s best women runners. Continue reading

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The 10 mile experiment

What I learned from my ten-mile experiment is simple. I’m not ready to run a half marathon because there are too many weaknesses in my foundation and training to justify a run of that length. If my pace fell off from the low 8:00s I was running early in the 10-miler it was not because I was winded, but because I was struggling with a numbness and shakey feeling down below the hip line Continue reading

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