Tag Archives: marathon running

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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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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How to run a marathon without really trying

A photographer friend sent me a photo after yesterday’s Fox Valley Marathon. There was some guy named Chris that looked like me who was running the race. Perhaps I ran 26.2 miles yesterday and did not even know it. That’s how … Continue reading

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Training specificity in running

During the post-collegiate year that I raced 24 times on the track and roads, I kept a detailed journal of training miles. My personal records that year were 14:47 for the 5K, 31:10 for the 10k, 51:30 for 15K, 53:30 for 10M, … Continue reading

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Frosty and friends run a marathon

Here in Chillytown, USA, there’s an annual tradition that some of you might like your snowpeople to join. It’s called the Frosty Marathon and every year dozens of snowpeople turn out to run the race held on December 24. It … Continue reading

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Watching Chicago Marathon results in a call for keeping the faith

By Christopher Cudworth The Chicago Marathon took place without a hitch on October 12, 2013. There were no reported incidents of terrorist activity. No threats to the crowds lining the start and finish lines. Spectators lined the course six people … Continue reading

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Are we ready for zombies that run and ride?

By Christopher Cudworth My daughter just finished a NetFlix marathon watching past episodes of a show called The Walking Dead. It was a pretty grueling effort to catch up on 4 full seasons or so. But she’s a tough girl … Continue reading

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Marathon Monopoly is the game of the season

By Christopher Cudworth Marathon Monopoly is a game involving a lot of real estate covered by streets, houses and the occasional railroad along the way to running 26.2 miles. It might start with a roll of the dice to see … Continue reading

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Enjoying a bloom of fitness

By Christopher Cudworth Athletic fitness, like the bloom of a brilliant flower, often lasts a few days, or at best a few weeks, before the peak fitness must fade. The rhythm of blooms Our bodies, like annual or even perennial … Continue reading

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How competition can lead you to your best times

By Christopher Cudworth  For 98% of the running population, the word “racing” is a misnomer for what transpires when most people show up at a running event. Racing actually involves trying to aggressively outrun another runner or a group of … Continue reading

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