The Modesto Marathon – A Slow-er Marathon

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“So, you’re the one,” a couple said to me as I stood waiting for the start of the Modesto Marathon.  Uncertain if they were about to tell me I should accompany them to Alderaan if I were to learn the ways of the Force and/or if there was in fact “no spoon,” I opted to […]

SoCal River Marathon – A re-run

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A year ago I ran this race and found myself texting back and forth with my boss about vampire lore. He apologized for interrupting my Saturday and asked what I was up to and I told him I was on a bus to run a marathon. He insisted I stop working and do whatever I […]

The Florida Marathon … it’s a state of mind.

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Thirty-plus years ago, my high school gym teachers doubled/tripled up on their course loads beyond their physical education instruction periods. They’d proctor “Health” classes and in some cases they’d be stuck lecturing the “Highway Safety” class that is forever associated with “scared straight” videos entitled “Blood on the Blacktop” or “Drunk Driving – Kill, Kill!” […]

It wasn’t a 3:10 in Yuma… but it was a Sub-4

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Yuma: The volunteers and aid stations were great but with a small field there were quite a few stretches where it was just me, the road, and cars passing me by.  The course was an “out and back,” almost pancake flat save for two minor inclines. Those inclines proved to be major headaches.  And I’m […]

The Return of the Disneyland Half Marathon

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Sometimes you get off on the wrong foot and it’s hard to get back into your rhythm. The directions to the parking lot this morning were inaccurate… or maybe I just didn’t fully understand that when they specified the preferred parking lot to use that there would be oodles of closed off roads and misdirections […]

The Return of the Disneyland 10K

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Well… they’re a bit out of shape when it comes to race organization. It’s been 6+ years since their last event at Disneyland… and it shows.  But who am I to judge?  I’m a bit out of shape myself when it comes to running.  And yet, judge I shall! Parking lots opened later than anticipated, […]