Willamette Valley Marathon – May 29, 2022

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“Mercury is in retrograde.” This is what my friend said as we struggled to find parking earlier this week. From street cleaning notifications to permit only to loading zones, each “open spot” proved to be an illusion. I was familiar with the phrase but I guess I really didn’t know the details behind it. She […]

May 1, 2022 – The OC Marathon

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I suppose if you say it enough times, it’s bound to be true eventually… that seems to be the red state philosophy of long time Republican bulwark Orange County, CA. [Full disclosure — the OC is much more purple these days, having gone for Hilary Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020… but the local […]

Welcome to the OC, um, suckers?

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The OC Marathon has a strict policy on packet pickup for their races. You must attend the expo, held the two days prior to the event. And their times are amongst the worst possible for traffic — 4pm to 8pm on Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday. I went Friday and it took me […]

Reflections on the 126th Boston Marathon

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I thought I was ready. I thought wrong… repeatedly. When I first made my reservations, I thought there wasn’t a chance the expo would be open on Easter Sunday so flew in Saturday morning to make sureI could get my bib. Turns out the Expo was one of the few things open on Easter Sunday… […]

Shooting Myself In The Foot…

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Wait. That’s wrong. *I* didn’t shoot myself in the foot; a medical professional did. After months of issues, I finally broke down and went to a sports medicine specialist. On the plus side, the series of X-rays showed my left foot is NOT broken in any way — no major or minor stress fractures, no […]

April 2, 2022 – Revel Mt Charleston Marathon

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Nope. Didn’t happen. I didn’t BQ. And I realized I wasn’t going to around mile 20 when the 3:10 pace group caught up to me and passed me, disappearing into the horizon as I found myself hobbling a bit here and there. Knowing that the previous miles would now be building not to a qualifying […]