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Faster Frigidity

Today, I ran the GSK 10k Run in Lincoln for the first time. It was a fast frigid adventure. Cold and wind dominated the race (this seems to be a persistent theme this year for the last few races). The race starts and finishes at Holmes Park/Holmes Lake in Lincoln. I...

Bronzed Middle Ages

Racing through the Middle Ages…I mean my middle ages… First of all, I hope you are not upset at me blending the Bronze and Middle Ages together. I’m not trying to be historically confusing. But I’m middle-aged and well, more about the bronze… Saturday, I ran the Energy 5k as part of the Cornhusker State […]

Racing through the Middle Ages…I mean my middle ages… First of all, I hope you are not upset at me blending the Bronze and Middle Ages together. I’m not trying to be historically confusing. But I’m middle-aged and well, more about the...

Going for Gold: Aiming for 5k PR

Tomorrow I am running in the Cornhusker State Games Energy 5k race for the third year in a row. Two years ago, I raced to a silver in my age group. Last year, bronze in my age group. Medal that’s missing? Gold. What does the watch say? Let’s just say the watch is optimistic. Can […]

Tomorrow I am running in the Cornhusker State Games Energy 5k race for the third year in a row. Two years ago, I raced to a silver in my age group. Last year, bronze in my age group. Medal that’s missing? Gold. What does the watch say? Let’s just say the...

Beware the STRIDES of March!

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: Remember the “Beware the IDES of MARCH” line in Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene 2 for us Shakespeare geeks), the famous Shakespeare play? Caesar foolishly ignored the warning of the soothsayer and the rest is history. Well, tomorrow is the Ides of March (March 15). And running is […]

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: Remember the “Beware the IDES of MARCH” line in Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene 2 for us Shakespeare geeks), the famous Shakespeare play? Caesar foolishly ignored the warning of the soothsayer and the rest is...
How to Run Pyramidic Fartlek

How to Run Pyramidic Fartlek

Running friends have asked me to explain what pyramidic fartlek is and how I run it. Pyramidic fartlek is a stepped approach in which you run with “speed play” through different interval speeds, ascending to top speed and descending back to a slow jog or walk. For example, one of the most popular fartlek formats […]

Running friends have asked me to explain what pyramidic fartlek is and how I run it. Pyramidic fartlek is a stepped approach in which you run with “speed play” through different interval speeds, ascending to top speed and descending back to a slow jog or...

First Marathon: The Marathon Bug Bites

On Dec. 4, 1988, 25 years ago today, I ran my first full marathon in Dallas, Texas. It was spectacular! Early that year, I made the decision to run the Dallas White Rock Marathon. I realized this meant 9 months of tough training. I trained hard, on the roads, trails, and speed work on TCU’s […]

On Dec. 4, 1988, 25 years ago today, I ran my first full marathon in Dallas, Texas. It was spectacular! Early that year, I made the decision to run the Dallas White Rock Marathon. I realized this meant 9 months of tough training. I trained hard, on the roads, trails,...

Filling my Running Bucket List

Ever heard of Joy Johnson? She’s the 86 year-old  (the oldest in this year’s race) who finished the New York Marathon (her 25th), then died shortly afterward. Her epitaph might read: “I want to die running”. She’s been telling the press and her family that since at least 2008. The Wall Street Journal wrote a […]

Ever heard of Joy Johnson? She’s the 86 year-old  (the oldest in this year’s race) who finished the New York Marathon (her 25th), then died shortly afterward. Her epitaph might read: “I want to die running”. She’s been telling the press...

Hip-Hip-Hooray!

   Well, it’s been an interesting month of speed drills and sore hips (yes, both of them). I’ve broken my 5k PR a few times (maybe 4X?). Then Saturday’s run left an unexpectedly deeper, lasting impression. Within a few steps after starting my run, I was “Garmin blind”: when your Garmin timekeeper watch switches from […]

   Well, it’s been an interesting month of speed drills and sore hips (yes, both of them). I’ve broken my 5k PR a few times (maybe 4X?). Then Saturday’s run left an unexpectedly deeper, lasting impression. Within a few steps after starting my run, I...

Super-Duper Speed Drills

Happy mid-October, my month for fall “speed drills”. It’s nice to have a break from pounding out miles day after day and focusing on my main running weakness, a general lack of speed. How does one become a faster runner? Here are a few suggestions: 1. Occasional  speed tests (5k, 10k, mile, 800s, 5mi). I’m […]

Happy mid-October, my month for fall “speed drills”. It’s nice to have a break from pounding out miles day after day and focusing on my main running weakness, a general lack of speed. How does one become a faster runner? Here are a few suggestions:...