Big Sur Playlist Feb15

Big Sur Playlist

Training for the Big Sur Marathon is officially underway, and as such, I’ve decided to incorporate a little hill torture into my workout plan. Apparently this is just what you do when you’re preparing to run Big Sur. You terrify yourself with BSIM race reports outlining the ecstasy and...

Disney Marathon Playlist Jan06

Disney Marathon Play...

Last month I somehow got railroaded into doing the Goofy Challenge at the Disney World Marathon. The worst part about working at Runner’s World is that it’s easy to convince yourself something like “Goofy”—chasing a half-marathon with a full marathon—is a good idea when...

Power taper Apr06

Power taper

The St. Louis marathon is Sunday, and I’ve now entered that cruel portion of training known as “the taper.” The taper is the brief window of time—anywhere from one to three weeks—when running slowly grinds to a halt and gives way to a preparatory relaxation regimen. You sleep past 6...

Power jam quandaries Oct26

Power jam quandaries

Let’s revisit one of my favorite topics: the power jam. A good power jam can turn your nightmarish slog of a run into a triumph of the human spirit. One minute you’re trudging through a haze of exhaustion, drizzle and Robitussin side effects. Then Peaches’ “Boys Wanna Be Her” comes...

Somebody Call 911 Feb04

Somebody Call 911

It’s been a momentous week, running-wise. First, after a great deal of soul-searching, I found my power jam. I knew that any deliberate effort to separate the power jam wheat from the power jam chaff would be a mistake. One jam would rise organically to the top, breezily decapitating all the...