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Training for Paris

No, this post is not about how to eat enough cheese and foie gras to prepare you for a trip to France. People have been asking me about my training going into Paris, so this is a brief overview of what I focused on. Before we do that though, I think it is important to discuss what I did for training in the past because I made some dramatic changes. For the past 11 marathons (not triathlons) my training... read more

113 Paris Marathon – 2:51:37

Our adventure begins on a jet plane headed to France. Abbe had always wanted to run the Paris Marathon and I had never been to France (of course I like to run as well) so we entered the lottery and both got in. I’d like to tell you ‘I know a guy’ and that’s how we both got in, but it was just fate. I really enjoy overnight flights as I imagine myself living back when air travel was glamorous. I savor my... read more

112 Rock n Roll DC Half – 1:26:35

As the 3 o’clock hour approached at work, I changed out of my suit and into civilian attire. I bounded down into the subway heading toward Penn and blending in with the masses already commuting home. Abbe and I met at our normal spot, the ‘Secret Place to Wait for the Train’ that we had discovered a few years ago. We were both very exited to get out of Manhattan for the weekend…... read more

On Consistency

Winter training versus Summer training is a common debate among all of us. I do not have a favorite as I see two sides of positive to both. Winter: What else are you going to do in the dead of winter? Head to a barbeque? Go to Fire Island for a beach weekend? Probably you will be doing a lot of nothing since the weather does not permit for much outdoor group fun. Unless, of course, you run! I find that... read more

Manhattan Half Marathon – 1:28:21

I normally don’t like to pay money to run around my backyard, but since my Aunt Marge (in charge), cousin Cat and Charla were coming in for the race, I was game. They all converged on my apartment around 6:30AM. We had some coffee, formulated a game plan and were out the door by 7. They got to meet the Gotham City Runner crew, those that were racing anyway, at the start. The weather was great.... read more

Ted Corbitt 15k – 59:43

A 15k race, for me, is a blast. Right when things start to really hurt, the race is over. It was a tad chilly, but then again the Ted Corbitt is always chilly due to it being held in mid December. I met my friend Rachel at the start and we did a quick warm up before heading to our respective corrals. I had no Garmin. I had no expectations. I was just going to run at what I thought was a ‘hard’... read more

Paris Marathon Training: New Tactics

I am running the Paris Marathon this April. It will be my first Marathon in over a year. This March I pulled off the Reston Marathon in horrible conditions and sub par training, finishing in 3:09:51. Then, I learned a whole bunch of new stuff. Reston Marathon finish in the snow, soaking wet. Boston Qualifier by NINE seconds. Yikes… hence my goofy smile. 2014 was a great year mainly because I... read more

110 Ashburn Farms 5K – 18:21

This is the 4th year in a row that I have said I wanted to run a Turkey Trot. The three years prior I have failed, mainly because of two factors… they aren’t close by my family’s house and we drink too much the night before. This year Abbe and I were determined to make it happen! We arrived at my brother’s house the day before and had a pretty chill day aside from wrestling and... read more

109 Bronx 10-Miler: 1:04:38

10 miles is a fun distance because it’s right on the brink of ‘not fun anymore.’ Abbe and I took the ol subway uptown into the Boogie Down Bronx and had loads of time to spare. Looking back on the 70 degree weather we had, I am completely jealous. We found some of the Gotham City Runners crew, chatted, then set off for the corrals and a quick warm up. I saw my friend Rachel, then Ali and... read more

Central Park History – Running Tour with Nelson Aspen

This morning, instead of doing our normal Tuesday speedwork, my friend (and Gotham City Runners teammate) Nelson Aspen and I decided to do a historical Central Park run. I would also interview him to discuss his new book, our mutual love of running, and New York City. We took off, running down the west side in awe of the fall foliage. NA: Look at these colors! I really think this week is peak fall foliage... read more

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