“Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.”

That headline is a quote from Ken Chlouber, Colorado miner and creator of the Leadville Trail 100 ultramarathon. You don’t need to run an ultramarathon. You don’t even really need to make pain your friend. Almost all of us, though, could stand to become a bit (or perhaps a lot) more comfortable with discomfort. I […]

Low impact is all you need? Uh, no

I remember back when my first son was born and got old enough to tear around our yard.  I — in great cardiovascular shape from decades of extreme bicycling — felt BRITTLE running around the yard with him.  It was around that time I read an article in on a cycling website that doing only […]

Eddy Merckx Cycles… just because

Sticker shock

I remember in the late ’70s, when I was first really getting serious about bicycling, looking at the Paramount in the Schwinn catalog and wondering who in the world would ever spend $1,500 on a bicycle.  Insane! I’ve since done so myself many times over.  But that being said, I don’t ever see reaching this price […]

Another really good run

I ran the Monster Dash half-marathon over in St. Paul this past Saturday.  I’d trained fairly well for it, but not really exhaustively, and because of work travel I tapered pretty dramatically the past two weeks.  So I wasn’t sure how well it would go. It went really well — I set a PR of […]

Running shoes old and new

For the first time since I started running a few years back, I was able to replace my old pair of shoes with the exact same model and color. I’d thought my old shoes had held up extremely well — in fact, I really thought they looked pretty new.  Until the new ones showed up: […]

Remembering Biff

I have to admit I felt a bit funny traveling to my hometown for the funeral of a friend I knew for over thirty years, Mark “Biff” Fitting.  After all, it’s not like we were an everyday part of each other’s lives.  I worked for him for a couple summers in the early ’80s, and […]

The marathon

It’s done.  3:45:55, solidly demolishing my goal of beating 4 hours. There was lots of nervousness in the lead-up — the weather forecast consistently said rain and low 40s at the start.  I really had no idea how to dress for that. Instead, I woke up Sunday to 50 and clearing.  Oh, and 25 to 40 […]

What a difference a week makes

Last week’s 20 mile run was atrocious.  It wasn’t hot out by any means — maybe 70-ish — but the humidity was about 90%, so it felt 10 or 20 degrees hotter.  And I’m not built for hot.  I was dripping by the end of mile one, and despite drinking four pounds of Gatorade, I lost three […]

Marathon training: getting down to brass tacks

After a minor setback with a nasty but brief cold last weekend, this week marked a new high spot for the training program.  No, not in miles (though that will come with tomorrow’s 20-miler) — it was the first time this year for outdoor running in just shorts and a singlet.  A business trip took […]