There are so many benefits to running, but this Thanksgiving I'm grateful that running gets me out there in nature. I won't run through everything, but I have run in some pretty hot conditions, in a Nor'easter, into the single digits, into wind that almost blew me into Lake Champlain, occasionally in snow storms -- … Continue reading Why I’m grateful for running
Fizzle: to fail or end feebly, especially after a promising start. It happens to all of us: we start out with such high spirits and high hopes and then our race just fizzles. But what if you could make it sizzle rather than fizzle? Here are a few tips to do just that. Make sure you've … Continue reading 10 Ways to Sizzle, not Fizzle
Dazzling: to impress deeply; to astonish with delight Dazzling and running are not two words I usually put together. Sure, my race tomorrow will no doubt be dazzling with sunshine and heat, but I couldn't find a post in that (and I'll recap it next week anyway). My running is not often referred to … Continue reading How does running change as you age?
Technical: of or relating to technique Put one foot in front of the other. Rapidly. Over and over and over. That's it; that's running -- or is it? Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point.-- Maurice Saatchi Running is simple -- isn't it? On the surface, running isn't … Continue reading Is running the least technical sport?
. . . and following your heart Deliberate: to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully It often seems that runners fall into two camps: the ones that analyze everything from what they eat, to how much to run, to which races they should run. And then there are the runners who just jump … Continue reading Running is the intersection of deliberate . . .
Brash: heedless of the consequences Brash. Running. How do these two things come together? I think all too often they do -- and sometimes it works, sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you need to heed a few consequences. You're obviously conscious of being brash or big-headed but I always knew I was going to … Continue reading Brash: Ok or not OK?
. . . with failure? Content: satisfied with what one has; not wanting more or anything else. If you read my blog, the answer would seem self evident: I am not content with failure. Not content with being BOTP, not content with races where my training doesn't seem to pay off, not content when I'm dealt … Continue reading Can you be content . . .
. . . is finding new ways to measure success Improvement: an act of improving or the state of being improved Beginning runners often see improvement by leaps and bounds in the beginning -- it actually makes that hard work feel good, because you see improvement. What if you've been running for decades? What improvments can … Continue reading Improvment . . .
Breakthrough: a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development My friends have started to say things like: You're so fast now! You can't call yourself BOTP anymore! While neither statement is true (I'm usually heading up the rear in our very small running group -- still), it does feel like I'm finally making the breakthrough I … Continue reading Does it feel like that breakthrough will never happen?
. . . why do it? Development: the act or process of devloping; growth; progress Development, progress, growth, improvement. Call it what you will, you can't create development without some effort. There's a saying about marathons, maybe you've heard it? If it were easy, everyone would do it. All growth depends on activity. There is … Continue reading If Development is so difficult . . .