In memory of my friend Melissa, who was taken from us all too soon. Every day I train and race, I think of you by my side (or rather, ahead of me, kicking my butt)!

My life is an experiment.  Since I ran my first marathon in 1990, I have been fascinated with what athletic challenges my body responds to, what changes in my training can have on the outcome and how I can measure my performance.  Luckily, as technology and science have evolved, so too have my training techniques.  Where I was once elusively a runner, trotting around Central Park in cotton shorts and t-shirts, I am now a cross-trainer, mindful of what I eat and how much I sleep. I have a variety of tools that I use to monitor every step, heartbeat and calorie (well, maybe not every calorie…).  This blog is an effort to track the training approaches I’ve tried, the people I’ve worked with and the results I’ve seen (or not).

I hope you join me on my journey. Thanks for reading.

See below or the sidebar on the right for ongoing musings about training, racing and life in the “fitness” lane.

It’s the Mind that Matters

On August 11, 2018, I had the distinct honor of participating in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland Ohio. Although I qualified for Age Groups in 2015, I never made it to the event, life got in the way. This year, 2018, I set it as a goal...

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Running Down a Cold

In 30 years of racing, my goal is to start every race in peak condition; rested, well-fueled and trained.  I don't win any race I enter, but I give it my best and I can't expect anymore than that. In 2008, I did start one race where I knew I wasn't feeling 100%. It...

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Eagles Tribute Run

So far, this Northeast winter has been fairly pleasant compared to what we New Englanders endured in 2015. However, today's cold and windy day still didn't feel very welcome.   I had less than hour to get in my morning run, so I dressed appropriately, grabbed my iPod...

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Election Day

It's Election Day today. And while I will at some point stop by the polls to cast my vote, I elected to do sometime else this morning. I chose to don my long-sleeved wetsuit, neoprene booties, gloves and cap and go for a early November open water swim. Since we've had...

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Post Race Depression

On Saturday, I ran my last race of the season. I trained well and felt perfectly prepared. I was pleased with the execution of my race plan and results. Most importantly, I had fun. So why do I find myself moping around the house? Why do I feel like I have no purpose?...

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What to wear

Tomorrow I’m running the Hartford Half Marathon.  It’s my 5th Hartford Half Marathon. I ran in 1994, 2003, 2007, 2013 and now 2015! I’ve run nearly 25 half marathons, 9 full marathons and countless other 5k, 10k, 10 milers, not to mention sprint, Olympic, half iron...

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