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Archive for 'Fitness'

In search of snow

It’s been an unusually mild winter, which has been terrific for marathon training, but really lousy for enjoying local snow sports.  We moved next to a state park, got our snow shoes warmed up, and even picked out nordic skis for Christmas so we were very anxious to try out the local trails as soon […]

Half at the Hamptons 2012 – new PR

Another beautiful day in February found me toeing the starting line at Hampton Beach – awesome course, great volunteers, terrific organizers – I can’t keep myself away!  While the weather was not as warm as yesterday’s unseasonable high of 50, a 40 degree sunny day with mild winds was as good as I could have […]

Reflecting on 2011

We’re back from our Midwestern holiday tour, which seems to pass faster every year.  Because we now live farther west, we avoided the “woogie hours” at each end, making the trip in under 12 hours each way.  In this in-between day before the festivities of New Year’s Eve, I unpacked, washed, cleaned, napped, ran, and […]

Racing Stone Cat

Several months ago, my running buddies at work and I renewed our commitment to run more frequently.  We decided to sign up for a race to assist in motivation.  I’m not sure how we all decided on the Stone Cat Trail Marathon, but some combination of wanting to run trails, the close proximity and excellent […]

11 years in the making, 11 seconds to spare

It’s been almost a year since I ran my Boston Qualifying marathon in DC, and I knew at the time that the Boston Marathon was already full for 2011.  In fact, it filled up in a matter of hours, well before I even ran my race. There has been plenty of speculation about how Boston […]

Around Cape Ann 25K, 4th edition

It’s Labor Day, and my thoughts naturally turned to Gloucester and those 16 crazy hills. I made a game time decision to run the Around Cape Ann 25K for a 4th time. I’m really growing to love this course that winds around the beautiful shoreline, marshes and towns of Cape Ann.  I haven’t run a […]

Yankee Homecoming Race 2011

I had been thinking about running the Yankee Homecoming Race this year, but my “training” has been more opportunistic than rigorous so I definitely wanted to do a pre-race check before signing up for the 10miler. On July 27 the weather was nice and I got home from my business trip in time to get […]

Trail Racing For the Fun of It

As members of the Essex County Greenbelt, a local conservation organization, we received their email announcement about the Run for the Hills Trail Race at the Pingree Reservation. It sounded like a pretty fun way to spend a Saturday morning so we signed up. This was a fun race for us, no pace calculations or […]

Juddmandefer Adventures!

Ken and Leslie came to visit this week! Like me, Ken likes to keep busy with fun activities during vacation, so we were happy to oblige. After they arrived on Monday, Brian picked them up and they settled in, went grocery shopping, picked up a mountain bike for the week, took a short nap, and […]

Hangover Classic 10K at Salisbury Beach

We decided to do a fun race to start the new year, the Winner’s Circle Running Club’s Hangover Classic 10K at Salisbury Beach. As we walked toward the beach, we noted the crowd was a mix of elite runners competing for the prize money, running club members, families running or walking together (we imagined some […]