Runner in training: What now?

Last month, I pushed my body to the limit and accomplished a feat only a small percentage of people have dared to attempt. I ran a marathon. The first 20 miles were no problem. Years of long-distance running had prepared … Continue reading

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Runner in training: A real pain in the … knee

It’s a non-issue. That’s what I keep telling myself. There is no pain. There is no pain. Most of the time, there isn’t. But on occasion, it strikes. Just a little pang here and there, right beneath the left kneecap. … Continue reading

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Runner in training: Nike commercial brings out greatness in all

Since moving to Wisconsin early this year, my girlfriend and I have lived without television. But with laptops handy, we’ve managed to survive. Hulu, Netflix and an HBO account provide enough entertainment to rot our brains. But I admit, not … Continue reading

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Runner in training: Just run

Running isn’t complicated. Put one foot in front of the other. Do it over and over again, and then some more. Good runners can complete this simple task at either a faster rate or a longer period of time. With … Continue reading

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Runner in training: Behold, the night runner

  This photo says a lot about my athletic personality. Put simply: I’m an insane running freak. I run on hot days, I jump off benches and I occasionally bust a move mid-run when the headphone tunes throw me an addictive … Continue reading

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Runner in training: Not a runner? See what you’re missing

For me, part of the appeal of long distance running is that natural instinct to explore. Humans aren’t meant to be cooped up in an office or glued to a television set at home. Our bodies are made to move. … Continue reading

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Running in training: Time to get serious

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. To all my loyal fans – all four of you – many apologies. (That’s counting my mom, girlfriend, grandma and that one guy who left a comment on one of my … Continue reading

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Runner in training: Pacing the storm

  I don’t recommend running in wild weather, but sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Today I was caught in a nice drizzle that soaked me from head to foot. I couldn’t exactly seek shelter right away because I was out on a … Continue reading

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Runner in training: A struggle for perfection

Every day is a struggle to find the perfect pace. My form is often sloppy, and each performance leaves me critical of my own ability. I once confessed my hatred of this sport to a colleague of mine. “You hate … Continue reading

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Runner in training: July 2 training log

Morning weight: 158 pounds Route: Around my apartment complex in Grand Chute. Distance: 4.01 miles Time: 32 min. 18 sec. Average pace: 8.03 sec. Average speed: 7.45 mph Calories burned: 509 About the run: I ran by the manager of … Continue reading

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