Monthly Archives: June 2013

Endurance and Suffering: The Thin Place

“The Road Less Traveled” begins with these lines: Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.* (And at the bottom of the page…) * The first of the “Four Noble Truths” which the Buddha taught … Continue reading

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Marathon Pace is 7:02 or 7:07

This is the graph of my heart rate during the Kansas City Marathon in 2011. For me, it reveals everything that went wrong that day. I ran miles 3-6 at 94% of my max heart rate (based on my max … Continue reading

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Know thyself

The following is just some ruminations and odd references to things that have been rolling around my head this week as I’ve been gearing up for marathon training. I’m sorry for the misquotes and misattributions that remain. But these are … Continue reading

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Who fartleked?

I got a gift that I never would have bought. T, my running buddy, got me a shirt that says, “Who fartleked?” on the front. It’s a little vulgar. Yes. But it’s funny too. I wore it yesterday, and my … Continue reading

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Breaking 1:30 on Hospital Hill is sweet! (expanded)

“Sometimes, you just do things,” is the mantra that Scott Jurek (celebrated ultra-marathoner, winner of 7 straight Western States, etc.) repeats throughout his book Eat and Run. I highly recommend it, and it is especially good as an audio book. … Continue reading

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