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Ten Days!

It’s time for the countdown to begin. Your marathon staff ran the course on Sunday. The good news is there were no surprises. The course is ready, and it’s still 26.2 miles long! We run the course every year. Not only to earn our own medals, but to make sure everything was in place when all […]


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Two Weeks!

Just a little over two weeks. People are starting to taper. Whatever that is. Sunday morning – the staff run. The “Dress Rehearsal” for the marathon. We’re pretty busy on race day, so two weeks before the marathon, members of the staff go out and run the course so we can earn our medals too. […]


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What if?

Saturday night, I was hanging out with a bunch of really old people. I was at my 40-year high school class reunion. (Class of 1974, Chippewa Hills.) Then I got in the car, drove to St. Charles, Illinois, for the fifth annual Fox Valley Marathon. I snoozed a couple times on the way there for […]


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One month to go!

THIRTY DAYS! The countdown. Too early to taper. This stuff is getting serious! The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon preparation is in full swing. Yesterday we got the order for Clif Shots in. Clif is our official energy gel sponsor this year. I ordered another 2,000 Heat Sheets as well. We get them on rolls […]


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It’s not just 26 miles

Before too long, many of you will once again complete the magical distance, 26.2 miles, that has come to be called a MARATHON. The distance is arbitrary really. Modern-era marathons started at more like 25 miles until the 1908 Olympics in London moved the starting line at the order of the queen. It’s been 26 […]


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Aren’t you afraid?

In 2011 I signed up for my first iron-distance triathlon, the Rev3 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Not long after that, a friend came up beside me during a run and asked me, “Aren’t you afraid?” “Huh?” “What if you fail? What if you can’t do it?” I hadn’t considered that. Wow.  I hadn’t […]


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There’s more

  There’s more inside you than you realize. It’s something that I like to remind people over and over. If you’ve been reading my stuff for a few years, you know that!   Recently, I’ve been a lot more aware of that in my own training. In a bit of a rut after a couple […]


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24,902

An interesting number. If you’re excited about geography or maps or something like that, you know that 24,902 is the number of miles around the world at the equator. But for me, it’s a goal. And this Sunday, my mileage logs will actually reach the number 24,902. I have run enough miles in my running […]


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You’re Stronger Than You Think

A lot of the last three years have been spent trying to get my knees back into good shape for running. I’ve still been doing marathons regularly, but not at the frequency of the past. The last two or three months have been a real confidence booster, however. Weekend before last was a real test […]


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Adventure – the reason we run

Fresh air, cool trails, and marathons all over the world to enjoy. Places to explore that you would never have known about if you didn’t run. I found a “jungle ruins” type of stairway up from the end of Sixth Street up the hill to Lookout Park. At the end of the bike bridge across […]


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