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Reclaiming an Analog Life

There was a period about two years ago, when iPad was booming and everyone had to have one, where I decided I’d go all in on the digital lifestyle.  I’d leave pen and paper behind and have all my notes and information at my fingertips. That worked for a while, but I soon found that […]

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You’re No Spring Chicken

“Your destination is on the right.” No, its not, Google Maps, there is no destination on my right.  Only a field, I think.  I can’t see farther than 15 feet outside the car because I’m atop some random California mountain at 11 o’clock on a Saturday night.  I forgot my wallet.  I’m driving the car […]

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Love the red.  Also have a pair in Green/blue

Shoe Review: New Balance NB 980 Trail

Yes, I know NB has released an update to this shoe (the Hierro), and any good reviewer wouldn’t publish a review of an “outdated” shoe.  But I love this trail shoe.  The love needs to be shared When I first started running trails, and given that I was a Brooks man through and through, I […]

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I've worn Ghosts for a long time.  This picture is missing 5 pair that I got rid of before this pic

Shoe review: Brooks Ghost 8

This is one of several reviews that I have been meaning to write since this summer.  It has been a crazy busy summer and fall for me and I’ve also published an academic book (my day job is professor of history and department chair) and reading galley proofs, securing photo rights, and taking care of […]

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"I'm the slow ultra runner of the world!"

18 Miles along the Pinhoti Trail

I met some trail friends for a run along the Pinhoti Trail this morning.  Some were having their final long run before the Pinhoti 100 in two weeks.  Others, like me, were in the build phases for races a little further down the calendar. This is a section of the Pinhoti that I’d never run […]

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Crusher Ridge 42K: The Clubber Lang of Trail Races

I tell myself I’m done.  I am convinced I’ll never return to this race.  I’ll volunteer next year, I tell myself.  But then I find myself signing up once more.  Sometimes I’m a stupid man. For the second time in two weeks, and for the second year in a row, I headed out to Ruffner […]

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Now Departing Funk City, USA

The last 6 months have been hard for me as a runner.  I DNFd my March 50 miler attempt because I was undertrained on trails and just overheated and lacking mental toughness.  I struggled with summer running as it really hammered me on longer runs, and shorter ones, too.  I put on 7 pounds between […]

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Product review: Dynamic+ NoShow Compression socks

A couple of months ago CEP asked me if I’d like to sample a pair of their compression socks.  Not the full-length socks, mind you, but those made just for feet. Yes, just for feet. Too many runners, asserts CEP, runners assume that compression is primarily for the calves.  Sure CEP sells those, too, but […]

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In honor of National Dog Day

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It doesn’t take a Gofundme account to inspire kids

You want to inspire kids? You want me to give you money to do some 50 state ego tour/run/Tri/odyssey to inspire those kids. You don’t have to do some epic event that draws more attention to you than your cause. You just have to walk down the street and coach a local team. Or use […]

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If Dr Suess had to run in the Alabama summer

It is no secret at all that I despise hot weather running.  Yes, I’ve lived in the South all my life, but the high humidity and heat kills me.  It does for everyone, but I am a pretty good “heat whiner” about it all.  On a run this week, and covered in sweat barely a […]

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