Posts tagged running
DNS: 2019 NYC Marathon

After weeks of stalling and procrastinating, I’ve finally cancelled my entry in the 2019 New York City Marathon. I’m heartbroken, and have been since I started thinking seriously about deferring my entry to next year. I’m sad I’m going to miss the race, and all the power and ambition and fun that it brings along, and I’m sad because dropping out of the marathon feels like giving up on myself.

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Race Report: 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half

When I told another runner that I had a terrible time racing the Popular Brooklyn Half this year, and started talking about “going to a really dark place around mile eight” he interrupted me. “When you go to a dark place,” he asked, “do you have a tough time running? Or are you talking about something bigger? Are you actually feeling so messed up you’re —I don’t know— about to quit your job?”

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Race Report: North Face Endurance Challenge/Bear Mountain Half Marathon

A month before the North Face Endurance Challenge, I signed up up for the Half Marathon event on a whim. I knew about this series of trail races but had never been able to fit one into my schedule — when a trail runner I know asked if I’d ever participated, and I realized this year I was free to race that weekend, I signed up without too much thought.

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Race Report: TCS NYC Marathon 2018

Just over a week after running the TCS NYC Marathon I’m starting to feel normal again: walking without pain, not constantly re-evaluating my race day, and even starting to get excited to run another race. I ran a 4:08:50 marathon last week, which is a far cry from the time I aimed for — but even during marathon itself, I realized that while it wasn’t the time I wanted, it was the race I was trained for and the race I deserved.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 14, 15, 16

As I write this, I’m winding down my marathon training cycle and tapering down to race day; the last three weeks closed out the “work” phase of this training cycle. I’ve had a rough and inconsistent autumn and these final, critical weeks were no exception. I adjusted my workouts, rearranged some and skipped others, trying to keep up with my day job as well as my training, but for the most part I had to prioritize work over running.

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El Castell de Sant Miquel: Girona, Spain

An hour’s train ride from Barcelona lies a small Catalonian town full of cobbled streets, riverfront paths, medieval history, delicious tapas, and enthusiastic bikers. Girona (Gerona, in Spanish) is a favorite destination for both recreational and professional cyclists, who head out from the city center to climb picturesque mountains and fly down the trails and roads threading through the Costa Brava region. When I visited Girona this month, I found myself in the minority as I set out on foot for a long trail run, instead of renting a bike to explore the countryside.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 9 & 10

Week 9 of my training was another evening-heavy one: knowing I had a 14-miler scheduled for Wednesday and I would rather do that distance after work, I shifted all my runs to the evening for consistency’s sake. At the same time, I wanted my bike at the office so I could ride to some midday appointments, so I biked into Manhattan on Tuesday morning before knocking out 6.5 easy (if very hot) miles on my way home to start my week of night run commutes.

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NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 4 & 5

Heading out of town for week 4 of my marathon training was great for my mental health and running adventures, but left me a week behind on my recaps! Now that I've finished up week 5 (with a brutal 16-miler...) and am into a recovery week, I'm looking forward to taking a minute to catch up and look back at the very different weeks I've just had.

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Green Mountain Trails

Tiny Pittsfield, Vermont (not to be confused with its big sibling in the Berkshires, Pittsfield, Massachusetts) is an under the radar destination for extreme athletes. Pittsfield’s biggest claim to fame is its annual snowshoe race, though skiers and snowboarders might recognize it as the 546-person town just down the road from Killington’s slopes, which also serve mountain bikers and host festivals in the summer. Thru- and day-hikers pass nearby on the Appalachian Trail and Vermont’s Long Trail, or explore the area’s many national and state parks, while mountain climbers scale cliffs above. Campers and backpackers have hundreds of thousands of acres to play in.

But what about the runners?

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