Quick update, or drugs are good, mmk?

Exactly 29 days ago, I ran a terrific workout that proved to me that I was quickly getting into the best shape of my life.  After jogging to a local high school track, I did 4x 2 miles with 3 minutes rest, averaging 5:40 pace.  The pace came to me easily and effortlessly, and I honestly felt like I could have done another repeat without much strain.  Since it was still somewhat early in my season, though, Read more…

A brief history of your’s truly, or, a guaranteed way to get faster!*

One of the reasons I started this blog was to encourage younger runners who may not be the best or the fastest, but want to improve.  As I mentioned previously, I was never a standout runner, in high school or college.  Even at the small Class C high school I attended, I was never higher than 8th on the team.  Despite running for a small community college, and later a small Division III college, I Read more…

Race Report – Johnny’s Running of the Green

March 16th was Johnny’s Running of the Green, which is a very popular and very competitive 5-miler, usually being won in under 25 minutes. Most recent victors have included the 2005 NCAA Division 3 cross country champion and a Division 1 runner with a 5K PR of 14:18. I’ve been doing a lot of miles lately, but not a whole lot of workouts, so I knew I was in decent shape, but certainly not PR Read more…

Let’s talk about something other than running…

I’ve been listening to two bands almost exclusively for the past week or two now.  This isn’t particularly noteworthy; I tend to focus on one band and listen to one or two of their albums for a while, until I tire of them and move on the next obsession.  It’s not uncommon for me to keep one CD in my car for weeks and listen to nothing else while I’m driving.  What is unusual about Read more…

Eating healthy

Being a runner means being in-tune with your body, and making sure that you are taking care of it as well as you can.  This means that in addition to working out, what you are putting into your body is very important as well.  While the adage that anything will burn if the fire is hit enough may be true, if you are looking for maximum performance, you had better not be sucking down Big Read more…

I am not elite.

I am not elite.  Hopefully you would have understood that from this post title, but one can never be too sure. So why am I writing this, and why are you (I hope) reading this?  Because, with respects to Dennis Leary, I’m just a regular Joe, with a regular job.  I am not blessed with raw natural talent that allowed me to run under 17 minutes for a 5K with no training.  In fact, I Read more…