December 30, 2010

Running Toward a New Year

Sometimes it's good to get away to look at things with a new perspective. Running can get a little routine, even monotonous at times.  The last week of the year was a good one for me on this front, spent on the island of Oahu with my extended family to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday.  What a great time!  Miss Hawaii showed up and performed a very cool hula dance at the birthday party.

While here I managed several runs, a few with family, and one interval session to the top of Diamondhead four times! Oahu is the home of the HawaiiH.U.R.T. 100, thought to be the toughest 100 mile race in the USA.  One day!....?

Happy new year all!

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Runners!

I hope all of you runners got what you wanted from Santa and are celebrating a great holiday! Don't forget to get you miles in!

December 20, 2010

Running. At Night. In the Rain. With a Cold.

Boy, does it get any wetter than this?  It’s been raining non-stop for 3 days in So Cal!  And they’re calling for rain through Wednesday.  Tonight I went out for a 10 miler and, despite a stubborn chest cold, I felt pretty good.  Even though the weather sucked, rain and wind in my face the whole way, it felt good to just be out there.  It kind of reminded me of a quote by distance runner Dave Bedford, who said “Running is a lot like life.  Only 10% is exciting.  Ninety percent is slog and drudge”.    

Thank you, slog and drudge!

December 14, 2010

Saltwater 5000 - 2010

This year's Saltwater 5000 is now in the history books.  It was another incredible year.  To read about it, click here.

December 8, 2010

40 Top Running Books

I was recently contacted by a website that has put together this list of top running books. I didn't think much of this until I looked at some of the authors on the list....Sheehan, Noakes, Glover, Fitzgerald, Bannister, McDougall, and Burfoot are just a few of the "exhilarating" authors included on this list.  I've read most of these authors and recommend you investigate these reads, whether you're an aspiring young runner or an old dog looking for some new tricks.  Remember, regardless of your age, you're either green and growing, or ripe and rotting.  Reading prevents the latter and promotes the former.