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Baseline Track Meet and Grindstone Trail

One way to establish a baseline for racing performance is to train little and prepare poorly for a particular event.  That is the way I approached Indoor Ultimate Runner, a meet that I wanted to compete in the moment I … Continue reading

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Travel, Race, and Bust

I have not written lately, but thoughts of blog entries go through my mind sometimes when I am running.  I might have written about foot strike, especially on uneven terrain; running with others; indoor nationals (which I did not attend); … Continue reading

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As I Lay Dreaming

I have not written lately, but not for lack of things running through my mind. Indeed, writing about running, paddling, or nature seems unimportant most of the time. That’s not to say that those things are unimportant. I decided to … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Motivation and Its Corruption

Does competing in races detract from the experience of running trails in the woods?  It’s not that I don’t have fun racing.  I really do enjoy racing, although I don’t know why. Additionally, I enjoy running paces to prepare for … Continue reading

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Runs With Medoc

Some races are just plain fun. I had a road trip to Medoc Trail Races last weekend, where the trails are excellent, the race directors have a great sense of humor, and a legend roams the woods. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Harvest Time

Race days beat work days any day.  I ran a five mile trail race the other day–same race as last year, a trail/gravel road/grass race at Shaker Village near Harrodsburg, Kentucky (see my post “Medoc or Bust:  Ramblings of a … Continue reading

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A Certain Relief

With racing, there tends to be a certain relief in having finished, having gotten past any anxiety about running and wondering who else will be in the race.  I knew that I would not be ready to run well with … Continue reading

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