Top 5 Books on Running

I love to read a good story, especially if it’s about running.  Unfortunately, there aren’t many reads on running and even fewer really good ones.  Here is a short list of books I thoroughly enjoyed reading. 1.  Run or Die, Kilian Journet (translated to English from Correr o Morir) – This book tops my list…

Race Report: The Acidotic Racing Bear Brook Trail Marathon

If you’re in New England and looking for a rugged, scenic and challenging trail marathon, then the Acidotic Racing Bear Brook Trail Marathon is for you! 2013 marked the second running of this single-loop trail race and the conditions could not have been better.  One word of warning (and you will find that if you…

Race Report: Pineland Trail Running Festival 50k

I have never seen so much mud. The deluge that fell on New England in the days leading up to the Pineland Trail Running Festival 50k, held May 26 in New Glouster, ME, made for a soggy course.  Combine that with seven different foot races, all held on the same course over a two-day period,…

Boston or Baghdad? The tragedy at the marathon

This year was my first time watching the Boston Marathon in person and it started so beautifully.  At mile 23 in Brighton, the sun was shining, runners were smiling (well more like grimacing, but close enough) and no one could be the wiser for what would transpire just five kilometers down the road. It was exhilarating to…

2012 in review

2012 was about pushing myself into new territory, physically and mentally.  I ran faster, trained harder and pushed further than ever before. What do I have to show for it?  A water bottle, a couple finishers medals and a black toenail.  Not much and I’m OK with that. This year I learned that I run for me.…

First cross country ski of the season

It finally snowed!  After a snowless 2011-2012 winter (not counting “Snowtober“), the powdery white stuff has covered the ground enough to start cross country skiing. I am new to this sport, but am excited to learn and improve my form.  Tonight, using loaner skis and boots, I went out and tracked around Derryfield Park here in Manchester,…