crazy marathoner

August 15, 2014

How to Choose Your Fall Marathon

How to Choose A Fall Marathon

My good friend Adam recently chose Detroit Marathon as his big fall race. Unlike me, Adam is pretty serious about training for a fast time, and he usually does one all-out effort per season. I, on the other hand, and more likely to do half a dozen races per season, but just “for fun” and not as races. Let’s face it, running in a marathon is a great excuse to go see a new place 🙂  I know that most people do not take the crazy approach I do to running marathons. But, the good news is that having done so …

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November 8, 2013

Race Report: ING New York City Marathon (Part 1)

I didn’t sleep well the night before the race, waking up multiple times throughout the night. When my alarm finally went off, I didn’t feel my best – and that was compounded by the fact that my upper back/neck was super tight. Clearly I had been stressing out a lot more than I thought if it was enough to aggravate my old muscle injury! Fortunately, one night of stressing wasn’t enough to put me into agonizing pain, and I was able to do some stretching and self-massage in order to ease it and be good to go. Even better, I …

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November 3, 2013

Thank You!

Today was one of the most magical days of my life, and it’s mostly due to all my incredible friends and family who supported me on such a beautiful day. Of course a full race report is to come, but the short version is my legs are fine (“after all, they are mine” / I actually didn’t listen to any Fun during the race; just the fun of the spectators!) while my face is insanely sore from smiling so hard all day. I can’t possibly name all of the wonderful people who encouraged me, but know that your cheers, calls, …

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October 31, 2013

99 Marathons in Review: One by One

99 Marathons, Friends-style

One question I get asked a lot is whether I get sick of running marathons. There was definitely a time when I did get sick of running marathons – mostly in 2009 when I went through a period of depression and was forcing myself to keep doing marathons just to meet my goal. But every single marathon I’ve done has been special, and every time I cross the finish line, it is honestly just as magical as that very first time. When I got to mile 24 of the Niagara Falls Marathon this weekend, I actually started tearing up because …

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October 21, 2013

How to Run Two Marathons in Six Weeks

There’s been a lot of great weather for racing lately – Chicago was held on a near perfect day (where the winner was less than a minute from the marathon world record!), and I also just ran the Hartford Marathon that weekend which was similarly lovely. However, sometimes even when the weather is perfect, it’s just not your day… and you want to run another race. (Or, maybe you had so much fun you can’t wait to do it again!) I ran my second marathon six weeks after my first marathon (and my third one week after that!), and since I …

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