It was around mile five when I let it fully sink in that I was walking in the middle of one of the most iconic roads in America. Movies like Casino, Leaving Las Vegas, the Oceans 11 franchise and on and on. A road whose pavement was tread by people from all over the planet, celebrities of every ilk.Read More
The elderly driver handed me a paper and said, “Here’s the address.” And so began my rediscovery that no good deed goes unpunished.Read More
After taking a break from just about everything this summer, I kicked off my return to half-marathons in the perfect Southern California setting—Huntington Beach.Read More
On May 19th, eight students from my small high school joined me on a Saturday morning to run, jog or walk the community around our school as part as World Vision's Global 6k. None of the students had previously participated in a race.Read More
Some races are about my time or my mood. This race was about being part of the larger race community.Read More
"You got this!" This is the most often spoken encouragement. I love it for it's simplicity and wide applicability. It doesn't matter if you are walking, jogging or running your heart out. Doesn't matter if you are at the front of the pack or at the back. "You got this" warms the marathoner's soul whether it is heard once or hundreds of times in a race.Read More
My GPS had me exit early. I trusted. Then, when it suggested heading what seemed much further north than necessary, I got anxious and turned around.Read More
Around mile five you'll experience the impulse to slow down and finish whenever you finish. And you'll choose to keep your pace. At mile ten, neophytes question whether they have it in them to go the distance. And they'll cross the finish line.Read More
After completing my twentieth half marathon, I've learned how to find the best races for walkers. While the number of half-marathoners choosing to walk their race continues to increase, not every race is “walker-friendly.” Here are the top seven race features to consider when choosing your first or next half-marathon.Read More
With 15 half-marathons behind me, all I do is watch out for the "challenging" races. My attitude for everything else: "How hard can it be?" Arrogance was the only extra training I brought to the Valley of the Flowers race.Read More
Donna and I completed our 2nd Santa Rosa half marathon last Sunday. We were outpaced by 80-year-old Daryl B. who has logged over 340,000 race miles over 63 years of completing full and half marathons.Read More
I'm very fortunate. Blessed, really. I landed on the curled end of a wrought iron planter stand. It punctured the bottom of my heel and, with the force of me dropping down onto it, curled it's way through the flesh and out through a hole it created just beneath my ankle bone.
Given the infinite possibilities on how I landed, I certainly would have preferred to have zero injury. Nonetheless, my podiatrist literally dropped his jaw after inspecting the injury and determining I cleared bone by 1 cm and my foot's tendon by 1 mm. At most, I'm a few weeks off from training. Given the infinite possibilities of puncturing my foot in two places, I consider myself blessed.Read More
"If it was easy, everyone would do it," said the officer as I turned a corner in mile four. The runners passed him thirty minutes earlier. The joggers were long gone, too. Walkers, like myself, were making a slow and steady, step by step trod through the inaugural Tustin Hangar Half Marathon.
His words were meant as sincere encouragement to folks he presumed could use themand I received them as intended, "That's very kind of you." There was no way for him to know I was delighted, joyful and empowered by my paceRead More