More Virtual

More Virtual

Last week I finished the Ring of Kerry Challenge I discussed in the July 28 post, How virtual challenges are keeping me motivated and saving my sanity. It was 124 miles and I chose to do it all running. Adding walking, biking or swimming miles was allowed, but for this one, I chose just to include running miles.

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More than Virtual: the 2020 Chicago Marathon

More than Virtual: the 2020 Chicago Marathon

Last weekend was Chicago Marathon Weekend. Although not really. There was no Expo at McCormick Place. There was no gear check, no crowds of runners with nervous anticipation along Columbus Drive. There were no start corrals, or music or cheering fans. Another cancelled event. Another reminder that this is a year like no other.

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Do Virtual Races Count? (pandemic week 6)

Do Virtual Races Count? (pandemic week 6)

2020 was supposed to be a big year for me. It’s my 25th year running. I also turn 55 (in 2 weeks!). I planned fun race goals involving “round numbers.” In February I managed to run my 10th marathon before the world changed. Later this year, I planned to run at least two half marathons, bringing that total to 50, and managing similar milestones for the 5 & 10k too (needed two more 10ks to reach 75 and seven 5ks for 125). Everything was on my race schedule!

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14 life lessons learned in 24 years running

14 life lessons learned in 24 years running

This week marks the beginning of my 25th year as a runner. On March 4, 1996 I laced up my shoes for the first time and with really no idea of what I was doing podded through a two mile ring of my apartment building in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Read about that HERE).

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Rethinking Boston

Rethinking Boston

My father grew up in the Bronx, about 10 blocks from Yankee Stadium. He was born almost 100 years ago, so he saw Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig play. He passed the love of baseball – and the Yankees – down to me. We were a family of staunch Yankees fans. Our rivals? The Boston Red Sox. I remember sitting out in the right field stands on Labor Day one year with my dad for a game against Boston where it seemed the entire crowd of 57,000+ was shouting something negative about Boston. I was a little embarrassed since we never cursed in our home – but it was clear from that moment, we (my dad included) really didn’t like Boston!

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