Erie Marathon – Race Recap

The Erie Mararthon is an experience I'll never forget.Presque Isle State Park is beautiful. The course was even flatter than advertised (only 68 feet total elevation gain!), and the weather was perfect for a marathon--50's and just 4 mph wind. No idea how...

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Run Happy

The Erie Marathon is just a few days away. All my training is done. And all my training has been done in the Texas heat!  Current forecast is for 50° F on race day. I have no recollection of what that feels like and no idea how fast I'll be able to run when it's...

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God-focused Training

Here's an article I wrote for Tri4Him on how to maintain focus on God while training:http://tri4him.com/blog/2014/08/07/god-focused-training-tips-tricks/Honored that they published it. ...

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Effort, Not Outcome

While I believe in their importance and usually enjoy them, tempo runs (at or slightly faster than goal marathon pace) have recently been a source of frustration.  It's been difficult to accept that between the heat and my loss of fitness, I simply can't yet hit...

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The Things That Keep Us Going

Patience. Endurance. Long suffering. These words are often used together in scripture, sometimes interchangeably. If you're a distance runner, you understand why. You also understand the importance of breaking things down. Running the mile you're in. And the...

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Rainbows and Unicorns

One of the best things about running with God is those moments when He shows up in a way that is so unmistakably...Him.On one of my runs this week, I got to run through a set of sprinklers. If you have ever run in the heat of the summer in Texas, you know that this...

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Boston 2016

I want to run Boston.  And I want to run it in 2016. Don't get me wrong.  I would love to run in 2015, and Erie would be a great course to qualify on.  But my training data shows that I'm nowhere near where I was a year ago.  With the...

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Rest Makes You Faster

Rest makes you faster. So says a friend whose running advice I've come to trust. Rest gives the body time to heal and repair itself, making adaptations that will improve future performance.  It also provides a mental break to reflect and re-evaluate...

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That’s How We Roll

I believe in foam rolling. Experience has taught me that it makes a difference, and as a result, I have begun a small collection. Each of these torture devices has its own purpose. The standard roller. Travel size. The spiky one (rumble roller) for when you...

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Heart Change

After more than seven months since the injury, I'm happy to report I am finally back to running double digits, which I suppose is enough to qualify as "long slow distance" (emphasis on the SLOW).They say long slow distance running is key for stimulating development of...

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