They were just spilling off the shelf in my closet.  The pile I had created had grown over the years to the point a maximum carrying capacity was exceeded.  Something had to change. First I sat down and counted each of them (you don’t want to know how many!).  Each carried a flood of memories that came rushing back to [...]

16 months and counting.  5 races in 2016 with more planned for 2017.  Why is this a big deal?  Here is why; prior to October 2015 I was on a roller coaster of injuries and illness that took its toll.  “Give it up” was what I was hearing.  So I took 5 months off.  Then the bug bit again and [...]

I knew it 7 miles into a 25 mile trail race I ran the summer of 2016.  Way too early in a grueling non supported (no aid stations) trail race run mostly above 9500’ elevation.  My legs just didn’t have any snap to them.  Over the next 18 miles I had plenty of time to review why my legs were [...]

Time for a full public confession.  I have been using a supplement.  Probably doesn’t fall onto the list of “banned substances” by either the USA Olympic Committee or the IAAF.  But using a supplement to aid in my running performance and health is a new tool in my arsenal!  Call me a skeptic. Call me what you want but the [...]

He has made the greatest contributions to long distance training and racing in history.  Period.  His training practices and theories have produced numerous Olympic medals beginning with the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  50 years later his training theories continue their impact amongst coaches from youth to professional ranks.  His promotion of cross country and marathon based training found [...]

  It was such a surreal evening.  Sitting trackside with fast company. 38 years had gone by quickly.  Seems like just yesterday we were teammates not spectators.  But time gives no special interest to 3 former high school tracksters.  May 4, 2015, 5:00 PM and the start of the 59th Brookhart – Crew Relays begins as any other track meet.  [...]

The 4 x 1 mile repeats were clicking off with precision. Guess it helps to run this workout in Track Town, USA on the Adidas Trail.  As much fun as this workout was the nagging pain in my right hip was commanding additional attention with each step.  The cool down back to the motel was not fun.  In fact hard [...]

I once heard a cross country coach state that “form doesn’t matter, it’s all about conditioning” in response to a question from a parent concerned about his son’s awkward looking running form. The truth is, your running form does matter, both from a performance and injury prevention perspective. One of the discriminating factors between distance runners is their level of [...]