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  1. I've watched it at least 10 times now and forwarded it to friends. I've backed up the video about 15 seconds to watch that guy come around the corner. I love everything about it. The music. The guy standing at the finish line. The timing chip making the computer beep nonstop while he finishes up. But my favorite part is when he loses it 4 feet from the finish line, and then walks it in.
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    Storm Before the Storm

    Well this post is a good start to the writing part. I hope you find your way. (And I'm pleased to see that I'm not the only one who sees nothing wrong with drinking beer in the shower.)
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    Mt Washington run 2018

    Don't be too disappointed. You've accomplished something that required a lot of effort on a very difficult course. Every time a read about this race I think it would be fun to try. And then I drive past Mt. Washington on my way to Maine, and I think, no thanks.
  4. His name is RunRalphEat. Nice race, though. It's hard going from running for fun to running with a goal in mind.
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    Table Rock Trail Challenge

    What a cool format. Nice job on 19 loops! I think I would be a mental wreck by the end, since I'm not a fan of intervals with time recoveries, rather than distance recoveries. Two minutes go by way too fast for my liking.
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    Battle of Short Hill Sprints

    I noticed that, too. There was battle there, too, in February 1777. It has the (un?)fortunate name of the Battle of Spanktown. It was an American victory, so yay for us?
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    Battle of Short Hill Sprints

    Nah. She can be kinda stingy with her baked goods. I feel like, if I were Cornwallis, I would have said, "Love. Fear. Whatever. I just want some bread." And then I would have taken the bread. I'd like to think I would have offered to pay for it, though.
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    Battle of Short Hill Sprints

    I had some hill sprints on tap today, which seems fitting since it's the 241st anniversary of our local Revolutionary battle, the Battle of Short Hills. On June 26, 1777, a sweltering day according to reports, General Howe of the British army attempted to lure George Washington out of his defensive position in the Watchung Mountains, and force a final battle in the American Revolution. Howe was met by the Continental Army under Lord Stirling in a running skirmish that focused on a swampy area about 2 miles from my house. A 1777 map of the area shows the short hill where I did my workout. Prior to the hill sprints, I had a 5-mile run on tap, so I decided to head past Betty Frazee's house and down the road taken by the British army as it marched back to Perth Amboy after failing to catch out General Washington. There are still a few houses on that road that were there in 1777, and the swamp still borders the road in places, but at 5:45 this morning, the only people I saw were runners and bike riders, and they didn't seem to be in a fighting mood.
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    Self-diagnosis: Popliteus Injury

    I'm hearing Hank Hill's voice in a lot of this. Except for the running-related stuff. That's for hippies.
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    Leadville Heavy Half Race Report

    I'd be worried if you WERE'NT sore after that up and down.
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    Thelma & Louise 13.1 RR

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    Ten years down

    Fishawack is a variant spelling of "Passaic" which is the name of the river that runs near the town. The Passaic River is one of the most toxic rivers in the US, so the fish are probably too off-their-heads to realize they're being whacked.
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    Ten years down

    I'm not really a person who takes anything for granted, so ten years ago, when I was a new runner, I would have been skeptical if anyone had told me I'd still be running a decade later. But my t-shirt collection tells me that in 2009, I participated in the Fishawack Run, a 4--well really about 3.97--mile race in Chatham, NJ, that I've run every year since, including this past Saturday, which was the 41st running of this race. This isn't my favorite race. It's in June. It starts at 9:30. It's almost always just on the wrong side of bearable humidity. The first mile and a half is a nearly 200-feet gain in elevation. But I have relatives who live walking distance from the start, and they've had someone in this race every year since probably the early 1990s, so it's a family event that marks a kind of summer kickoff for me. For the first 7 years I ran this, I was chasing PRs and training for other goal races, so my times were always in the 29-32 minute range. In the last two years prior to this year, I was fighting burnout, so my running was a lot more casual, and often without a watch. This meant I would sometimes take long breaks or run once or twice a week. In those years, I finished this race in the 35-minute range. But in February, I hit the NYC Marathon lottery, which meant that I needed to add some structure back to my running. I chose Fishawack as a goal race to help me increase miles and get used to a regular schedule again. It also happened to be run a week before I planned to start my marathon training, so it would be a good transition point and a way for me to see where my fitness is at before training starts. And it worked out well. My approach to this race has always been to try to find the balance between completing the initial climb with enough gas left to speed up through the middle miles before hitting the gift that is the last mile (or .97 mile) back down the hill to the finish. And that's what I did. I passed more often than I was passed. I repassed some people who had passed me earlier. I high-fived many kids standing by the course with their hands out. (That never gets old.) Official time of 31:43 (7:56 pace). My fourth fastest time for this race, and about what I expected to run. I'm knocking out about 25 miles a week, and I feel ready for my next 20 weeks of running. Some random thoughts: I've yet to run a Jersey race where some house along the route hasn't had Born To Run playing through a speaker, because it's Jersey and it's Springsteen and it has "run" in the title. This race had that, too, but hearing it got me thinking that I would like it better if someone kept the Springsteen part but played songs that trolled the runners, like One Step Up or Long Walk Home or My Best Was Never Good Enough. Kind of like the time when I was at a 5k on an unseasonably cold May morning and the local high school jazz band played Let It Snow. I met Bangle's evil twin after the race. (Bangle's words. Not mine.) He's fast like his brother. This race is an informal reunion for some of the local cross country runners past and present, so it can be competitive for such a small field (231 runners). Winning time this year was 19:58. The fastest time of the 10 races I've run here. This race is part of Chatham's annual Fishawack Festival, and the last two years, a food court has been set up in the parking lot where the start/finish line is. I can confirm that soft tacos and churros are a fine post-race meal.
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    Keep Showing Up. Or Not.

    Marathons are weird. But I'm jealous of that course. It's beautiful.