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Has it really been six years on SparkPeople?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018      10 comments

How did that happen? I joined the SparkPeople community just over six years ago, in April 2012. We had just had our fourth child and my wife was looking to drop weight post-partum. She joined weight watchers and was successful with that... Read more
Race Report – Bear Mountain, NY trail 50k
Tuesday, May 08, 2018      15 comments

I ran the North Face Endurance Race series 50k at Bear Mountain this past weekend. I have run in the marathon relay once and in the half marathon twice. I have wanted to run one of the longer distances for a while now and this year was the yea... Read more
Race Report - 4th of July 5 miler
Friday, July 07, 2017      10 comments

My wife's hometown has a 4th of July 5 mile running race every year. It is in Bay Village, a suburb of Cleveland. The course is flat and fast and is often used as a tune up for high school cross country teams. I did not get to run in it last ... Read more
Race Report: North Face Challenge Half, Bear Mountain, NY
Friday, June 02, 2017      12 comments

I ran the Bear Mountain trail half marathon 2 weeks ago and had not gotten around to writing about it yet. North Face has a series of trail races and Bear Mountain is just down the road from me so it is local and convenient. They offer a range... Read more
Marine Corps Marathon (Forward) race report
Monday, November 07, 2016      12 comments

On 28 Oct, I successfully completed the Marine Corps Marathon (forward) in Kabul. I have completed three marathons now, after running in Lincoln, NE in 2008, I thought I was done with them (but I guess I wasn’t!). I learned that we were ha... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Century on a spin bike
Monday, August 22, 2016      94 comments

The spin studio at the US embassy has morning and evening classes most days and once a month offers a group century ride. I have been going to class a few times a week, which has been great cross training from my primary running training. I si... Read more
Peachtree shadow 10k race report
Friday, July 15, 2016      8 comments

On Friday, 15 July, in Kabul Afghanistan we held our shadow Peachtree road race 10k. I have heard of the real Peachtree road race, but never had the opportunity to run in it. We are usually in Cleveland around the 4th of July and run in a loca... Read more
Wednesday, March 02, 2016      11 comments

What works for your incentive? What helps you strive to meet your goals? Last summer, a knee injury sidelined me and I let the injury sap some of my motivation, focus, and incentive. I was still exercising and logging, but I was also wa... Read more
recovery and the new normal
Saturday, October 17, 2015      15 comments

Back in July, I had an x-ray and an MRI that showed a partially torn meniscus in my knee. I had it checked out when, during a run I had felt sharp pain in my knee when going up and down a steep section of the run. Between initially noticing th... Read more
4th of July 5-mile race report and mid year progress check
Monday, July 06, 2015      8 comments

My wife’s home town of Bay Village, OH (suburb of Cleveland on Lake Erie) hosts a 4th of July 5-mile road race. It is a flat course and is normally a fast crowd. Many of the local high school teams use the race as a warm up for their cross cou... Read more
Sticks and stones
Thursday, April 23, 2015      14 comments

Kids all know the rhyme that "sticks and stones may break my bones bones, but words can never hurt me." They may say that, but as INXS sang in their song Devil Inside, "words are weapons, sharper than knives..." I recently heard that a d... Read more
Semi annual fitness test
Wednesday, April 22, 2015      14 comments

I had my semi annual fitness test today. It consists of 2 minutes of push-ups, 2 minutes of sit-ups and a 2 mile run. I did 66 push-ups and 72 sit ups, enough to get maximum points for my age group. For the run, it has been a long winter and ... Read more
Race Report - West Point NY half marathon
Monday, March 30, 2015      15 comments

On Sunday, I ran in the West Point, NY half marathon, which is my first half marathon in about 10 years. I probably have done about 6 or so, I think my PR is about 1:42. This one comes up at the end of March, which is a tough time here (Winter... Read more
Positive transformation
Sunday, March 01, 2015      19 comments

We have a guy who runs our IM sports program. I have known him off and on for about ten years. During that time, he was over weight and getting bigger. His office is in a really nice fitness center and he works with our department of physical... Read more
Soup and bread day
Sunday, November 23, 2014      11 comments

A crisp fall day, a great day to make French bread and split pea soup! Also, a lot of fall and pre winter chores such as stowing the boat stuff, getting out the ski... Read more

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