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Weekly Running Thoughts

The fall road racing season is in full effect. This past weekend, we had a few very big races.

Chicago Marathon
Tsegaye Kebede dropped the field with one mile remaining to run an impressive 2:04:38 to win the Chicago Marathon. American Dathan Ritzenhein ran a strong PR of 2:07:47 to finish 9th. Even more impressive his second half of the race which was pretty much an even split. His 2:07:47 makes him the third fastest American ever behind Ryan Hall and Khalid Khannouchi.

Twin Cities Marathon
An impressive array of men and women showed up for the US 10 mile championship (including current and former Olympians Abdi Abdirahman, Alan Webb, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, Kara Goucher, and Julie Culley). The men’s race was won by Mo Trafeh in a time of 46:45 while Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcom overcame Kara Goucher to win in 53:43. Jeannette Faber of Portland, OR won the women’s marathon in 2:32:38 while Christopher Kipyego won the men’s race in 2:14:55. The most interesting read from the weekend, though, was a story about Phil Coppess – who still owns the TC Marathon record despite having kids and working a full-time job.

Cross Country
The Perham Yellowjackets boys are now ranked #50 in XC Nations Top 50 cross country teams in the nation and #4 in the small schools (which seems like a mistake as they have consistently run faster than all of the three teams ranked above them). The boys and girls continue their season with the conference championships in Perham today. The boys are going for their 11th consecutive conference title and the girls are aiming for their 9th straight.

As for my own running, I’m coming off a month-long bout of some foot soreness. I was convinced it was tendinitis or possibly plantar fascitis or a dreaded stress fracture. The downside is with life in general being busy in combination with a sore foot, I haven’t gotten in quite the speedwork I would like to get in before my big Fargo Half Marathon in two weeks. The foot is still tender, but I’ve managed to get my long runs in (which are going increasingly well) and I’ve managed to stay relatively consistent with my weekly mileage (between 35-50 mpw over the last month which a majority between 45-50). I’ve got a big VO2 workout on Wednesday and a long run this weekend, but then it should be smooth sailing. I’m really hoping in two weeks, I’ll break my half marathon PR, but it’s going to come down to the weather cooperating (I’m more worried about wind than temperature) and whether or not I have the guts to suck up those last few painful miles. Overall, the last three months of training have been as good or better than just about any cycle I’ve ever had, so here’s to hoping for a big race!

To those of you who just completed a marathon in Chicago and Twin Cities, congratulations and take some well deserved time off!

The Long Green Line

Joe Newton is to high school cross country as Bob Hurley is to high school basketball. As the coach of a suburban school in a large metro region, he’s been there forever and, in the words of DJ Khaled, all he does is win.

As the 2008 documentary about his York (IL) cross country team The Long Green Line shows, though, Coach Newton cares much more about winning. As he shows many times throughout the documentary, he has the intensity and fire of Bobby Hurley combined with the love and compassion of Dick Vermeil. The Long Green Line follows Joe Newton and the York cross country team during the 2005 season as they attempt to win the school (and Newton’s) 25th state title.

The stars of the movie aren’t necessarily the top 7 (out of 221) boys on the team who wind up runner at the state meet. In fact, John Fisher (an autistic kid with a lot of love for his cross country team) and Connor Chadwick (one of the slowest kids on the team who suffers from cerebral palsy) are as important to both the team and the movie as the fastest kids.

In the middle of the season, Coach Newton kicks off one of his top 7 runners. Shortly thereafter, two of his top 7 runners are arrested (and, of course, kicked off the team) for causing millions of dollars in damage in a starting a house fire the past summer. His top two runners, twins Matt & Eric Dettman, contract a viral infection late in the season and are running nowhere near their best.

The movie has everything you want from a documentary. A great central character, an interesting storyline, and an unforeseen plot twist make this story worth watching for sports fans. Created by first-time director (and former York student) Matthew Arnold at times looks really professional, but has a few sequences that look rather shaky and/or amateurish. Given the lack of budget and lack of experience, it’s probably to be expected (I, for one, have made a movie on a low budget that at times looks less than ideal). As a whole, though, he’s done a fantastic job of conveying an interesting story about a legendary coach.

7.5

out of 10

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Running Links

  • The Fargo Forum had a feature on the Perham boys XC team. They emphasized we’ve got three of the top three runners in the state, but I felt like they missed a boat a little bit by forgetting to mention we’ve got the fastest #4-7 runners in the state along with a handful of JV guys who, given the new rules for state qualifying, would make it to state as individuals if the rules allowed it. Plus, no mention of the girls team that’s far improved from last year.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love it that our kids are getting all of the attention they deserve, but it just bugs me a little bit when news comes out and does sort of a vanilla story when I think they could’ve done something unique and different rather than just kind of another color-by-the-numbers story that seem to be the norm in the understaffed newsrooms of newspapers these days.

  • Speaking of Perham runners, check out the debut episode of NYRR’s “On the Run” podcast. The NYRR has done a tremendous job promoting our sport, but I really appreciate that they approached this podcast the right way with some really good production values. I love seeing this kind of stuff and hope to see much more in the future. Check out the first episode below featuring Perham’s very own Gabriel Anderson:

  • Former Team Minnesota runner (and seemingly good guy) Matt Gabrielson has decided to retire from competitive racing. Seems like he’s taking the easy way out. I, for one, have taken a solemn vow that no matter how hard I train, I will never be competitive when it comes to racing.
  • Apparently, when the report comes out on Lance Armstrong, it is going to be quite damning.
  • On a recent run with our cross country kids, I was telling them a story about how I fell on a run this summer and bloodied myself up on the bike path. I was feeling really tough until I read some of Deadspin’s terrible events involving joggers.
  • ESPN’s 30-for-30 Series starts up again soon. Unknowingly, I watched “The Race That Shocked the World” before the Olympics which is a shorter version of 9.79* by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon. It premieres on ESPN on October 9th. If the BBC version is any indication (and I don’t know why it wouldn’t be), this documentary is going to be fantastic.
  • Cool news – this year’s NYC Marathon on November 4th is going to get more television coverage than any non-Olympic/Trials race I can ever recall.

My Upcoming Half Marathon Training Schedule


Right around this time last year (October 1st), I recommitted myself to become a runner. For the past 3-4 years, I’d have patches of consistent running, but since I last ran a few PRs in 2008, I’d largely just gained weight and complained that my training stunk. Granted, there were quite a few reasons as to why my training stunk. Becoming a dad for the first time obviously stands out at the top of the list. Growing responsibilities with work and coaching. That movie I spent over 400 hours making (along with hundreds of cans of Mountain Dew I drank in the process) didn’t do anything to help me become a better running. Being a husband and trying to do project around the house. These aren’t excuses. They are the reality. To be completely honest, I’m quite comfortable with that reality. I love being a dad/husband and I’m really proud of what I did with “For Three.”

The whole time, though, in the back of my mind, I was searching for a little more balance. I wanted to see if I could back to (or at least close to) my peak level of running from a few years ago. So, I committed to myself that I was going to try to be more consistent in my running. And I have been much more consistent. Other than a vacation last November and a rough 6 weeks around playoff/state basketball last year, I’ve been much more consistent with my weekly mileage. As a result, I’ve returned to a level of running that I’m at least comfortable with. Gone are the races where I’m struggling to run within 2 minutes per mile of my best.

Three weeks apart, I ran my fastest half since 2008 in Park Rapids only to follow that up with a race that was 30 seconds faster at the Dick Beardsley Half Marathon.

Since Beardsley, I’ve had another couple good weeks of training. I’ve got four weeks of really getting after it for the upcoming Fargo Mini Marathon before likely backing off the miles a little bit to more like 35-40 miles per week that I hope to maintain through February/March before hopefully ramping it back up a little once again.

My goal is to run under my current half marathon PR of 1:31:07. If you are scoring at home, that means I’ve got to run under 6:57 per mile. It adds up to 24 seconds faster every mile than I ran the Dick Beardsley Half Marathon. In actuality, though, I predict that unless there is some real crazy wind (always a possibility), the Fargo Half Marathon course will run about 2-1/2 minutes faster than the hills of Detroit Lakes meaning my equivalent effort has to be about 13 seconds faster per mile. It’s considerably tougher, but I’m hoping this training schedule along with all of the cumulative miles I’ve already put in over the last year will lead me there.

September 24
M – 6 miles
T – VO2 max workout – 4 x 1 mile at 6:07, 6:04, 6:00, 5:56 – 8 miles total
W – 4 miles AM / 4 miles PM
T – 4 miles
F – AM Threshold Workout – 4 x 1 mile at 6:52 w/ 1 minute rest- 8 miles total
S – 12 miles long run
S – 6 miles
Total – 52 miles

October 1
M – Tempo Run – 8 miles w/ 4 miles around 6:40 pace
T – 6 miles
W – 10 miles medium long
T – 5 miles
F – 6 miles
S – 4 miles
S – 14 miles long run
Total – 53 miles

October 8
M – 6 miles
T – 6 miles
W – VO2 max workout – 8 miles total
T – 8 miles
F – Rest
S – 6 miles
S – 16 mile long run
Total – 50 miles

October 15
M – Rest
T – Threshold Workout – 4 x 1 mile at 6:44 w/ 1 minute rest – 8 miles total
W – 8 miles
T – 6 miles
F – 4 miles
S – Fargo Mini Marathon
S – 6 miles
Total – 47 miles

Skratch Labs Review – Better Than Gatorade

Noticing that drinking water alone wasn’t enough to replace lost carbohydrates and electrolytes, researchers from the University of Florida invented Gatorade (hence the “Gator”) in 1965. Gatorade has since been purchased by Pepsi and become a behemoth in the sports drink industry. I think it’s fair to say Gatorade is to Nike as all of the other sports drinks are to Powerade, All Sport, Vitamin Water, etc.

Having been big into running for nearly 10 years now, I’ve consumed my fair share of sports drinks, gels, and other nutritional items trying to find the perfect mix. My problem with most gels is simply they taste terrible and have a tough to swallow texture. I’ve struggled finding a drink mixture I’ve liked. Some of them, such as Powerade Zero and G2 lack the calories I need while I’m running. Others, like Powerade and All Sport seem to have too much sugar.

By the lack of a default better option, I wind up drinking a lot of Gatorade. I’ve found if I’m going on a short run, it does the trick in getting my hydrated before/during/after. However, if I’ve got to cover any sort of distance over about an hour, I wind up with the dreaded “gut rot.” Any runner can tell you about gut rot. It’s that queasy feeling in your stomach caused by too much sugar consumed too quickly. The simple fix, which elite runners have been doing for years, is to drink a mixture of half water and half Gatorade. It solves the problem of gut rot, but you are also diluting the electrolytes so you only get half of what you’d normally get.

Enter Skratch Labs. Initially called “Secret Drink Mix,” Skratch Labs was founded by Allen Lim to help bicyclists for the Tour de France. He came up with a recipe that contains less sugar, more sodium and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Instead, it is flavored using real fruits (oranges, lemons & limes, raspberries, pineapples).

I initially was introduced to Skratch Labs at the Fishhook Challenge half marathon I ran last month. Since the half marathon, I’ve purchased 2 pounds of Skratch Labs raspberry and orange sports mix in hopes of using it on my long runs.

My simple review on Skratch Labs is that it tastes fantastic and seems to make me feel better than any other drink/gel I’ve ever had. The taste isn’t nearly as strong as Gatorade or other sports drinks. I would best describe the taste as 80% water with a hint of flavor much akin to throwing a lemon slice into a glass of ice water. It’s not overpowering, but it’s noticeable. I’ve done four long runs since getting Skratch Labs and have yet to experience any gut rot I’ve become so familiar with. It allows me to drink a little more water on my runs without fear of having to deal with unpleasant stomach feelings for mile after mile.

The current downside with Skratch Labs is it’s expensive and difficult to find. All of the dealers located on their website are located quite a ways from me, so I was forced to buy it online. I couldn’t find any place that offered free shipping, so I tried to buy a little in bulk. As expensive as it is, I’ve found I don’t use it everyday (as I’d like) but rather just for my long runs. The rumor is they are also working on a bar to enter the ClifBar/Powerbar market as well.

If you are a runner (or bicycling) who struggles with gut rot, I recommend giving Skratch Labs a try. I really hope this stuff gains a little steam and becomes more readily available. The bottom line, based on my experience, is Skratch Labs is better than Gatorade or any other drink/gel/nutritional supplement out on the market.

Running links

Paul Ryan Marathon… Don’t Be “That” Guy

About a month ago, Mitt Romney announced (through his “Mitt’s VP” app) that Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his official VP candidate. In the immediate aftermath, stories about his family history of heart attacks and his daily devotion to P90X surfaced. Personally, the entire collection of interest around the election does very little for me because I already know who I’m going to vote for (hint: it’s not the guy with hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore accounts).

As much as I’ve been trying to avoid the increasingly obnoxious political ads and stories, one story recently came out that caught my interest. In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan claimed he’d run a marathon in the 2:50-ish range. As you’ve probably heard, it’s since come out that he not only hasn’t run under 3 hrs… the Paul Ryan marathon record isn’t even under 4 hrs.

Does this little lie make him any less competent at running a country? I doubt it. You could make the argument that it proves he’s a liar, but I assume the amount of people who aren’t liars in Washington is a similar ratio to the amount of soon-to-be-mothers in the delivery room who are virgins.

More importantly, I’ve learned that Paul Ryan is “that guy.” You know that guy… he’s the guy who shot a 78 on the golf course even though you saw him take two mulligans, hit two balls in the water and another out of bounds without counting a penalty, and take any put inside of six feet as a gimme. He’s the guy who claims he caught a near world record walleye, but his camera was out of battery so he couldn’t get a picture. He’s the guy who claims he was the starter on the 2nd best basketball team in the state even though he averaged 1.4 points and never played (oh wait… that’s Skip Bayless).

As a rule, almost all runner’s who consider themselves at the very least semi-competitive lie. The lie that the runner tells themselves, though, is what time they “could have” run. I’ve heard countless professional runners say they are (fill in the blank time) shape only to go out and run a time that is slower than (fill in the blank time). I’ve done it myself. When I ran my half-marathon PR of 1:31:07 in 2008, I absolutely believe I was in shape to run in the mid-to-high 1:20s. You cannot tell me otherwise. In my opinion, I had a bad race, but it still was a PR because I was in such good shape. There have been other times, such as this past winter, where I felt I was in great shape (possibly PR shape) but just didn’t have any races to run fast being the middle of winter in Minnesota and all.

To me, it’s one thing to convince yourself you are able to achieve things that you haven’t. It’s the reason every professional athlete who’s sitting on a bench is convinced they could do a more than adequate job if given a chance as a starter. It’s the reason that Denard Robinson and Chris Johnson think they could beat Usain Bolt. Self belief is something that is deeply embedded into every semi-competitive athlete. On some levels, it makes sense. If you have a goal of running under 3 hrs, but don’t truly believe you’ll ever be able to do it, why bother even trying?

Which brings us back to Paul Ryan. One thing that I love about running is that it is one of the only sports that is completely objective. There are subjective little elements (aka – the stuff I love to complain about… incorrectly measured courses, wind, temperature, topography, quality of the field, etc) that can change a result by a very small percentage. By and large, though, you are your time. You aren’t a sub 3-hr marathon runner until you run 2:59:59 or under. I’ve run under 18-minutes in a 5k on my treadmill, but time and time again, I’ve run bad 5k race after bad 5k race. If someone were to ask me my 5k PR, I’d reluctantly have to tell them 20:07. I’d then follow up with a million and a half reasons why it should be faster and I’d obviously include my treadmill PR. But the fact of the matter, as a runner, is I’m forced to lead with my real time. Any way you split it, as a runner, your time is your time. The 14:45 5k PR is more impressive than the 15:15 PR which is more impressive than the 16:00 PR and so on and so forth. Unlike other sports, running is a sport where you can’t fake it. You earn respect by running faster and faster times. The reason the running community is so upset about by the fake Paul Ryan marathon claim that he ran a 2:50-ish marathon because he is trying to place himself in a position and gain respect for which he has not earned and does not deserved.

Going back to the golf example, I can’t claim I once shot a 63 (omitting that it was Par 56 executive course) or claiming I once shot 2 under par for 18 holes (did I forget to mention that it was mini golf?) If I did that, I’d be labeled a liar and a creep. Paul Ryan has been getting a lot of guff lately, especially within the political and running communities, for his lie. As a mediocre runner who has worked very hard for all of my (admittedly) mediocre PR’s, I can’t help but feel he deserves all the criticism he is receiving right now. The one positive that has come out of this for me, though, thanks to the hilarious Paul Ryan marathon calculator, I’ve learned that I can “claim” my Paul Ryan marathon adjusted PR is 2:29. Ladies and gentlemen, after 10 years of mediocre running, I’m on the cusp of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials marathon!

Race Report – Dick Beardsley Half Marathon

Dick Beardsley Half Marathon

According my running logs, the 2012 version of the Dick Beardsley half marathon will be the 7th time I’ve run this race. Twice (2006 & 2007) was with my wife and dad, so it’ll be the 5th time I’ve actually run it solo. I’ve run 10-12 miles (around the lake in Detroit Lakes, MN) an uncountable amount of times. Yet, I’ve never actually run this race well. My race PR coming in is 1:40:25

Mile 1 – 7:07 – Was hoping to go out close to the same pace that I went out at the Fishhook Challenge (7:00). Had a panic moment when I hit play on my iPod and the volume started immediately going down to mute. I’ve had this problem before and had to have my Nano replaced. BTW – I love me some Apple products, but I’m 100% convinced that the current version of the iPod Nano is the single worse product they’ve ever released. My wife and I both got them for Christmas (9 months ago) and have both already had to send them back multiple times. Can’t wait to get my money back on this thing in the inevitable class action lawsuit in a few years…

Mile 2 – 7:30 – Some hills in this mile, but was hoping to be closer to 7:00. Oops.

Mile 3 – 6:50 – That’s more like it. Feeling really good and I’m passing a group of about 5 runners.

Mile 4 – 7:00 – Running well… my goal for the race is to run somewhere around 1:34 which is 7:10 per mile. Right now, I’m sitting at 13 seconds (total) quicker than 7:10 pace. My goal is to hit 10 miles as much as possible under 7:10 pace because I know I’m likely to slow a little bit.

Mile 5 – 6:48 – Best mile of the race. Feeling incredibly strong like I can run this pace for a long time. Unfortunately…

Mile 6 – 7:20 – I know that the big hills are coming up. The first five miles of this race are relatively flat and the last 8 miles are continual rolling hills.

Mile 7 – 7:09 – Feeling really good because I’m over a minute ahead of goal pace. Saw my wife and daughter for the first time. It’s always a big boost seeing your family cheer you on.

Mile 8 – 7:30 – Still over a minute ahead of pace, but I’m definitely feeling the hills taking their toll on my legs. I just don’t have that same pop in my legs that I had a few miles ago. They don’t feel as bad as when I’m at the end of a long run when I’m completely out of shape, but I just can’t turn them over as easily as I’d like.

Mile 9 – 7:27 – Starting to come to terms with the fact that I’m not gonna be breaking 1:33-1:34. Goal now is just to keep it in the 1:35s which I know is going to be tough. My least favorite miles of this course (which I’ve probably run over 100 times) are the next three coming up.

Mile 10 – 7:49 – Total time is 1:12:35. For some reason, I’m obsessed with a 70-minute 10 mile split (exactly 7:00 pace). I’ve broken it twice in my life (both times in 2008). To me, it’s the benchmark two what kind of shape I’m in. Needless to say, the goal is to be under 1:10 at the 10-mile mark in 6 weeks when I run another half.

Mile 11 – 7:34 – Hills! Wind!

Mile 12 – 7:58 – …and my legs are officially dead. My breathing is just fine, but these two dead legs just aren’t doing the job in projecting my body forward.

Mile 13 – 7:37 – I’m really pushing myself as hard as I can. Closed a little slower than I did in Park Rapids, but at this point, I’m pretty sure my time is going to be a shade better than my last race (on a much tougher course).

Last 0.1 – 0:36 – Felt really good about my kick. There were no runners in front of me to catch, but apparently some guy was only a few seconds back of me (according to results… I never saw him).

Finish time: 1:36:23 – Exactly 30 seconds faster than my race three weeks ago, but on a tougher course. I feel good (enough) about this one. I was hoping to go somewhere between 1:33-1:35, but the hills and wind really took it out of me. I’ve got six weeks between now and my next half marathon, so I’m really hoping I’ve got another big drop in me. Ideally, I’d really like to run a 1:29:xx and break my all-time half marathon PR, but I don’t know how realistic that is at this point. Anything faster than today will be a positive move forward. At the very least, I’m moving forward and not backward.

Weekly Running Links: What’s Happened Since the Olympics

Every few weeks, I’m going to try to post an article with running links to some of the great stories that have been going on in the world of running.

  • This three part article (part 1, part 2, and part 3) about Ian Dobson and his wife Julia Lucas (who missed out on an Olympic spot by 0.04 seconds) over at PropellerMag is one of the best pieces of writing I’ve read about running the past few years. Do yourself a favor and be sure to check this out. After all of the feel good fluff pieces produced by NBC over the course of the Olympics, this will remind you there is a flip side to the Olympic dream.

  • I don’t know if this was news to everyone, but it certainly was news to me to find out double gold medalist Mo Farah has a long-lost twin brother.

  • Looking at results, there are a bunch of athletes that I’m guessing wish they could have a do-over at the Olympics. Carmelita Jeter has now beat two-time Olympic gold medalist Shelly Frasor-Pryce twice in the 100m. Matthew Centrowitz cut two and a half seconds off his 1500m PR becoming the 9th fastest American ever for 1500 meters in the process. Watch his impressive last lap and definitely check out this Flotrack interview with him:

    Watch more video of 2012 Lausanne Diamond League: Athletissima on flotrack.org

  • This is exactly what is wrong with track and field. Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt were both in the same stadium racing last Thursday night. Since they both wanted winning money, though, Blake ran the 100 in a ridiculous 9.69 making him the second fastest man of all-time. Bolt won the 200 in 19.58 rather than face off against one another. The tactic of avoiding other teams or playing a soft schedule has killed boxing and made college football infinitely less enjoyable (unless you are really looking forward to USC vs. North Texas this weekend).

  • Since the Olympics, Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Red’s minor leaguer Billy Hamilton, and Titan’s RB Chris Johnson all think they could beat Usain Bolt in a race. The good news we can gather out of this, I guess, is raging narcissism is still alive and well in professional athletes.

  • The college cross country season is coming up. Every year, there are a few surprises in cross country, but the story of last year’s XC champ Lawi Lalang is pretty cool.

That’s pretty much it for this week. For a much better list of links, head over to House of Run or LetsRun. This week, watch out for Galen Rupp’s attempt to possibly break the American 5k record on Thursday. Otherwise, track season is sort of winding down and road racing season is ramping up.

Book Review: 14 Minutes by Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar and I have a lot in common.

No, it’s not our amazing running ability. Only one of us was blessed with that although I’m still looking for a rematch from the last time I raced against him. And even though we’ve both coached many great runners (although I think he’s got an advantage in this category, as well), that isn’t it, either.

Unfortunately, we’ve both seen what’s commonly referred to as the other side. “14 Minutes” is a recollection of Alberto Salazar’s impressive running and coaching career, but a big chunk of the book focuses on a massive heart attack in June 2007 that left him essentially for dead for 14 minutes.

For those of you under the age of 40, here’s a quick synapses of Salazar’s career. After immigrating from Cuba with his family as a child, Salazar was probably the greatest American distance runner (and arguably the greatest in the world) during the early 80s. His battle with Dick Beardsley in the 1982 Boston Marathon is arguably one of the greatest races ever. After that race, his career was never quite the same.

Eventually he landed a job with Nike where he started coaching elite athletes with hopes of bringing American distance running back. He’s coached some very good runners, but easily his most impressive coaching moment came in to 2012 Olympics when two athletes he coached – Britain’s Mo Farah and Oregon’s own Galen Rupp – finished 1-2 in the 10k.

The book deals a lot with Salazar’s perceived cockiness in the early parts of his career, rumors around performance enhancing drugs that have surrounding his career as both an athlete and a coach, depression as his career came to a close, and much more.

More than anything, though, the book spends a lot of time reflecting on how the near-death experience changed Salazar’s perspective on life both positively and negatively. At first, he wondered how someone who had dedicated his life to such a healthy activity could possibly have a near-fatal heart attack. Later on, the heart attack allowed him to step back a little as a coach and realize what’s important in life.

If you are a survivor of a near-death experience like myself (I’m guessing you aren’t) or a fan of running, you’ll find this book very interesting.

Marathon Thoughts

Anyone that’s ever run a marathon (or a middle school mile) can probably relate to this comedic video about running? Enjoy!