Marathon Training: Long Runs and Daydreams

fall half marathon, training run

It’s late August. That means children are headed back to school and runners are ramping up their mileage in preparation for the fall half marathon and marathon season. Many of my running friends are dealing with the fact that the race they so signed up for back in the early days of summer, (when anything was possible and they ‘needed … More

Spitting in the Soup – Mark Johnson

Spitting in the Soup - PEDs

Performance enhancing drugs are nothing new to Olympic sports. We vilify the users and quickly label athletes as white hats and black hats, but it’s not that simple. There are layers upon layers of chemical use in professional sports and many of the offenders we read about in the headlines are separated from their clean peers only by technicalities and … More

Thank you, Stranger! The Power of Road Race Spectators

Spectators cheering at marathon

Running is often a solitary struggle. For some, an impassive face hides the battles raging within. For others, a tortured grimace reveals the massive effort of racing. Keep pushing. Suffering is only temporary. Shut up, legs! The faraway look you see in a runner’s eyes is real. I’ve completed races where I can’t recall crossing a bridge, or running past a national landmark. There comes a … More

Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K

Runner's Alley Capital City Classic 10K

The Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K starts and finishes in front of the New Hampshire State House. Runners take a rolling tour through the streets of downtown Concord cheered on by spectators and race volunteers. One hundred percent of the race proceeds benefit two nonprofit groups working to make Concord a better place to live. Intown Concord, an organization … More