Author Archives: Fearless Leader

It’s the elevation, dummy!

Living most of my life in Maine, I haven’t had much experience with running at altitude. One exception was when my running group in Seattle decided to enter a relay race in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Teams consisted of … Continue reading

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Maine marathoner running to D.C. for charity

Here’s an inspiring story of athletic accomplishment! http://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/maine-marathoner-running-to-d-c-for-charity/

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Damn you, mammalian diving reflex!

Over the years, I’ve done some triathlons to spare my body from the effects of too much pavement pounding. One of my favorites is the Colby triathlon, which has several advantages: the distances are very manageable, the event is nearby, … Continue reading

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Only One Hill

As a biochemist, I know that anaerobic exercise cannot be sustained for longer than a minute or two. How then is it possible that I felt completely anaerobic for almost two hours during one particular race? The event was the … Continue reading

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Will Run for Dessert

For about a two-week period in April 2010, my daughter E and I were exactly the same height and weight (BMI = 21). I was at “marathon weight,” about 5 pounds lighter than normal. After the race, I decreased my … Continue reading

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In it for the long haul

Some families follow the Red Sox. My family followed the Boston Marathon. The day before the big race, we would all read the Boston Globe special “marathon” section front-to-back, and I would see the list of former winners that included … Continue reading

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