True Leaders Don’t Compete, They Pace

True leaders don't compete they pace

I was recently filling out a form that asked for my current marathon personal record. I realized I have no idea what mine is. It’s been years since I’ve done a marathon that isn’t either: 1) a crazy hilly trail […]

What You Can Actually Control On Race Day

Two runners on the road by the beach

About a year ago, I wrote a post suggesting you set goals that are actually within your control. Many common goals people set (OK, goals that I set) aren’t really within my control. Goals like losing 5 pounds, getting a raise at work, or […]

Why Running Conversations Are Different

group running

There’s just something about the conversations you have while running that are different from any other kind of conversation. This is for sure true when you run with the same group of people week after week for years on end […]

Benefits Of Working With A Running Coach

Benefits Of Working With A Running Coach

Not that many years ago, I didn’t give all that much thought to run coaching. When I did think about it, it was only as a thing for elites and professionals, runners who are striving to win their age group […]

How My 29th Marathon Was Different Than My First

How My 29th Marathon Was Different Than My 1st

I recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of my first marathon, which has led me to reminisce about all the ways that running that first marathon was different from my last big endurance race – the Oregon Coast 50k which was marathon #29 […]

Apologies Runners Should Never Make

A foot in a running shoe

When it’s deserved, an apology can be one of the most powerful things around. But apologizing when you don’t mean it, or saying you’re sorry for something you aren’t really sorry for, can be a bad habit. As a runner, […]

My Enemies In Nature

My enemies in nature

I love trail running. Being out in nature, seeing the sights you can only see via your own two feet. I live in the Bay Area, and the sheer variety of what surrounds me never ceases to amaze me. Within an hours […]

Running With Faster Friends

group running on a flat trail

It’s great when you find running partners who run just the same pace as you, who want to push the pace at the same time you do and who want to take it easy when you do. But this, not surprisingly, […]

Puffin Picks 9.21

My picks run the gamut this week. On one end is an utterly practical way to prevent sunburn. On the other, an abstract, self-help concept. Oh yeah, and cake. Read prior Puffin Picks posts. Note: Some of these links are Amazon […]