Build it up (buttercup)

Reality checks Last October I ran the Jakarta half-marathon and found it much harder than I expected. There were mitigating factors – it was hot and humid, and I was running with very low weekly mileage (about 10 miles a week!) – but even so, it was a tough finish. Up until that point I’d always assumed that the marathon-I-never-quite-got-around-to…

Speed x time

When someone overtakes you – or you cruise past someone else – there are things you need to know before you can feel bad or good about yourself.* How long have they been running?How far have they come, and how far are they planning to go?How far did they run yesterday?Is “fast” even their aim?Is it yours?What did they have…

See how they run

I was running this morning – a bit of a slow, tired one – when someone came past in the other direction running with intent, with strength, and with pride. I changed my posture, lifted my pace a little, and felt less tired.

When there’s no competition left

96-year-old Roy Englert runs 42-minute 5K to shatter age-group world record. Englert, 96, runs 5000m in 42:30.23 to set age-group record. Virginia native already held the records in 800m and 1500m. … Englert, a retired attorney, credits his late-career success to not to any natural gift but dogged persistence. “I don’t consider myself that much of an inspiration. I’m a…