Live! Friday on NBC Sports Radio 1510AM

April 10, 2013

NBC Sports Radio Bsoton AM 1510I’ll be appearing on NBC Sports Radio Boston (AM 1510) this Friday, April 12, along with Hassan Haydar. We’ll be talking marathons, running books, and whatever else comes to mind with the Diehards at 1PM. If you’re in the Boston area, tune in to AM 1510, or you can listen online at the station’s web site.


2014: Year of the Marathon-a-Month?

March 15, 2013

I’m thinking about making 2014 the “Year of the Marathon-a-Month” (aka “Marathon Book Tour 2014″). That would be a nice little challenge; not much, maybe, compared to the recent spate of marathon-a-week runners, but enough for my tastes. I might even get around to registering as a Marathon Maniac.

It’s NEVER too soon to start planning these things, so today I put together a spreadsheet with some possible races. The criteria:

  1. One marathon in each month
  2. Keep travel expenses low by picking marathons near where we live (eastern Massachusetts) when possible
  3. In April, running Boston is a given
  4. Avoid mega-marathons wherever possible

Travel expenses are the biggest potential hurdle. The preliminary list I came up with doesn’t have many options for March, August, or December.  I’d love to get your suggestions for those months in the comments!


Get info, Win book!

November 11, 2012

Overthinking the MarathonMy next book, Overthinking the Marathon, will be out early in 2013 (hopefully before the Boston Marathon).  I’m putting together all kinds of special offers to start things going.

If you want to make sure you’re notified via email when the book is ready to go, sign up here.

Everyone who registers before January 15, 2013 will be entered for a chance to be one of three people to win a free copy of R is for Running!


The Golden Anniversary of Age Group Running

May 18, 2012

masterstrack.com has published my article, The Golden Anniversary of Age Group Running.  With help from Gary Corbitt, son of the running pioneer Ted Corbitt, I found the first race to give out prizes specifically for older runners.  It turns out that age group racing is almost exactly as old as I am.

A few other links while I’m here:

Hassan Haydar put up a post about last weekend’s run on the Boston Marathon course.  I ran a 4:09, which was an easy pace, though not as easy as I hoped it would be.  Hassan’s pictures show that if I want to get faster, cutting back on muffins and cookies might be a good start.

This upcoming Sunday, I’ll be at the Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle. And the following Sunday, I’ll be running the relay with Team Ciera at the Vermont City Marathon.  If you see me, say hi!  I’ll be the one with the “Ask me about my book” t-shirt (or the Somerville singlet).


See You at the Expo!

April 12, 2012

The guys at Outside Interactive are sponsoring treadmill marathon world record attempts for men and women at this year’s Boston Marathon expo.  Mike Wardian and Kim Duclos will be running at noon on Saturday and Sunday.  If all goes well, they’ll be running for less than three hours each.

That leaves lots of time to fill, so Outside Interactive turned to me to help out.  I meet the stringent qualifications to fill the position of male model/treadmill runner.  First, I don’t mind looking like a sweaty gerbil in front of thousands of people.  Second (and more importantly), I’m not running in the big event on Monday.

The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time that I’ve been part of an advertising campaign at the marathon expo.  Back in 2005, when I was running Boston the week after I ran the Bull Run 50 miler, I was one of the “Saucony 26″.  Among other things, Saucony had a 3-foot poster of me hanging in their booth at the expo.  I still have that poster.

I call this my "Hero of the Soviet Revolution" pose

I’ll be running Saturday morning, starting around 10:30. Drop by booth #210 to say hi!


Reading @ Next Chapter Bookstore, Barre VT

April 12, 2012

Next Chapter BookstoreLater this month, I’ll be reading from my books at the Next Chapter Bookstore, located at 158 N. Main St. in downtown Barre, Vermont.  The reading will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 7p.m.   Afterwards, there will be conversation, light refreshments, and I will sign copies of my books.

Main St. in Barre is under construction, so you might want to give yourself an extra few minutes to negotiate the detours to get to the store.

For more information, you can contact the Next Chapter Bookstore at
802-476-3114 or info@nextchapterbooksvt.com.

Hope to see you there!


Stop SOPA!

January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA!


Update: More Book Events

August 3, 2011

Here’s another updated list of upcoming events where you can see me and find out more about my book, “Chasing the Runner’s High“.  But first, a contest:

Be the first person to come up to me wearing one of the new Chasing the Runner’s High shirts, and I’ll give you a free signed copy of my book.  I’ll lose money on the deal, but it’ll be worth it, just for the laughs.

Anyhow…

August 5:  I’ll be reading from “Chasing the Runner’s High” for the Dire Literary Series at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, MA

August 21st:  I’ll be running in the North Shore RFC 3 mile Rugby Road Race in Nahant.

September 10:  I’ll be running in the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay.  I’ll be out on the course all day, but I’ll have books with me.

September 18:  I’ll be running (and biking, and kayaking) in the Josh Billings RunAground in Lenox.  I’ll have books afterwards at the party on the Tanglewood grounds.

October 15:  I’ll be reading from 4-5PM at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, ME.  I’ll be running the Mount Desert Island Marathon the next day.

This should be fun!


Are you chasing the runner’s high?

August 2, 2011

Chasing the Runner's High shirtAre you a dedicated runner?  Out there as often as possible, running as much as you can, on roads, over trails, through mud and rocks? Let everyone know you’re chasing the runner’s high with one of these new micro-fiber shirts.  You can get the same design on cotton T’s, hoodies, tank tops, baby clothes, and more when you order from my Zazzle store.  There are even a variety of coffee cups available!

Or you could just order a book.


Upcoming Book Events

June 16, 2011

Here’s an updated list of upcoming events where you can see me and find out more about my book, “Chasing the Runner’s High“:

July 10: I’ll be running in the Summer Steamer 4 Miler in Somerville, MA

July 16: I’ll be running in the Great Cranberry Island 50K on Great Cranberry Island, ME

July 17: Ruth will be running in the Flamingo Four in Southwest Harbor, ME.  My book will be one of the prizes.

July 19: I’ll be doing a book signing from 7-9PM at Sherman’s Books and Stationery in Bar Harbor, ME

August 5:  I’ll be reading from “Chasing the Runner’s High” for the Dire Literary Series at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, MA

October 15:  I’ll be reading from 4-5PM at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, ME.  I’ll be running the Mount Desert Island Marathon the next day.

I hope you can make it to one or more of these events to say hello!


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