Runners: trying to tune your training plan? Read my article, “Your One True Plan” in the November/December issue of Level Renner. My advice, like the magazine, is Free, and worth more than twice that amount.
Boston.com has published my article, “2014 Boston Marathon begins with a race to the starting line“. The story covers how marathons in the summer of 2013 were affected by runners’ desire to make it to Hopkinton for the start of the 2104 Boston Marathon. You’ll find data from summer races and interviews with runners who were motivated to qualify or improve upon their existing BQ time after the bombing at the 2013 race.
There’s also a sidebar, “Increased 2014 Boston Marathon field will have 500 more qualifier spots“, explaing how the BAA divided up the 36,000 entries into the race among qualified and non-qualified runners.
I’m pleased to announce The 27th Mile, an entertaining collection of stories and articles by a stellar group of writers who run. The book is inspired by our common passion for running and our desire to help the running community.
The list of contributors includes marathon champions and weekend warriors, ultramarathon racers and fitness joggers, running magazine pros and indie publishing standouts, best-selling novelists and… well, me. I’m also editing the book.
All proceeds from sales of The 27th Mile will go to support the victims of the tragedy on Boylston Street at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
On Tuesday, May 7 at 7PM, I’ll be reading at the Next Chapter Bookstore in Barre, Vermont. I’ll be reading from my latest book, Overthinking the Marathon, and also talking about running this year’s Boston Marathon as a sighted guide for a blind runner.
Before that, on Sunday, May 5, Ruth and I will be in Waterbury to run the 3 mile Mutt Strutt. Unless one of you has a dog I can borrow, I’ll be running in the two-legged division.
Hope to see lots of Vermont runners at both events!
The May/June edition of Level Renner is now available. It begins with a section dedicated to those affected by the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon that includes my short tribute to the BAA finish line volunteers.
I also have a short story, titled “We Were Awesome”, later on in the issue. The story isn’t relevant to what happened on Patriot’s Day, but the title is.
I want to express my appreciation to the runners, volunteers, spectators and first responders who made the 2013 Boston Marathon special, and who kept the tragedy from being any worse than it was.
Today, the Christian Science Monitor published my Op-Ed piece titled Why I’ll Run the Boston Marathon Again in 2014.
Late this morning, I took a CNN limo downtown, had a cup of coffee, then rode back to work. CNN (rightly) decided to bump me after an attempt to poison the President.
The day before the marathon, Jim Brennan posted his review of Overthinking the Marathon. Jim writes, “What makes it all work, as in Ray’s other books, is his openness and wit.” Jim also posted a follow-up note after the race.
And Mike Niefert posted a review to his Open Mikey blog today. Mike says, “Charbonneau has a knack for making running advice interesting and helpful.”
Coming up when I get some free time, the story of my marathon guiding Mike M. Well, the story of Mike’s marathon. I just read the map.
First, Boston.com published “Weather a key variable for Boston marathon runners,” my article on the effect that variations in weather, in particular temperature and wind, can have on marathon times. I use Boston as an example, but the facts in the article apply to all marathons. And I get in some fun, referencing Mark Twain, Zeus, and Feng Po (among others).
Second, Martin Doellinger from Soft Star Shoes (makers of RunAmocs) posted his review of Overthinking the Marathon on the company blog. Martin says, “Unlike running stories in which the main character has all the time in the world to train and do nothing else, Charbonneau’s tale shows what marathon preparation looks like for an average person who actually does more in life than run around the clock. The story also includes its lighthearted quirks, which make the story fun and interesting.” You can read the rest of Martin’s review here.
And just a reminder – 50% of the proceeds from sales of Overthinking the Marathon before the Boston Marathon go to support the Massachusetts Association for the Blind. There’s less than three weeks to go before Marathon Monday. If you could buy a copy, or share this link with your friends, that would be great!
Chicago multi-media mogul Ben Tanzer interviews me for “This Podcast Will Change Your Life” during a recent run along the Charles River.
There’s sweat and heavy breathing, but it’s all really quite wholesome. Give it a listen.
- Read, if you dare, my article that spills “The Real Truth” about running in the new March/April 2013 issue of Level Renner. It got the editor thinking about Aristotle and his Rhetorical Triangle, which shows he went to more literature classes than I did. As always, Level Renner is free to read, free to subscribe.
- Harold Shaw reviews Overthinking the Marathon in his blog, A Veteran Runnah. Harold gets it. He writes, “ I believe that knowing that the insecurities that I have about running my marathon are very normal, especially if someone who has finished over 20 of them still has them, reading Ray’s thoughts about this, will help me get through my own marathon training this summer.”
- Kate Murphy encourages readers of her blog, the Chronicles of Kate, to “buy Ray’s book today and enjoy all while helping out a great cause!“
- Saturday, I submitted my application for the Great Cranberry Island Ultramarathon in July. Entrants are selected in part from an essay submitted along with the application. Some are posted on the GCI 50K Facebook page – see if you can guess which is mine!