“A Pair of Bulls” in the Mar/Apr Level Renner

March 1, 2015

issue-25-cover-mar-april-2015-trautmann-navas-2.28.15One of the cover stories in the latest issue of Level Renner is my “A Pair of Bulls”. The story itself is waaaay in the back of the magazine, but there’s plenty of good stuff to read before you get there.

Every issue of Level Renner continues to be free, and worth many times that amount. Click here and check it out.

I will try to use my power wisely

February 27, 2015

Two weeks after my ‪#‎tbt‬ post about the Cortez running shoe, Nike announces their return. Who knew I had that much influence?



#tbt – Running With The Monster

February 26, 2015

Just in time for spring training, a little baseball to go with the weekly dose of running history…

dick_radatz_autograph50 years ago, Red Sox relief pitcher Dick Radatz (aka “The Monster”) was coming off his second Fireman of the Year award in his three seasons in the majors. In 1964 he led the league with 29 saves and his 16 wins (as a reliever!) led the team. His intimidating fastball helped him set a record for relievers that still stands by striking out 181 batters in 157 innings.

In the off-season, Radatz added running to his training regimen:


Unfortunately, 1964 was Radatz’ last great year. In spring training before the 1965 season, Ted Williams convinced Radatz to add a sinker to that fearsome fastball. Radatz thought the changes he made to his pitching mechanics caused his fastball to lose the power and accuracy that had made him a star. Perhaps, but pitching over 400 innings of high-intensity relief in his first three years probably didn’t help any either.

Radatz’ career wound down from that point, ending in 1969 with the expansion Montreal Expos.


#tbt – Your Share of Hell

February 19, 2015

This one, from another, more temperate February 51 years ago, is especially for all my friends in New England who are training for a spring marathon:

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February 17, 2015


It’s Abominable Out There

February 15, 2015


#tbt – Shoe Firsts

February 12, 2015

The first running shoes I bought for myself for high school track were a pair of white leather Nike Cortez.

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Click to enlarge

The “sponge” midsole broke down quickly. I wore them everywhere, which didn’t help their durability.

I scuffed entirely through the toe-cap while climbing on the concrete roof of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium during a field trip.


That led me to my first attempts at using Shoe-goo, a story for another day.

What were your first running shoes?


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