Donate! 100-Mile Bike Ride for Vermont Foodbank

May 19, 2014

Donate to Vermont FoodbankThis August, I’ll be riding the Harpoon Point-to-Point to benefit the Vermont Foodbank.

Click here to get right to the donating!

Click here for my official fundraising page

This will be my first century ride (normally, I do this stuff on foot). In previous years, the ride was a point-to-point from the Harpoon brewery in Vermont to their brewery in Boston (thus the name). This year, they changed the course, so I’ll be doing a 100-mile loop that starts and finishes at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT.

You know what that means… more mountains!

Please give! Your donation helps provide food for Vermont families in need. Each year the Vermont Foodbank and their network of 270 partners throughout the state serve as many as 86,000 Vermonters in need of emergency food assistance.

No donation is too small. For every $10 you donate, the Foodbank can acquire and distribute 20 pounds of food, the equivalent of 30 meals. So kick in whatever you can – your gift will help transform lives.

Thank you for your generosity!

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 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

Hope to see you there!


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