Swimming: Not just for fish.

It’s been almost a month since I’ve been in a pool (I had this little race to run in, ahem, New England). But today’s New York Times features a great article by Jane Brody on the importance of learning how to swim. Even if you can’t, even if you flunked summer camp, even if you’re…

Fitness Memes of the Week: The Best from Boston.

I am so happy that somebody else already thought this idea up. Click this link to see the 42* best signs from the Boston Marathon, brought to you by BuzzFeed. Just you try reading all 42 before going out for your workout without choking up, saying “awwwwww…” or otherwise just getting your stoke on. These…

What’s Next? Finding new fitness goals after big achievements.

I love the fact that the Seahawks ended their post-Super Bowl locker room speeches with the cheer “1-2-3-What’s next!” It’s what I’m thinking about on this Thursday morning, three days removed from what I’m sure will go down as the most memorable race in my life. Keep calm and…take it easy. With still-tired legs, there…

The art of the reverse taper: It’s physical, and it’s psychological.

There are a few different ways to approach physical activity. There’s the “I exercise to stay healthy” way, and there’s the “I train for events” way. I’m in “event” mode for the first third of my calendar year because the Boston Marathon is a mainstay of my overall fitness program. Now, I’m transitioning into the…

Boston Marathon 2014: The lessons of the day.

Greetings from a Cambridge, Mass. hotel where I am currently nursing a very sore pair of legs. There is exactly one thing standing between me and my epsom salt bath. This post. So without further ado, here’s a first cut of my top 10 takeaways from the 118th Boston Marathon:

Boston Marathon 2014: We run today.

In honor of the 2014 Boston Marathon, today I’m posting the email I sent to friends and family on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the day after the 2013 Boston Marathon. I leave for the bus to Hopkinton in 90 minutes. The sun is shining. Run well, everyone. ***** Hello everyone, This email is going out…

Boston Marathon 2014: It’s almost here.

Key marathon ingredient #1: Sleep. After a week of far less exercise than I’m accustomed to, the race is almost here. Today, I’ll pick up my race number and spend some time at the Boston Marathon race expo – the mecca of race expos. My Garmin needs a battery. Maybe I need an extra pair…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Boston Strong

This is the sign that was posted in the window of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street in Boston after last year’s bombing. The store was badly damaged, but what moved me most was that it became a triage location for wounded spectators. If you’re in the market for a pair of running shoes, give ’em…

Boston Marathon 2014: What’s a “real runner”?

You. That’s the short answer to that question. I hang out in Boston with a group of guys who knew a dear friend and mentor of mine – the person in whose memory I run Boston for Mass General Hospital. These guys are serious runners. They’re all still competitive in their age groups – a…

Boston Marathon 2014: A last short race before the big kahuna.

Happy Tax Day. You filed your taxes, right? If not, go here now and do it. I’ll wait until you get back. Welcome back. Now let’s talk about using a last short race to tune up for a marathon. I ran the Seahawks 12K on Sunday – eight days before the Boston Marathon. Twelve kilometers is…