Why I Won’t Quit: 10 Good Reasons to Keep Running

I’m back!! Last week, I wrote a post where I really laid my heart out about running and how I was disappointed in my half-marathon race result.  I was questioning whether I should just quit running because I was not seeing the progress that I wanted to see. That post was very difficult for me … Read more

Famous Idaho Potato Half-Marathon Race Review

I ran the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, Half-Marathon last Saturday (May 18th).  Despite the fact, that I didn’t perform as well as I was hoping, the event itself was fantastic. Today, I wanted to provide my thoughts on the event, along with a few other details in case you are looking to run this race … Read more

Should I Quit Running? Mentally Dealing with a Bad Race Result

You’ve worked and trained and dreamed about completing a big half-marathon or full-marathon race.  You’ve looked forward to the event for months and made your race goals and strategy.  Then when race day comes, something goes wrong!  Your pace isn’t quite there, or its turns out to be a tougher course than you expected. At … Read more

2013 Sage Rat Run: A Good Time in the Sagebrush

On May 18, 2013 I ran the Sage Rat Run 12K in Prosser, WA and set a personal record!  Ok, that is not really saying much since I have never run a 12K race in my life.  All I had to do was cross the finish line alive and this race would have sat alone … Read more

How Many Runners Can Run a Marathon in Under 4 Hours

Spencer wrote a very interesting article recently on Runnergoal.com about running a sub-2:00 half marathon.  In that article he outlined the number of people who actually can run a sub-2:00 half and you know what, the results underscore just what an achievement a sub-2:00 half is. That got me to thinking about race statistics and … Read more

How to Properly Warm-up for a Race

I recently decided that I was going to enter a few “shorter” races just for fun.  Over the last several years I have been more focused on marathon running with the occasional half-marathon thrown in.  Next week I am doing the Sage Rat Run 12K in Grandview, WA followed by the Memorial Freedom 5K in … Read more

Should You Use the Galloway Run/Walk Method for Your First Marathon?

I recently was following a friend of mine on Facebook as he posted regular updates about his upcoming marathon. First he posted that he had signed up for the marathon and was excited! Then he posted he was going to start training. Then a couple of weeks later he would update that his training was … Read more

How to Recycle Your Old Running Shoes

So here I am, going on about 4 years of consistent running, and I read a short blurb about how you can recycle your old running shoes!  To be honest, I had never heard of this before, and if I had, I never put any real thought into it. When my shoes get old, I … Read more

What Should I Say About My Experience at the 117th Annual Boston Marathon?

What should I say about the 117th Annual Boston Marathon?  On April 15, 2013 I had the honor and privilege to run the 117th Annual Boston Marathon.  On the one hand it was the most fantastic, inspiring, historic and well coordinated celebration of running achievement I have ever been part of.  On the other hand it was … Read more

Running in the Morning vs. Evening Running

When I was in college about 10 years ago, it was the first time I really started trying to run on my own.  Previous to that (high school, etc), I was always very involved on sports teams and usually had coaches with structured workouts.  However, I suddenly found myself without a team sport to join…so … Read more

Best Boston Marathon Advice

The Boston Marathon is less than a week away and I cannot believe it is here.  I have been training for a while for this one and have been planning for a while.  I have been very focused on having a specific race plan and setting certain race-specific goals but the more learn the more … Read more

What to do after a Bad Race

I am pretty sure you have been there.  I know I have been there.  Pretty much anyone who has laced up their running shoes and stood behind a white line waiting for a race to start has been there.  We all have had bad races.  Some races are just bad.  Some are so bad we … Read more

How to Stay in Running Shape While on Vacation

The only thing more difficult that training for a half or full marathon during your regular work week, is training during vacation.  At least that’s the case for me. When I have a normal week, I have my schedule fully planned, and I know exactly what time I will be running.  However, when a vacation … Read more

Can You Run a Half-Marathon if You Hate to Run?

I was reading an article in a recent issue of Northwest Runner when I came across some words that sounded somewhat familiar which stated: “My freshman year in high school, the ’81-82 school year, was when I discovered my extreme dislike for it.  It was painful, provided no satisfaction, and wasn’t any fun at all.  Coach Q … Read more

When Should I Run Through Pain?

I would like to dispel a myth that is common among my friends – I do get injured!  I get injured more often that they think.  I have had to DNF in races due to injury and ran my first marathon basically held together with barbwire and duct tape.  Now that said, I have been … Read more

The Lake Sammamish Half-Marathon: A Great First Half-Marathon Experience

On March 9, 2013, Evergreen Trail Runs held their 4th annual running of the Lake Sammamish Half-Marathon in Redmond/Issaquah, WA.  The Lake Sammamish Half-Marathon is a gem of a race on the Seattle Eastside and has always had a special place in my heart.  It was my 2nd ever half-marathon when I ran it back … Read more

Running My First Half Marathon: Lake Sammamish Half 2013

The following article is a guest post from Steve McDonald.  Steve just completed his first ever half marathon and provides an in-depth look at the thoughts, feelings, schedule, insomnia, frustrations, triumph and much more when going through a half-marathon for the very first time.  Here’s Steve… On December 2, 2011 my friend Stephen and I … Read more

2013 Running Goals

Without a plan, nothing worthwhile gets done. I recently wrote about what I accomplished running wise last year.  I have found that as long as I’m setting running goals and striving to accomplish them, I’m much healthier, happier, and have results that I can look back on and be proud of. So, in the spirit … Read more

Most Important Preprations the Days Before a Race

So tomorrow I have a good friend of mine who is going to be doing his first ever half-marathon up in the Seattle area.  He has been nice enough to send me a few updates on his preparations for what is the biggest running event of his life to this point. The feelings of anticipation … Read more

2012 Running Goals and Results Review: How Did I Do?

Near the beginning of 2012, I set 3 goals that I wanted to accomplish during the year.  You can read my original post with those 2012 running goals here. I’m writing this post in March, so its well past due!  However, I wanted to share some of my running accomplishments from 2012 because as I … Read more

5 Most Important Tips for First Time Half-Marathoners

Last week was the Tri-Cities Half-Marathon held in Richland, WA.  It was a great event despite the fact it was run under a high wind advisory.  Spencer did a nice job of summing up the event in review (See Spencer’s Review Here). I was happy with how the half-marathon went considering it was run in … Read more

Tri-Cities Half Marathon Race Review

I just completed running the 2013 Tri-cities Half Marathon.  Like any race, the event culminates months of training and anticipating how everything will go. I want to provide more of a review of how the race was organized, what you can expect, and an overall review of the race should you decide to compete in … Read more

When is it OK to Take the Day Off From Running

 So I was faced with an interesting running dilemma today – to run or not to run.  I have been very consistent in my training thus far as I prepare for the Boston Marathon but today was tough.  I am usually very structured in following a training program and today was supposed to be my … Read more