Monday, August 10, 2009



If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I am sitting on a bright orange leather couch in between two paintings, one named "finding a balance" the other named "eruption" and somehow I can relate to both.

Friday, February 13, 2009

one year later

Another Valentine's Day.

This has been a year of transition. Last year on this date was my last time running competitively. Last year at this time was when Zoe was diagnosed with cancer. Last year at this time Mike and I started thinking about what our lives would be going forward.

Turns out they are all just memories now. Running. Zoe. My Marriage. Good memories, funny memories, some hard memories. My house has been emptied.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Workout Jan 6, 2009
First time back on track in a couple of weeks. What joy! Ran with Catherine in a very crowded Reggie Lewis Center and it was pure bliss. All fall it was long long workouts, so to run 200s and 300s in the low 30s was a terrific feeling. Kevin gave us the Sev special 3x200,2x300,500,2x300,3x200 break 400 hard. I actually have very bad memories of this workout because if you hit it just right, the 300s coming down were worse than death.

In general it's been a great week. All my boys ran breakthrough workouts. Big Game James, who we converted from the marathon to the 800 is completely hooked. Mike O continues to impress with sub 30 200s and sub 60 400s eventhough he's only been training for a couple of months after a 25 year hiatus. Oddly enough to say, I had a rare and exceptional good hair week, as noted by my good friend Carrie.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Watched the bu mini meet which got me all reved up to run..

Workout 1/3/09 alter g 80%-a lot of fun!Increase volume, incline and pace to account for reduced force.

3X1000m 2:51
6x600 1:41,1:40,1:39;1:38,1:36,1:36
400 60sec

I've had a bunch of people ask if I would go back to it. Maybe if I weren't so accident prone!Darn sprained ankle!

Really,it's a sad thing for me, to face the world as a reduced,out of shape athlete. I finally figured out what it takes to stay healthy and there's no doubt if I could afford it, I could return to a top level. Deluded I know. What runner isn't?!

For now I will have to return to work on Monday with running on my mind.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

31 Dec workout

Why keep doing this?

Worked a half day. Worked out on treadmill because of snow storm:

Progressive 25 min warm up with last mile at 5:02.
10X400 with 90 second rest at 6:22 pace 68 67 67 67.66 66 66 65 65 64

800 2:14

Saturday, December 27, 2008

workout dec 28

I think I may have a problem...a running problem. I can't stop.

About 3 weeks ago I fell off of 2in ledge at reggie lewis and really haven't been able to run since...but I have. That alter g is the ultimate running drug. Check out this workout (that I would never be able to do on the dry land at this point):

400 68
400 68
800 2:24
800 2:24
mile 4:48
mile 4:42
800 2:20
mile 4:38
400 66

Rest depending on the interval 60sec to 3 min

I should not be allowed anywhere near this thing. It makes me feel like a real runner again.