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Run Happy. Run Smart. You’re Awesome.

To all my running teammates in New England – Run happy. Run smart. You’re awesome. Since January 23, the Boston area has received 90.2 inches of snow – that’s more than 7 ½ feet! February 2015 is only halfway done

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Measuring Life with Coffee Spoons

I used to be one of those people for whom being on time was at least 5 minutes early. But these days, I’m perpetually running late – trying to squeeze in 1 or 2 more things before I leave the

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Don’t Fear the Wall (Mental Taper, Part 3)

Everyone who endeavors to run a marathon hears horror stories about “the wall,” the moment during a long race when a runner’s body experiences a level of physical exhaustion that is (nearly?) impossible to work through. In my first marathon,

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Running on Stories (Mental Taper, Part 2)

For better or for worse, running is a meditative sport. I say “for better” because there are few activities as good as running to help you untangle your own thoughts. I’ve written articles and presentations on runs; I’ve solved work

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Top 5 Songs on My Boston Marathon Playlist (Mental Taper, Part 1)

During the last 2-3 weeks before the marathon, there’s not much we runners can do to improve our physical readiness for the big day. We need to run the optimal amount, neither too much nor too little, to ensure we’re

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Better to Have Loved in Loss

I bought a song on iTunes because I hated it so much. Any music that could make me feel so intensely sad was clearly very good. But it wasn’t supposed to end up on the running playlist I’d haphazardly put

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Why Rare Disease Day Matters

Last holiday season, I organized a gift-wrapping fundraiser for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) at a bookstore. One of my “customers” jokingly said, “Rare diseases? Right, because you wouldn’t want to raise funds for any of those common

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A Holiday Hat Trick

Sub-freezing temperatures, dark mornings with reluctant dawns, warm pillows that are so much more inviting than icy sidewalks and windblown river paths. All the familiar signs of the Boston Marathon training season are here again. My teammate Jack calls this

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Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston

To those denied the opportunity to go right on Hereford, left on Boylston in the 117th Boston Marathon and to those whose lives were irrevocably altered by doing so. This is for you. It was a Saturday in mid-January, and

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The Starting Line

Every year after tens of thousands of runners have finished the Boston Marathon, Race Director Dave McGillivray stands at the starting line in Hopkinton, ready to run the course. His day started before dawn and was filled with making harried

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Archive of posts from Marathon runners dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of people with serious disease.