Running Experiences

Detroit Half Marathon 2012 Race Report

Detroit Half Marathon Race Report:  The Detroit Half Marathon is unique in that it is one of the few marathons whose course spans two countries.  The Race starts in downtown Detroit, crosses the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor, Ontario, and then takes you via the tunnel under the Detroit River back downtown.  The scenery is constantly […]

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Flying Pig Marathon Race Report

Flying Pig Marathon – Training in winter for the  The Flying Pig Marathon is in May so I started training in January and invariably my long sessions were immediately preceded by some sort of snow fall.  I seriously think I had to run twelve of my long runs on snow and ice.  I fell twice during […]

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Beginning Runners Survive Winter Running – Frosty Paws

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Dawn – Running East on a Snow Covered Gravel Road I signed up for an early May marathon and recently began training.  My miles have quickly ramped up, and last week I finished a 15 mile run, tomorrow I’ll run seventeen, and the following week twenty.  I’m following the FIRST running program, which I’ll describe in more detail […]

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Beginning Runners Try and 5K! – Trotting Turkeys and Flying Pigs

This past Thanksgiving I participated in the Ann Arbor Turkey trot and had a wonderful time.  The race winds itself through University of Michigan’s north campus.  The course is nicely wooded and contains several hills.  It is not a flat course, but I wouldn’t call it hard.  It has enough variety to keep you interested in the scenery. My […]

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Beginning Runners – Why I Run

I started running to lose weight, but this isn’t why I run.  I continued to run to gain health, but this isn’t why I run.  I run to slow down, to decompress, and to achieve more than I did yesterday. Sunset at Kensington during my run. I love the feeling of cruising on a long easy run […]

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Beginning Runners – Enjoy the Sweat

This past week I haven’t been feeling well so I skipped my Thursday and Friday run.  I was feeling guilty about skipping Thursday, as that is my speed workout, and though they aren’t my favorite type of workout, I feel they are important to complete if I am to improve.  I felt better on Saturday, […]

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Beginning Runners Experience A Harvest Moon Run

As the season progresses our daylight running hours diminish.  Being an evening runner, I often enjoy late summer evening runs and benefit from Michigan’s late sunsets, yet, now my running habits find me on the road at dusk and into the twilight. Last night was the perfect fall run.  It wasn’t so cold that I had […]

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Beginning Runners – Running after the Big Race

I ran a marathon on Sunday and spent Monday and Tuesday going downstairs backwards.  As such, I figured I wouldn’t be running for several more days, but to my surprise, I have recovered rather quickly and was ready for a four mile run this evening. On my drive home from work, on South West Oakland County’s dirt […]

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Detroit Marathon, Race Report

Detroit Marathon Race Report As I set out to write my Detroit Marathon race report I decided to make a mile by mile outline of what I saw to guide me in telling you my story.  What struck me was how many entries I had to create I though, do I really have to describe […]

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