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Beat the Doldrums »

In the closing scene of “Finding Nemo,” the “tank gang” from P. Sherman’s dental office finally pull off the escape they’ve dreamt about for years. After Dr. Sherman places them in plastic bags to change the tank water, they roll their bags across the counter to an open window, freefall into the bushes below, then […]

About Donald

A protégé of Dr. Dre, Donald emerged on the blog scene as one of the most unusual writers to ever grace the genre. Using questionable wit and mediocre skills to ramble about everything from his childhood to a compulsive fascination with popular culture, he became the biggest crossover success since Eminem emerged from Eight Mile. Born on the hard streets of Inglewood, CA, Donald began writing blog posts in his basement, and gradually won over larger audiences by becoming a battle blogger against hip-hop MCs in underground clubs. His meteoric rise to success proved too much to handle, however, and Donald cancelled a planned US tour due “exhaustion.” He entered rehab to battle his Diet Pepsi dependency, then resurfaced on the Monterey Peninsula, where he lives with a wife and three kids. Having shunned the big city and the media spotlight, he now runs and blogs on his own terms, and he has finally found happiness.

Chondromalacia, It’s a Mouthful »

1. What is it? Chondromalacia is the destruction of the cartilage under the kneecap. Normally this cartilage is smooth and allows a gliding motion of the kneecap over the femur. However, with certain knee problems, the kneecap may not track smoothly over the femur. The result is that the areas in contact with each other […]

About Lee Miller D.C.

9536 - 87 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3J1 Phone: (780) 426-6777 Fax: (780) 469-6930

A Letter to Mrs. McCarthy*-Part One »

Part one of a three-part essay I composed for an acquaintance who had met me for lunch recently to discuss “how to run.”

Join our Flickr Group! »

We’ve started a new flickr running group – a place for the CRN community (that’s you!) to share its running photos! Share your running photos with our group and watch them magically appear at this link and, for a limited time only, in our right sidebar. And you never know – your photo might just […]

Of(f) Course, You Are »

Of all the volunteer duties that accompany a road race, one of the toughest has to be course marshal. These are the people who keep runners heading in the right direction and prevent short cuts. They also keep cars and cyclists from colliding with race participants and alert an aid station if someone needs help. […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Photo of the Week: Mud Puddles »

Some people try to avoid puddles when running, but I think this runner has a better idea. Who says you have to be a kid to have fun? So when you see a puddle, tell us, do you run around it, try to leap over it and almost fall back in, run quickly through it […]

About Dawn - Pink Chick

For several years the only running I did was to run the annual 10k race in the spring. I got my best time when I ran hungover on only a few hours sleep. Finally one year I decided maybe I should really pick up running again on a regular basis and attended a running clinic. After finishing the 10k that year I continued to train and ran my first half marathon. That was in 2002. Later in 2002 I moved to Calgary where my running friends nick-named me Pink Lady, Pinko, Pinky and finally Pink Chick simply because I almost always wore pink when I ran. Truth be known I wear it almost all the time. I ran, well mostly walked, my first marathon in 2003. Since then I've run a ton of shorter 5/10k races, 9 half marathons and I added a second marathon in 2007 when I ran the San Diego RnR Marathon. Today I still run. I'm slow but I'm still out there and lovin' it. Someday I hope to join the Triathlon world.

New @ FitSugar for the Week Ending May 25, 2007 »

Today we’re introducing a new weekly feature called What’s New @ FitSugar. We like FitSugar because it’s obvious to us that they’re as passionate about fitness as we are. FitSugar blogs with a slant toward women’s interest articles and they often have some great stuff of interest to runners. So, without further delay, here are […]

May 27th Shoutout »

It’s shoutout day again and this week we have ten new ones for you to check out. Please go and give someone a welcome. The Kenyan Within Loneliness of a middle distance runner Jason’s Running Diary Blog To Run I Hated Running Kevin Bonks The Runner in Me Ready to Run Faster Your Running Life […]

About Linda

I'm a 50+ ranch woman that started running about 6 years ago to keep the fat at bay. I've run two half marathons and will probably try it again. I'm slow but that doesn't matter because I just about always run with the dog and she doesn't care as long as I get out there. I love this blog world full of runners of all different stripes. I've been entering the links in the R.B.F. for a year or so and love checking each one out as they come in. It does stress my bloglines account though because some of them I just have to keep reading.

Running Upstream »

Last Weekend I ran the San Francisco ING Bay to Breakers which is as much street theater as it is a race. Elite runners line up first followed by seeded runners followed by people who actually intend to run the race followed by a lot of crazy people in costumes. There are also quite a […]

About 21stCenturyMom

I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week. I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?

Web Site of the Week: The Run Down »

Website Review Tired of boring and dull race reports? Then you need to make your way over to The Run Down. This growing site with talented writers puts a whole new spin on race reporting. Currently the site recaps ultra-marathons (and only in California so far), but as the audience grows so to will the […]

About Jessica

Jessica lives in Orange County, CA, home to hundreds of miles of trails and 30% green space along with the Santa Ana Mountain Range. After moving to California from artic Minnesota in January of 2005, she quickly became addicted to trail running, and upon meeting Dean Karanzes at a book signing was inspired to run her first marathon, and subsequently ultra marathon. She completed here first 50K race in July of 2006 and has 50 and 100 mile aspirations. In a short amount of time, Jessica has been active in the Orange County running scene by re-igniting the Saddleback church running group, founding a trail running group, and starting in 2007 launching a series of trail races throughout the county, beginning with the Twin Peak Ultra Marathon in February. In 2002, Jessica had open-heart surgery to repair a leaky mitral valve. Aside from running, Jessica is also a published author and an independent filmmaker. She works as an Information Security Engineer and part time at the flagship Nike Women store. When not out on the trails, working, blogging, writing, making films, or promoting races, Jessica can be found relaxing with her friends at the movies, lounging by the pool, or sharing a tasty meal and a good bottle of wine.

Retail Therapy: Injinji Performance Sock »

Have trouble with toe blisters? The Injinji socks could be the answer. Injinji has enhanced the toe sock to help the feet work by allowing each toe to move independently, similar to gloves on our hands. It takes a few runs to get used to having fabric around your toes, but after a while, your […]

About Susan

I am a runner.I run to keep myself on track physically, mentally, and to ensure I do not spend all my money on shoes.

Better Know an African: Haile Gebrselassie »

This is an article about famed Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie.

About Adeel

Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for 5k, 36:38 for 10k, 1:26 for a half marathon and 3:10 for a marathon.

Three New Site Features »

Three new web site features: Improved archives, Subscribe to Comments and Random Running Blog

Taking 100 Kids to Bloomsday »

Now that I have your attention, I will explain….ok, where do I start? Well I guess I will begin with “What is Bloomsday?” Bloomsday is a 12 km race that first began on May 1, 1977, and runs through downtown Spokane, Washington. Over 1,000 runners participated in the inaugural Bloomsday Run, which was billed “Run […]

Exercise Is Just for Kids »

I ran across this fascinating 1958 CBC radio clip of a discussion between Byng Whitteker – a radio announcer entrenched in his belief that exercise is only good for children – and fitness advocate Lloyd Percival. The world has changed a great deal in the past 50 years. In the clip, you get the sense […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Photo of the Week: Everyday People »

” I thought it was important to provide balanced coverage of the marathon—to capture images not only of elite runners and celebrities but also the disabled and non-elites (the everyday men and women) who for me are truly the heroes and true winners of the marathon.—Farinhiet451 This week’s photo comes from Farinhiet451’s Flicker set – […]

About Dawn - Pink Chick

For several years the only running I did was to run the annual 10k race in the spring. I got my best time when I ran hungover on only a few hours sleep. Finally one year I decided maybe I should really pick up running again on a regular basis and attended a running clinic. After finishing the 10k that year I continued to train and ran my first half marathon. That was in 2002. Later in 2002 I moved to Calgary where my running friends nick-named me Pink Lady, Pinko, Pinky and finally Pink Chick simply because I almost always wore pink when I ran. Truth be known I wear it almost all the time. I ran, well mostly walked, my first marathon in 2003. Since then I've run a ton of shorter 5/10k races, 9 half marathons and I added a second marathon in 2007 when I ran the San Diego RnR Marathon. Today I still run. I'm slow but I'm still out there and lovin' it. Someday I hope to join the Triathlon world.

May 20th Shoutout »

The R.B.F. just keeps growing. I’ve added 14 new ones this week, please click on one at least and welcome someone into the fold. You never know, you might have a friend for life. The Starting Gun 26.2 in training Journey to a Centum Running to get fit Go Hard A Thousand Beautiful Things The […]

About Linda

I'm a 50+ ranch woman that started running about 6 years ago to keep the fat at bay. I've run two half marathons and will probably try it again. I'm slow but that doesn't matter because I just about always run with the dog and she doesn't care as long as I get out there. I love this blog world full of runners of all different stripes. I've been entering the links in the R.B.F. for a year or so and love checking each one out as they come in. It does stress my bloglines account though because some of them I just have to keep reading.

Setting Goals in Running »

It’s a big run weekend with lots of runs posted to the CRN Race calendar. Everyone goes into a race with some sort of goal in mind—everything from “qualify for the Boston Marathon” to “finish” to “have fun.” Sometimes we reach our goals and sometimes we don’t and sometimes we accomplish something that wasn’t a […]

About 21stCenturyMom

I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week. I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?

Running Through Adversity »

We runners are a hardy bunch. We push ourselves to exhaustion. We sometimes break bones and scrape skin seeking out stressful situations to see just how far we can push ourselves. Sometimes we do all this while overcoming some immense obstacles. If you’re San Luis Obispo, Calif., pulmonologist Tom Vendegna, 43, you run to reverse […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Get to Know Our Authors »

We’ve added a little personal touch to CRN. But to see it, all 1000+ of you RSS subscribers will have to come to the site where you’ll see a little picture beside each author’s article that links to their blogs. Why not pay them a visit? We’re betting they’ll welcome you with open arms. About […]

Runners Who Are Racing This Weekend »

I see that, according to the CRN Race Calendar, there are seven people racing this weekend. That’s including myself. Was that last mention overly narcissistic? Anyway, head on over and wish me them luck! P.S. TRIATHLONS are more than welcome on the calendar. About Mark IocchelliAlso known as the “Running Blogfather”, I’m a 40-something marathoner […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Runners Are Sexy »

Sex. Ok there I said it. So what about sex and runners? Bottom line, if you run regularly and long enough, you will enjoy numerous sexual benefits. For both men and women, self confidence and a better self image are the psychological benefits of being a runner. This enhanced sense of well being is said […]

About Lee Miller D.C.

9536 - 87 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3J1 Phone: (780) 426-6777 Fax: (780) 469-6930

Got Blog? »

Here we explain four ways Complete Running can help promote your running blog.

(The Myth of) The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner »

A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away… …some bad things happened in my life. So, I started running. I ran by myself because I needed the “alone time”. Years past and, for some long forgotten reason, I stopped running. Then, some more bad things happened so I started running again but this […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

A View From the Top: Governor’s Bay Bridge 10K »

The Governor’s Bay Bridge 10K Race (Md.) was cancelled for the 4th time in six years last week. This is a race in distress. The race, put on by the Annapolis Striders, is a point-to-point 10K race that leaves at 8 a.m. from sea level at the start of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the […]

Photo of the Week: Shoe Check »

A wise runner makes sure his or her shoes are tied up before the race. Looks like this guy better hurry as the runners are already lined up over at the start. Thanks to pixelroiber for letting us feature his photo. Be sure and check out his other running photos over at flicker. We are […]

About Dawn - Pink Chick

For several years the only running I did was to run the annual 10k race in the spring. I got my best time when I ran hungover on only a few hours sleep. Finally one year I decided maybe I should really pick up running again on a regular basis and attended a running clinic. After finishing the 10k that year I continued to train and ran my first half marathon. That was in 2002. Later in 2002 I moved to Calgary where my running friends nick-named me Pink Lady, Pinko, Pinky and finally Pink Chick simply because I almost always wore pink when I ran. Truth be known I wear it almost all the time. I ran, well mostly walked, my first marathon in 2003. Since then I've run a ton of shorter 5/10k races, 9 half marathons and I added a second marathon in 2007 when I ran the San Diego RnR Marathon. Today I still run. I'm slow but I'm still out there and lovin' it. Someday I hope to join the Triathlon world.

May 13th Shoutout »

Hi everyone. Come and check out the new additions to the RBF this week. In fact just check out the changes Mark has made on the RBF page. He’s been doing some spring cleaning and even some tweaking on my end of things. Now if only he could would be available to paint, everyone would […]

About Linda

I'm a 50+ ranch woman that started running about 6 years ago to keep the fat at bay. I've run two half marathons and will probably try it again. I'm slow but that doesn't matter because I just about always run with the dog and she doesn't care as long as I get out there. I love this blog world full of runners of all different stripes. I've been entering the links in the R.B.F. for a year or so and love checking each one out as they come in. It does stress my bloglines account though because some of them I just have to keep reading.

Adventure Racing, Collegiate Style »

This week we bring you something different—Adventure Racing! Adventure Racing has it all—Trail Running, Mountain Biking and Kayaking in this Collegiate Championship. No matter what your discipline, life is an adventure—go race! About 21stCenturyMom I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up […]

About 21stCenturyMom

I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week. I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?

Reasons to Run »

Spring is here, at least in most of the country, and with the warmer weather comes all kinds of extra demands on your time: yard work, cookouts, kids’ soccer games, etc. It’s easy to let your training slip at this time of year. I know that I often run more miles during the cold winter […]

About Dennis Fisher

Dennis is an award-winning journalist and not-so-award-winning runner. His day job involves writing about technology, which is why he runs so much. A native of Virginia, Dennis is a veteran marathoner and road racer who has recently discovered the joy and broken bones of trail running. He trains with the Greater Boston Track Club and lives outside Boston with his wife and children.

Why We Compete »

Run hard enough or long enough and a thought always creeps into that cranium no matter how hard you try to ward it off: Why am I doing this? It may be while heaving on the sidelines of a highly competitive 10k, midpoint in a triathlon or just after passing a painful Mile 16 in […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Thinking of a Running a Marathon? Think Again »

This is an article that provides advice for when is the right time in your running career for running a marathon, in addition to providing suggestions for how to approach training form marathons both mentally and physically.

Blogs by Elite/Famous Runners Courtesy of Runner’s World »

Runner’s World recently got into the blogosphere with some fine blogs written by elite athletes and people close to the elites. Check out blogs by: Meb Keflezighi Deena Kastor Dean Karnazes (this one’s an old blog that chronicles Dean’s 50 in 50 milestone) Kirstin Armstrong’s Mile Markers (Lance Armstrong’s ex-wife). Edit: Thomas correctly pointed out […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Gadgety Goodness »

We’ve been busy at CRN putting together all kinds of goodies for you. One of the things we’ve been working hard on are widgets and gadgets and other neat stuff for your blog. Check out the CRN Gadgets, Widgets & Tools page for details. We’ll be adding more to that page every week for the […]

Finally – A Race Calendar About YOU! »

CRN got its start with bloggers – specifically, running bloggers. WAIT! Don’t rush off just yet if you’re not a running blogger because this announcement just may be of value to you too. Running bloggers always want to know what other running bloggers are up to. We madly check blog posts and subscribe to dozens […]

Photo of the Week: Ghost Runners »

This weeks photo comes to us from Kurt’s Flicker site. Using special effects Kurt has created a pack of qhostly runners. The photo was taken just before mile 1 of the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco We are always looking for interesting photos so if you’ve got a photo you would like featured, please […]

About Dawn - Pink Chick

For several years the only running I did was to run the annual 10k race in the spring. I got my best time when I ran hungover on only a few hours sleep. Finally one year I decided maybe I should really pick up running again on a regular basis and attended a running clinic. After finishing the 10k that year I continued to train and ran my first half marathon. That was in 2002. Later in 2002 I moved to Calgary where my running friends nick-named me Pink Lady, Pinko, Pinky and finally Pink Chick simply because I almost always wore pink when I ran. Truth be known I wear it almost all the time. I ran, well mostly walked, my first marathon in 2003. Since then I've run a ton of shorter 5/10k races, 9 half marathons and I added a second marathon in 2007 when I ran the San Diego RnR Marathon. Today I still run. I'm slow but I'm still out there and lovin' it. Someday I hope to join the Triathlon world.

May 6th Shoutout »

There are fourteen new blogs that have been added to the Running Blog Family. Some thing for everone. This week we have newbies, triathletes, trail runners, marathoners, ultra-runners and even a pastor who wants to be faster. Please go check some of them out and make them feel welcome. Ponderings of a Young Wanderer Dankinia’s […]

About Linda

I'm a 50+ ranch woman that started running about 6 years ago to keep the fat at bay. I've run two half marathons and will probably try it again. I'm slow but that doesn't matter because I just about always run with the dog and she doesn't care as long as I get out there. I love this blog world full of runners of all different stripes. I've been entering the links in the R.B.F. for a year or so and love checking each one out as they come in. It does stress my bloglines account though because some of them I just have to keep reading.

Video of the Week: Wildflower Editon »

In honor of how I will be spending my weekend I bring you a video about the Wildflower Triathlon. There is running at the end so I think it is fair game for this site. You can’t be a triathlete if you are not a runner. This will be my first ever Olympic Distance Triathlon […]

About 21stCenturyMom

I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week. I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?

Charity-o-Rama for May 3, 2007! »

Take a minute and check out what your fellow runners/walkers are doing to make the world a better place. Runners are the most generous people I know; let’s show just how generous we are! Richard Boehnen is raising money for the St. Jude Children Hospital’s 5K Walk and Run on May 19, 2007 in Lodi, […]

About Jeanne

Cocky, headstrong, and genetically insecure, Jeanne is known by her friends as the Tall One. Whether its running a marathon, or ringing bells in choir, this love-able rapscallion finds ways of landing in all kinds zany, madcap adventures. You can find Jeanne musing about life, running, bell ringing, and other things at her favorite hangout, Not Born to Run. When not regaling her public with tales from the trails, Jeanne works as a Web editor for a national newspaper. She is also a freelance writer. Jeanne lives in the leafy suburb of Bethesda, Md., just outside the Beltway.

Will Run for Health »

Dr. Lee Miller wrote a piece arguing that, due to health care savings and productivity increases inherent in being more fit, that we should lobby for tax breaks to cover fitness expenses. The case that he presents about the health care savings associated with active people versus sedentary people is tempting. However, in the more […]

About Bill Jankowski

Jank is the nom-de-plume (alias) of Bill Jankowski. Jank is a runner (defined as “one who runs”, without any necessary claims of athleticism). More accurate would be to say that he enjoys the company of his iPod, and goes to great lengths to get long periods of time alone with his thoughts. Plus, running is a wonderful way to keep his ego in check. He’s been physically active since he was a kid (assuming that, for the years 1995-1999 and 2001-2003, drinking counts as “active”), playing Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball, and Softball while in college (for his fraternity’s B-team)(Actually, add 1990-1994 to the years of inactivity). In addition to running, Jank swims (controlled drowning), bikes (’cause his mom suggested he play in traffic as a kid), and kayaks (see swimming, but with sharks and props). An engineer by the grace of God, a (recovering) submariner by the graces of the taxpayers of the United States, and an MBA by mistake, Bill enjoys gear (oooh, shiny!), cycling (oooh, shiny bikes and clothes!), and poking at accepted ideas with a pointy stick. In 2004, Jank decided he didn’t want to go full-over to being fat, and took up running (instead of stopping eating). In 2005, he finished his first marathon (WooHoo!) in October, and his second two weeks later (dumb idea). He is still recovering. Bill lives in Connecticut (the poorer, eastern part) with his lovely wife Melissa (who is far more fit than he is and way less navel-gazing about it), and their two sons, Jake and Nate, who, in addition to having deliberately cool names, are the finest children to grace the Earth (clear proof that “evolution through natural selection” is bunk; although he still questions the monthly bill for “Pool Boy” despite not having a swimming pool). His rants can be found at runmystic.jankowskis.net; his best stuff is found here at CRN.

Have Shoes (and Money), Marathoners Will Travel »

The travel industry is catching on that runners are good for business. A republished Detroit-based newspaper article about half- and full-marathoners traveling the world to get in a new run included some interesting statistics: “Marathon tourism is on the rise, coinciding with the huge increase in the number of people who now run—29.2 million in […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

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