Category: Running

Albert Ernest Clifford "Cliff" Young, OAM was an Australian potato farmer and athlete from Beech Forest, Victoria, best known for his unexpected win of the inaugural Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1983 at 61 years of age.

I’ve been doing the Cliff Young Ultra Shuffle

I just discovered Cliffy Young via Amazon Video today. At 61, he ran 500 miles from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia. He was a quirky potato farmer that shuffled everywhere he went–even to visit the beach, routines a 35 kilometer run each way. While I only watched the movie about Albert Ernest Clifford “Cliff” Young as acted […]

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NordicTrack C 2950 treadmill

The best treadmills for runners, joggers, and walkers at home

I just received an email from Mei telling me about an article that she wrote for Reviews.com about the best treadmills after reading my article on this site, Hiit: 3 Minutes Of Anything Is Hard. I thought I would share excerpts of it with you since the only treadmill I use on a daily basis is my […]

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Rowing pneumonia

Last week, I felt like crap. Finally, the day before Thanksgiving, I huffed and puffed to my motorcycle and puttered down the clinic. Diagnosis: walking pneumonia. So, I am dosed with antibiotics and other drugs but missed the first day of the 2016 Concept2 Holiday Challenge.  Maybe I’ll do some really light meters tonight starting tonight, Black Friday, […]

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My last 5k in the series was my fastest by half-a-minute!

I took part in the 5-week series of 5ks called the Crystal City 5k Fridays, as you may know, and my first race took me 46:17, my second race took me 46:11, my 4th race took me 46:01 (I missed week three), and my final race took me 32-seconds fewer at 45:33!  So, I feel […]

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Running: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:25:02

Activity: Crystal City 5k Fridays Race 5 Distance: 3.29 mi Duration: 00:45:33 Average Speed: 3.7 mph Average Pace: 13:51 min/mi Calories Burned: 891 Heart Rate: 142 Activity Link: https://runkeeper.com/user/chrisabraham/activity/778205779 Start Time: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:25:02

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Chris Abraham after running 5k

Quickening my 5k time week after week at #cc5kFridays

After nursing my aching lumbago and missing race 3 of the Crystal City 5k Fridays series of races, I stopped exercising for two whole weeks and returned for week 4. I ran what I thought was a fast race, for me, but when I finished my girlfriend remembered a 45-something-minute time instead of my races times […]

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Still not dead last and I gained a wee bit in both pace and time

Last night I ran the second of five Friday night 5k runs in what’s called the Crystal City 5k Fridays series sponsored by Pacers Running. Long and short of it: I shaved six seconds from my time last week: 46:17 vesus 46:11. Then, in terms of rank, 488th out of 497 men, this week it’s 510th […]

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Not DFL in my first Crystal City 5k Fridays race!

I wasn’t DFL last night. I ran the first Crystal City 5K Friday race last night and was 488 out of 497 for my gender — not last! — and I was the 1,070th finisher out of 1,126 finishers!   I am not sure if I was DFL for my age group, but I doubt it. That’s […]

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2016 Four Courts Four Miler produced by Pacers Running. Photo by Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo.

In praise of being dead last in a race

As I told you last week, last Saturday I ran the Four Courts Four Miler.  I finished!

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Running my first road race this Saturday!

OK, I have been working really hard. Every weekend, my girlfriend and I run three or four miles together, though it’s been since 2012 that I have last run a 5k race.   And, though I am in no position to run a four-mile run in the Arlington hills, this is perfect timing. My girl […]

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