Lessons learned every step of the way

buffalo news

Looking around on the internet today and ran across this article from the Buffalo News: Running: Lessons learned every step of the way

I was enjoying the article and then I got to the quotes from normal people about what they wished they knew when they started running. That is when I could really relate to the article…more than one person talks about groups. Running groups or clubs are an invaluable tool to gain knowledge, motivation and accountability.

Run Richmond keeps me motivated. Without this group I doubt I would still be logging the miles each week that I am. So I want to say thank you to everyone that shows up to our group runs. We are all part of a good thing. If you don’t want to take my word for it listen to this random guy from Buffalo…

“I wish I had known about running groups before I started running. It seemed a very lonely activity. Now I look forward to the days our retiree group gets together during the week and to Saturdays with the group at the Ridge. Everyone encourages each other. When injuries happen there is always someone who experienced the same thing and can offer excellent suggestions on recovery.”

Not New But Still Funny

I have posted this video before, but it came up in a conversation I was having yesterday and I wanted to share again.

The important things to remember is that even if you are one of these awkward runners you are welcome at Run Richmond. We may encourage some changes in running form, but you are certainly welcome.

Exercise IS Planned Adversity


We can talk all down about how adversity can wreck our lives. Or how adversity has kept us from doing what it is that we feel called to do. What I think we need to be doing is trying to look at adversity from a different perspective. Adversity is what makes us stronger. I whole-heartedly believe that adversity is required to make us grow. That is to grow mentally or physically. Continue reading Exercise IS Planned Adversity

Workout of the Week #2


Workout of the Week #2 “Death By Speed Work”

I know, you only run for fun and relaxation, not to induce pain. Speed Work for most of us could be equated with torture like waterboarding, electric shock, or dinner with the In-laws (I being the exception have great In-laws). So we hit the road and get our miles.  We run some tempo runs, some long slow distance and even throw in a few trail runs but we plateau and we never improve.  In comes the feared enemy, most of us love to avoid, known as speed work.

So before you click past this blog and erase it from your brain. Let me tell you what it is, and what its not. There are different schools of though on this topic but for me, Continue reading Workout of the Week #2

Workout of the Week

runnerIf you are like my partner and relatively new to running or an old grizzled veteran, its nice to hear from someone else out there grinding just like you. And everyone likes to encourage his or her friend or child to be the guinea pig and try something new or even get back on the horse again. Mix in a crazy goal with this and then you have the premise of this 7-week winter blog. Continue reading Workout of the Week



My church, Crossroads, has started a new series called Resilient. The first thing I can tell you is that Crossroads does an amazing job of making things interesting. The promo pieces for this series, like the one above, have been great. But more important than that is how important the idea of being resilient is in life. Has anyone else noticed that things frequently don’t happen the way we like? Has anyone else ever felt like life just nailed you in the side of the head with something that you never saw coming? Continue reading RESILIENT

In 2016 We Got Better, In 2017 Lets Do The Same


Congrats to David and Tim on their first and second place finishes in the Resolution Run on 12-31-16. David had a 1st in age group finish and Tim was 2nd. I ran that race last year and there were lots of runners and it was a fun race. I am glad I didn’t have that one on my schedule this year because those two would have blown by me and then I would have killed myself trying to keep up. Continue reading In 2016 We Got Better, In 2017 Lets Do The Same

It’s Winter And I Would Still Rather Run Outside


Treadmill running is pretty much evil if you ask me and since you most likely clicked something to get here I am going to pretend you actually asked me. Somehow I always run harder and excerpt more energy on the treadmill than I do on the same run outside, at least that is how it feels. I can knock out 8:30 miles for a couple hours outside and still feel pretty good. I can get on the treadmill and run 30 minutes at what it tells me would be an 8:45 pace and be begging for mercy. Continue reading It’s Winter And I Would Still Rather Run Outside