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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Manifesto for Runners

I refuse to surrender to the despair of the "voice" in my head who tells me to stop running fast because it hurts.
I refuse to conform to modern society that constantly tells us that easier is better.
I refuse to spend my life making money at the expense of my family and my health.
I refuse to stop running, ever.

I will fly on the trails, my feet nimble and connected to the Earth.
I will praise and encourage all who run, who by running, refuse to give up, to conform, to kneel
I will listen to the rhythmic breathing of my soul as I run and feel blessed to be alive
I will race, knowing that ignoring the "voice" that tells me to take it easy, to treat this race like a training run or that "it just wasn't my day" will mean that every day is MY DAY.

I will run, always.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Buddha was a long distance runner

"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hoka One One Clifton Shoe Review



Hoka One One, a Maori term meaning “time to fly” is a recent entry into the Darwinian world of the running shoe industry. With “new models” coming out every six months, a company coming up with a really innovative shoe is a near impossible task. That a brand new company has done so is truly mind boggling.


Full Disclosure-I went to school with the President of Hoka One One, Jim Van Dine. That said, it took me almost two years before I tried a pair of his company’s shoes. I have always worn neutral cushioned shoes for my high arched feet with no problems. I’ve worn and trained in all the major brands. In that respect, I’ve been very lucky to have not suffered any major injuries that resulted in my going under the knife. So why would I try a shoe that offers the ultimate in cushioning?


Like many runners, it’s not the long hard runs that caused pain, it was the day after and the day after that and the day after that spent in “recovery.” Long recoveries meant less total mileage. So, while I wasn’t injured, I still missed valuable training time. I read that people wearing Hoka’s recovered from hard runs faster. So, with that in mind, I went to my favorite running store of all time-Transports in Oakland and picked up a pair of the Cliftons.


Looking at the shoe from the side, the assumption would be that the shoe is a heavy clumsy beast. That assumption is wrong. Once I got on the shoes, I was amazed that they felt lighter than my Saucony trainers. And the ride? Very soft without feeling I was running with pillows strapped to my feet. I am not a big heel pounder and was curious if the rocker design of the sole would feel strange. The design is meant to encourage an easy transition from the heel to the fore foot which allows for a more efficient and ultimately faster stride. I felt like I was landing on the ball of my foot as I had with all my other shoes, the difference was that the push off with my toes felt effortless. It just happened. The toe box is generous while the heel counter locks in the heel without pinching or rubbing. It’s clear that a runner designed this shoe. A runner that does serious mileage. It shows.

I wore these shoes for long runs. I wore them on the treadmill and more amazingly, I wore them as racing shoes in a trail half marathon and a 11.5 mile long obstacle race. The shoes were outstanding performers. Light, nimble and comfortable. The best part was that my recovery days dropped dramatically. The Frankenstein like walking after a hard run or the races because of my locked up and painful quads had gone away.

Bottom line-while there is no such thing as the “perfect shoe” this one comes damn close. Try them.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Next Season

It's the end of the year and for most runners, it's also a time for reflection and planning for the next season. With that in mind, I'd like to mention that in 2014, I only ran two races. The first was a trail race in San Francisco from the Marina to the Cliff House (1/2 marathon) where I did it in 2:02 resulting in a 2nd place finish in my age group.
The second race was sponsored by Mens Health and Hoka One One and was a 11.5 mile race with 15 obstacles thrown in. I finished in 1:49 resulting in a 3rd place finish in my age group.

What else did I do? Well, I did a lot of hiking and cross training.

Next Year's Wish List:    1)  Run the Way Too Cool 50K in May
                                         2) Run a destination race, either in New York or Vancouver
                                         3) Try snowshoeing with the goal of doing a race in the future
                                         4) Do more back packing trips this summer

Monday, April 7, 2014

Will the legal community go paperless?

1) From criminal prosecutions to the smallest of civil matters, evidence of all kinds is being accumulated, stored and disseminated in pdf, jpg or jpeg formats.
2) The providers of evidence are scanning and storing that evidence rather than incurring the expense of storing, copying and providing those documents to firms, agencies or corporations. Document repositories of millions of pages of paper are no longer necessary. Teams of lawyers, paralegals and investigators poring over these documents are becoming a thing of the past as document providers find it is more profitable to scan the documents they can and destroy what they don’t want to retain.
3) Courts are understaffed and are no longer equipped to process the massive volume of paper formally kept in paper files. Courts are increasing having huge backlogs of pleadings, orders and other documents waiting to be physically placed in the paper files. Eventually, the local Courts will have no choice but to require all parties to submit all documents in pdf or an similar form. Call it the trickle down effect of PACER.
4) In the private sector, it is becoming increasingly evident that as the corporate world goes paperless, it will force the law firms it employs to adapt to this new reality. 
4) Finally, the demographic of the Judges, attorneys, paralegals, investigators and other staff has evolved to the point that spending hours shuffling papers is no longer a viable means of prosecuting or litigating a case.    

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

After Christmas Special

So, you spent the Christmas holidays doing intervals between Nordstroms and the other stores? Ate more than a Offensive Tackle for the local football team?  Feeling broke?  Then it's time to lace on the sneaks and take those slow and easy steps back to fitness. Also a good time to look at a race calendar, figure out which races you't like to do and plan a training schedule. In my case, my first race won't be until February at the earliest and I'll look at it as a way to gauge my fitness. my peak races are always in the late summer of fall. So my suggestion to you is that if your peak race is after the spring, ease back into training slowly. Slow runs with only one intense workout a week. The key is to not try to get into race fitness as soon as possible. Doing that will result in two things-burnout (if you're lucky) or an injury. So avoid that and take it easy, just like Chilly Willy in the picture. Cheers!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

I love the off season

Time for golf at Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

Playing some soccer and work on my Irish tan.

More golf at the Pacific Grove Golf Links

Still more golf-hole in one at the Grayson puny muni.