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Skinners Footwear

Over a year ago I came across a kickstarter that piqued my interest. They looked like socks, but were touted as minimalist footwear suitable for running, swimming, and any other thing that may involve your feet as a primary source of locomotion. 

The Inaugural Youngstown Marathon and Hell Hath No Hurry 50 miler

I have been a bad blogger. A very bad blogger indeed. Wicked, naughty, evil Zut! And in the Castle Anthrax there is but one punishment for failing to write race recaps in a timely manner……

It is August 7th as I begin to write this.  The Inaugural Youngstown Marathon was

Burning River 100 – 2017 DNF

I had been looking forward to this race the whole year. At the same time I had trepidation. I hadn’t really trained hard this year. A lot of things were happening in my personal and professional life that took precedence and frankly I just didn’t feel like waking up at

2017 Glacier Ridge Trail 50 Miler Recap

The night before the race I felt strangely calm. The nervous energy was excitement, not fear.  There was less uncertainty than in the past.  It has been said that ultras are more mental than physical and I believe there is a lot of truth to that. Once you

2017 Pittsburgh Marathon

The alarm went off at 4 and I bolted upright and immediately began getting ready. Don, Paul, and I messaged back and forth as I made coffee, toast, and an egg which were quickly eaten. I was cruising on auto pilot, awake enough to perform simple tasks, but mentally still sound asleep. As I pulled in to

Running the Pittsburgh Marathon

With the Pittsburgh Marathon just a week away I thought now would be a good time to talk about the course. This will be my fourth running of the marathon here in the City of Champiyinz and each year I look forward to it. For a local it is a great chance

Training Update and Running Sick

I’d like to say things are going perfect and as planned, that I’ve missed no planned runs and have felt strong week after week. I’d like to say I know I’ll be ready for the races ahead this summer, but for now I can only say I am cautiously optimistic. My training

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