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Running in the 'Meda: Boston Strong

The Boston Marathon took place this past Monday. It was an emotional day for many people because of the bombing that occurred at the end of the race last year. In addition to those powerful non-running-related emotions, the running itself was being hyped for weeks, and for good reason: American elite distance running has been improving significantly in recent years, and this year there were American men and women who had legitimate shots to win the race. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Boston Strong

Running in the 'Meda: To P.E. or not to P.E.?

Last week at the school board meeting, the high school physical education (P.E.) requirement was discussed. Much of the discussion about broadening students' ability to gain an exemption from taking a second year of P.E. (now available only to athletes engaged in school sports) covered details of the state and Alameda Unified School District requirements. Should we be requiring our young people to exercise and to learn about fitness - "mandating health" as one of the board members called it? Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: To P.E. or not to P.E.?

Running in the 'Meda: Running in the rain

I ran a 10k a couple of Sundays ago. Yeah, the same Sunday it was raining cats and dogs.

Running in the rain can be fun. No, really. As long as you're wearing comfortable clothes, it's actually quite fun to run around, splash in puddles, hear your shoes going squish, squish, squish with every step. Running a race in the rain can also be fun, as long as you're not shooting for a particular time. I was running for a particular time, so ... Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Running in the rain

Running in the 'Meda: Changing things up

What should you do if you're bored with your fitness routine?

This is a common problem for many of us. It is especially hard if we made a New Year's resolution related to fitness and now find ourselves two and a half months into the year without the results we were hoping to achieve. We finally make the effort to commit to a program of physical fitness (which we know is a good idea), but then, after some period of time, it gets monotonous. We begin to find excuses to not go to the gym, do our four-mile jog, or cycle around the Island. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Changing things up

Running in the 'Meda: A blast from the past

Since the title of this blog hints that I'll write about running here in Alameda, I thought I would take a step back into the past to see what the scene was like here and elsewhere in the East Bay and Bay Area. I recently learned that a series of running club newsletters - the NorCal Running Review - published from 1969 into the 1970s have been scanned and posted online. These club newsletters were the only publication covering the California running scene at the time, so they provide a fascinating look at what it was like back then. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: A blast from the past