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2015: Copperman Triathlon

It was about a year ago that I had the first opportunity to be actually a part of Copperman Triathlon festivities, as a (slow running) member of Two Wolverines and a Badger, from inside rather than just looking on in from the outside. And if you have been fortunate enough to be in the start … Continue reading 2015: Copperman Triathlon

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2015: Hancock Canal Run Half Marathon

Hancock Canal Run signals the completion of two full years since I took to running half marathon distance and marks the beginning of year #3. Reasons to participate in this event haven’t really changed over these three years: a very well organized and attended race in my own backyard, potential to see and be with … Continue reading 2015: Hancock Canal Run Half Marathon

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2015: Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails

Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails marks the first multi-part running event — trail or otherwise — in its entirety that I have had the opportunity to progressively and continuously build an additional stage each year. The last two editions of this event, 2013 and 2014, had gone on to teach me quite a … Continue reading 2015: Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails

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2015: Baraga County Lake Trout Festival Half Marathon

Had everything I planned for 2015 — life and running events alike — panned out as I had planned, this particular journal entry should have been seeing the light of internet a few days later, and I should have been just about done exploring the wicked(ly awesome) wilderness in Forever West and Big Sky Country … Continue reading 2015: Baraga County Lake Trout Festival Half Marathon

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2015: Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon

The 2014 edition of this event made me the recipient of yet another unexpected, undeserved and unrewarded act of kindness from a lady at about the 11.75 mile mark. Courtesy of a miserably failed experiment — of using my body’s stored fat reserves in lieu of energy gels during the run — I was seeing … Continue reading 2015: Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon

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2015: Great Bear Chase 10k Classic XC Ski

The past year since the last edition of this home area event, except for the month of December 2014, has seen me ski at least a few kilometers every month we have had moderate to really good or excellent trail conditions. While signing up for this year’s edition didn’t cost me any brain cell at … Continue reading 2015: Great Bear Chase 10k Classic XC Ski

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2015: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

As noted in my looking ahead post posted several weeks ago, I had registered for several running events in 2015. Unlike the 2014 edition of this event, I procrastinated much less and was far more disciplined in keeping up with eating, sleeping and working out routine — in spite of being somewhat sick during the … Continue reading 2015: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

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2015: Looking ahead

As noted in my looking back post, 2014 running/racing season was quite memorable and I believe it has given me a decent base/foundation to build on. While my dear friends, at a recent Christmas gathering, summarized the lessons I learned in 2014 and those that I will learn in 2015 in one catchy phrase (see … Continue reading 2015: Looking ahead

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2014: Looking back

Much like 2013, life in 2014 too has been great — I still have my dream job and live in a place that I love amidst people with whom caring is more than a 2-way traffic. Thanks in greater part to my friends in and out of this community, and their unexpected and unrewarded acts … Continue reading 2014: Looking back

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2014: Madison Half Marathon

The decision to participate and do better in the 2014 edition of Madison Half Marathon was finalized several strides before I had even finished the 2013 edition. Support from dear friends, organizers, volunteers, law enforcement officials, members of communities and neighborhoods through which the course snaked around was quite overwhelming even though much of it … Continue reading 2014: Madison Half Marathon

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2014: Detroit Free Press Half Marathon

It was a chilly chilly day many many moons ago in February, and I was on my way to Ashland, Wisconsin, with dear friend Bryant to participate in my maiden cross country skiing race: The Book Across The Bay. Couple hours into our drive and almost near the Black Cat Coffeehouse, the Facebook app on … Continue reading 2014: Detroit Free Press Half Marathon

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2014: Mount Bohemia Trail Running Festival

Following the debacle in mid-July with Great Lakes Endurance folks in relation to the Grand Island Trail Half Marathon, the decision to not participate as a runner in the Porcupine Mountains Trail Half Marathon or any other race organized by the said folks ever again didn’t cost me more than a few brain cells. Contact … Continue reading 2014: Mount Bohemia Trail Running Festival

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2014: Blackrocks 5k and Marquette Half Marathon

I don’t have a specific reason or a story as to why I signed up for this race in early July, except that I was looking for half marathon events to get the count up to ten, and I wished to keep as many such events in the Yoop as possible. Marquette Marathon, not too … Continue reading 2014: Blackrocks 5k and Marquette Half Marathon

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2014: NPS Birthday Run 10k

From time immemorial to first week of May 2010, Isle Royale National Park was something that just existed in signs (boats, roadside and in Houghton county airport), in others’ travel journals hidden in the far — and sometimes dark — corners of the internet, in photographs, and often as a figment of my imagination. And … Continue reading 2014: NPS Birthday Run 10k

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2014: Ragnar Relay Great River with 200 Miles of SISU

Every once in a while the child (or the childishness) in me gets the better of me, and the day of Breakers To Bay in May 2014 was one such occasion. I happened to see a handful of my friends proudly wearing their hard-earned tee shirts to run the aforementioned race, and talk in high … Continue reading 2014: Ragnar Relay Great River with 200 Miles of SISU

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2014: Copperman Triathlon with Two Wolverines and A Badger

While I wouldn’t need more than the fingers in my two hands to count the number of Copperman Triathlons I have been a part of as a spectator or as occasional volunteer, there aren’t enough digits to count how many times I wanted to be part of it as a participant — at least since … Continue reading 2014: Copperman Triathlon with Two Wolverines and A Badger

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2014: Hancock Canal Run Half Marathon

Hancock Canal Run marks the completion of a full year since I took to running half marathon distance, and the first of its kind — half marathon at the same location — that I have participated more than once. It was quite the experience last year. Given the self-imposed goal to run ten half marathons … Continue reading 2014: Hancock Canal Run Half Marathon

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2014: Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails

Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails marks the completion of a full year since I took to organized trail running, and the first of its kind — trail running of the same distance and at the same location — that I have participated more than once. Remembering how much fun it was to be … Continue reading 2014: Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails

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2014: Baraga County Lake Trout Festival Half Marathon

I am not exactly sure as to why, at least at the time doing so in mid-May, I signed up for this race: there was no peer pressure, and I didn’t know any of my friends that had signed up either. Looking back, and thinking more about it, it probably had something to do with … Continue reading 2014: Baraga County Lake Trout Festival Half Marathon

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2014: Breakers To Bay

Following my lack-luster performance in Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon, dear friend Andi suggested that not using gels in longer runs might have played a key role in lack of sufficient energy towards the end, and dear friend Rob diagnosed my running posture and not only identified potential causes for such poor performance but also … Continue reading 2014: Breakers To Bay

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2014: Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon

As I noted in my previous entry, Door County Half Marathon, and in Looking Ahead for 2014 a while ago, partaking in the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon wasn’t necessarily a part of the plan when the 2013 running season ended, and when planning for the 2014 running season started. As disappointed as I was … Continue reading 2014: Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon

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2014: Door County Half Marathon

No more than 48 hours had passed since what was planned to be my first big city event and the last of organized running events for 2013, and a naive conversation started with a dear friend and a fellow participant in the said event. The said naive conversation soon turned into thoughts about participating in … Continue reading 2014: Door County Half Marathon

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2014: Great Bear Chase 10k Classic XC Ski

Having taken my skiing talents (or lack thereof) to the trails only three times, having already signed up to do the Book Across The Bay (thanks to peer pressure from dear friend, Bryant Weathers), my understanding — in late January — was that I would have made enough time to practice and gained more experience … Continue reading 2014: Great Bear Chase 10k Classic XC Ski

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2014: Book Across The Bay 10k Classic XC Ski

Courtesy of all my blabberings in social media outlets, Bryant Weathers got the wind of me acquiring a new pair of skis and shot off this email on a balmy fine Friday in January. I tried ignoring it for a while but it seemed to have some serious haunting features and just wouldn’t go away. … Continue reading 2014: Book Across The Bay 10k Classic XC Ski

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2014: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

As noted in my looking ahead post posted several weeks ago, I had registered for several running events in 2014. I even made plans to procrastinate less and continue running through the winter in preparation for the 2014 running season. But old habits die hard, I suppose. I could blame the end of semester activities … Continue reading 2014: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

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2014: Looking ahead

As noted in my looking back post, 2013 running season was my first ever running season and saw me run far more than I ever did in any previous year, make far less excuses — procrastination and/or otherwise — to not run than ever before, and get into a slightly better eating and sleeping routines. … Continue reading 2014: Looking ahead

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2013: Looking back

Life in general has been great in 2013 — I still have my dream job and live in a place that I love amidst people with whom caring is a 2-way traffic. Thanks in greatest of the great part to my friends, this year also became my first ever running season and saw me run … Continue reading 2013: Looking back

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2013: Madison Half Marathon

Making up mind to sign up for this race was the least painful task: last of the organized racing events for 2013, opportunity to travel, meet good ole friends and share some laughs, participate in my maiden half marathon outside my home state of Michigan and the first of its kind in a big city … Continue reading 2013: Madison Half Marathon

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2013: RunningChunk.com 5k

Yet another of those events — organized by dear friends, Josh and Nancy — that I had managed to find an excuse for its previous editions but was eagerly looking forward to participate in 2013 for more than one reason: opportunity to not make an excuse, (a short-ish) run for fun with many a colleagues, … Continue reading 2013: RunningChunk.com 5k

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2013: Porcupine Mountains Trail Half Marathon

Whatever momentum I thought I had gained in recent months of running and participating in organized events, I lost at least parts of it since the 2013: XTERRA Marquette Epic Triathlon with Team Winston. Part of it was due to the busy-ness of the new school semester and the responsibilities that come with it while … Continue reading 2013: Porcupine Mountains Trail Half Marathon

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2013: XTERRA Marquette Epic Triathlon with Team Winston

In an attempt to ride the momentum, if one could call that, that I had gained in the past six months of occasional running and participating in more than my fair share of organized running events — 5 mile Breakers to Bay, 10k Hodag Run, 6k Mt. Baldy Summit Run and a Half Marathon as … Continue reading 2013: XTERRA Marquette Epic Triathlon with Team Winston

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2013: Hancock Canal Run Half Marathon

It is the first time in my life that I have had the opportunity utilized the opportunity to participate in organized running events on back to back weekends. It is also the first time in my life that I have had the opportunity utilized the opportunity to participate in the same organized running event for … Continue reading 2013: Hancock Canal Run Half Marathon

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2013: Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails

It has been another two weeks since Hodag Run – a 10k race in Rhinelander, WI, the heart of the Hodag Country. Preparations for this one were just like that for Hodag Run – apart from (minimal) running around of bases in softball and/or at work, I didn’t make time for any. Several moons ago, … Continue reading 2013: Run The Keweenaw, A Festival of Trails

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2013: Hodag Run

It has been almost a month since Breakers To Bay – a 5 mile race from Houghton Breakers to Oskar Bay and about the same amount of time since the last run of any kind, not counting running around the bases and/or in the outfield in softball, and/or at work. Persistent and nagging dry cough … Continue reading 2013: Hodag Run

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2013: Breakers To Bay

It has been quite a while since I raced in a race of any kind — the last one being nearly three years ago, the 35th edition of Hancock Canal Run. Life has changed quite a bit since then — for I have been watching my figure (grow) and weight (be described by a monotonically … Continue reading 2013: Breakers To Bay

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Hail to the spartans victors … for the 900th time, eh!

Football was rather an unfamiliar entity even after the first couple years in the US, partly because I honestly didn’t know that it even existed and partly because – my conclusions from an catching an occasional glimpse or two on television were that it was just a sport in which big dudes mindlessly ran into … Continue reading Hail to the spartans victors … for the 900th time, eh!

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[Another] Perfect Season In Review

It was Thursday, 13th August 2009, the day we, as a team, played just well enough to keep our slates clean and win the Michigan Tech Graduate Softball League Championship. And in festivities that followed in The Downtowner Lounge in Downtown Houghton, a manager of our team [yes, we do have a few – each … Continue reading [Another] Perfect Season In Review

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A Not So Perfect Season But Mission Accomplished

Grief … most would define it as the feeling of loss – usually something that happens in our mind and body when something we hold ever so close to ourselves is lost. It happened to a bunch of us, one more time that we ever wanted to experience &/or remember, last year during the Copper … Continue reading A Not So Perfect Season But Mission Accomplished

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Hancock Canal Run 2010

It was little under a year ago, July 18th, 2009 to be precise, that I saw many a good friends [Brian, Cal, Ian, Laura, Nils and more] effortlessly run past the (34th Annual) Hancock Canal Run finish line that my mind sew the seeds of being one such in its 35th edition. Training [if it … Continue reading Hancock Canal Run 2010

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A Perfect Season In Review

It was Saturday, 9th May 2009 – and the weatherman had predicted mostly cloudy weather with highs of around upper 40s and Sun was expected to make a guest appearance or two. About halfway through our first practice session, weather conditions made a fool of weatherman’s prediction and fairy tale like snow flakes gave our … Continue reading A Perfect Season In Review

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THE JINX IS BROKEN … On National Television!!!

As weird as it might sound, none of the men’s team from my school, Michigan Tech, had ever beaten a men’s team from our arch rivals, Northern Michigan, when I was part of the audience. I thought it had to do with my physical presence in the gym but apparently watching them over the internet … Continue reading THE JINX IS BROKEN … On National Television!!!

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Season As A Stray Mac

For those that have known me for last six years or so, my obsession with softball is nothing new. I love this game so much so that holy spirits have been taking a back seat from early Spring till late Fall for the last couple years (thanks to a dear someone who solved the mystery … Continue reading Season As A Stray Mac

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An Evening In Yankees Universe

The Days (Years) Leading Up To The Day It was the mid 90s – while much of our community was enjoying the new found concept of Satellite TV (Star Sports, BBC, CNN and Chinese Entertainment were the only satellite channels on the menu), the concept of TV itself – as was everything else that had … Continue reading An Evening In Yankees Universe

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One Day In Lambeau Field

Warning OK, before I go on to write anything about my experience on this day, I am obligated to warn you that the much (or almost all of the material) contained pertains to National Football League (a.k.a. American Football, Pile-Up Game, or whatever else you may know it as…) and that you may not appreciate … Continue reading One Day In Lambeau Field