Running Probably

Paul Flannery
Real running for real people
Created 28 Nov 2020
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  • Friday Ramble 10/15/21
    15 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 8
    This week: Family hikes, lunges and the art of proprioception, plus a new way to think about an old dish. JAFFREY, NH -- Rising 3,165 feet above sea level, Mt. Monadnock is the tallest mountain peak i...
  • Into the Void, Slowly
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 6
    I was wondering how long it would take until someone asked the question that had been on my mind ever since crossing the finish line at the Vermont 50. It came last week via text from my dear friend a...
  • Friday Ramble 10/08/21
    08 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 12
    In Tuesday’s post, I noted experiencing a decent amount of post-run soreness following the 50-miler. That was to be expected, obviously, and it was fascinating to observe my body work through the vari...
  • The big 50 mile epiphany
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 11
    I was going to call this post, ‘Final Thoughts on the Vermont 50,’ but that would be lying because I’m going to be thinking about that race for a long time. It was an experience that simply can’t be r...
  • What it felt like to run 50* miles
    30 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 24 22
    BROWNSVILLE, Vt. -- We arrived at the race around 5 a.m., more than an hour before the start to beat the traffic and attend the pre-race briefing. The “we” in this story refers to my wife, who was the...
  • Why I’m running 50 miles
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 8 20
    I’m running 50 miles on Sunday because I want to know what it feels like. I mean, I have a pretty good idea. My quads are going to be trashed, my stomach will probably blow up, and there may be times ...
  • Race prep with Avery Collins
    21 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 5 11
    Training for the Vermont 50 was the hardest, and most rewarding, thing I’ve ever done with running. There were grueling tempo workouts on the Appalachian Trail and high-speed intervals where I blew aw...
  • Friday Ramble 09/17/21
    17 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 6
    This week: Ultra inspiration, outdoor Wednesdays, and a bout of blister panic. Once upon a time, in what feels more like an idyllic dream than reality, four uniquely talented runners set off on a 100-...
  • The strange practice of tapering
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 8
    I woke up Monday morning full of energy and light. My legs felt amazing, my head felt clear, my body felt extraordinary. After dropping my son off at school, I contemplated the totality of the univers...
  • Friday Ramble 09/10/21
    10 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 13
    This week: Handling the physical, mental, and familial strain of big training blocks. I was feeling pretty good about things last Sunday after knocking out a breezy 18-miler on a perfect overcast morn...
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