Archive for the 'running' Category

Support the 11foot8 Doughman Team

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

For the 4th year in a row, 11foot8 is sponsoring a team at this month’s Doughman race, the world’s premier quadrathlon. The race combines competitive eating, running, biking and watersports into an epic battle of will power and athleticism. The race is also a fundraiser for Durham’s educational community garden SEEDS. Once we raise $1000, […]

2014 Bull City Race Fest

Monday, October 20th, 2014

(Auf Deutsch) Sunday, I ran a half marathon (21.0975 KM/ 13.1094 mi) at the second annual Bull City Race Fest here in Durham. It was a beautiful fall weekend and when I arrived at the venue at 6:30 AM, temperatures were just below 50F/10C and temps had gone up to around 60F/16C by the time I left […]

Bull City Race Fest

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Today I left the house at 6:30 and headed to downtown Durham to for a run, together with 5800 other runners. It was the Bull City Race Fest and I had signed up for the half-marathon – 13.1 miles/21 KM. I knew it was going to be a difficult run for me because last weekend […]

Running a half-marathon

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

A month ago, I signed up for a half marathon run at the Durham Race Fest. I started training, mostly by going on long runs Sunday mornings, to see if I can actually cover that distance (21.1 KM). Sunday morning, I ran 21.5 KM (13m) along Guess Road and I really feel like I am […]

What a weekend …

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Phew … brutal weekend – I am hurting all over! Saturday morning Jacob and I did our usual 2 hours of Karate with Sensei Kevin. That’s usually pretty intense, but Saturday evening we also went bowling for 3 hours with 6 of Julia’s friends, to celebrate Julia’s 16th Birthday last week. Thank god they had […]

The Doughman 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

In this year’s edition of the Doughman Quadrathlon race, team Overheight When Flashing finished in 5th place! So for the third time in a row, we finished in the top ten of the Doughman. As far as I know, only two other teams have accomplished this: team Dain’s Place (hell, they OWN the Doughman) and […]

Doughman season again

Monday, March 4th, 2013

For the third time in a row and for the fourth time altogether, I have a team in the annual Doughman race here in Durham. Last weekend was the “guerrilla registration” where you could get a foot in the door of this popular race by guessing the restaurants that participate. The organizers posted clues on their Facebook […]

Doughman 2012

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

  Thanks to Suzanne Unger Young for the photos in this post The 2012 Doughman race was another great success for team @Overheight When Flashing@ – sponsored by We finished in 8th place, again, out of 82 teams this year – so again, like last year,  a top-ten-percent performance for our team at this […]

Doughman season

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Spring is here – and so is the Doughman! 9 days ago we had snow, but for the last few days the weather has been warm and spring-ish. And on Sunday I got my team registered for the Doughman race! So it’s definitely time for spring. Sunday I managed to guess correctly the restaurants involved […]

Recent articles about efficiency in running

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

In the NY Times, Christopher McDougall writes about barefoot running and raves about the merits of a 100-year-old training exercise called 100 Up: It was five months since I discovered W.S. George’s “100-Up,” and I’d been doing the exercise regularly. In George’s essay, he says he invented the 100-Up in 1874, when he was an […]

Ten miles barefoot

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Today, I ran along Guess Rd, five miles North to the Citgo gas station at S. Lowell Rd, and back … 10 miles (16KM). The weather was beautiful, but the road seemed a bit busier than normally on a Sunday morning. I was only planning to add a single mile to last week’s 8M run, […]

Eight mile run

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

A few weeks ago, they finished repaving Guess Road from Umstead Road to the Orange County line and I was really happy to see the nice, wide shoulder they built. They added about 2-3 feet on either side of this fairly busy rural, 2-lane highway. I used to bike up Guess Road to Little River Park […]

The Doughman 2011

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

We did it! Yesterday, the 11foot8 team @Overheight When Flashing@ participated in the Doughman – “the world’s premier Team Relay Quadrathlon” – and we finished in a very satifying 8th place (out of 75 teams). The race has 5 legs. Each leg starts with an eating challenge before the athlete goes on to run or […]

Doughman 2011 race

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

We’re in! I registered the 11-foot-8 Doughman team today – Team Overheight When Flashing! We’ll be competing on Saturday May 28th with 75 teams from all over the country in the DOUGHMAN race – the world’s premier Team Relay Quadrathlon, combining competitive eating with a traditional triathlon. Part of the challenge is also to raise […]

Running again

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Yesterday I ran 3 miles on the Al Buehler trail and I think I’ll make that a habit, again. I stopped running in May because of a fracture of a metatarsal bone in my right foot. I think I may have broken that bone practicing kicks on the old punching bag at the gymn … […]

Big running week

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Saturday thru Wednesday we were at the beach and besides lounging, eating and drinking beers I also did a fair amount of running. The weather was great – lower 70s, sunny with a pleasant breeze. So since last Sunday, I ran a total of 28.35 miles (45.62 km) in 5 runs – all barefoot of […]

Great weather = great running

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The last few days we had a bit of a spring-teaser and I was able to go out and run on some new and interesting ground. Friday (50F/10C sunny, dry) I did another lunch run in town, from my office to my favorite bar. And today (65F/18C sunny, dry) I did my first real trail […]

Winter running

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

I am getting cold feet. I knew this was going to happen – it’s the fundamental reason we do wear shoes. They protect our feet from the elements. And I am a wimp that way … I hate it when my feet are cold. Cold, wet feet is the worst. So yesterday I did just […]

Doughman Season

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Less than Six Months to the Doughman – the race is on May 29 – so I figured I’d kick off Doughman Season  with a nice lunch-run to Dain’s Place. Oh yeah, baby! Lunchtime rolled around on Friday, I got into my running shorts and jogged the 1.1 Miles to 9th Street. Barefoot, of course. […]

Reading about running

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Photo of Scott Jurek and Arnulfo Quimare in Copper Canyon, 2006. Courtesy Luis Escobar. Do humans suck at running? Apparently that’s what many experts in sports medicine think. Or is the human body actually perfectly adapted to endurance running and a lot of the running injuries are due to bad technique and expensive running shoes? […]