Friday, January 31, 2014

 
Solo run on the last day of January, 2014, in Lexington, MA

I run every day.
(At least a mile--every single day--
since January 1, 2013.)

On weekdays I run hills.
Steep hills.

And I run them alone.

As you can see from this photo, I enjoy these solo runs.

But not on the weekend!

Weekends were made for races!

Runners gather from miles around to
flow down the road like a river!

We frolic and leap like salmon swimming upstream!

A race is coming up on February 15:
The Love em or Leave em 5K in Malden, MA.

It has a terrific concept!
You run with a partner.

Maybe your romantic partner.
Maybe a friend or a family member.

But someone!  Your partner in a team.
And the two of you run the race.

You might run together.  
Or separately, at your own pace.

Whatever feels right.

At the finish line, your time will be added
to your partner's, to get a "Team Time."

Which, to be frank--
is beside the point.

Because once you cross the finish line
you'll be reaching out your hand--

--for a well-earned glass of beer or wine.
(If you are over 21.)

And that's why I'm begging you!

PLEASE!
Don't let me run alone!

I want a partner for this race!

If you enter the contest below,
you will have a chance to win a free race entry.

The winner gets to run for free.
He or she will not have to run at my pace.
I won't have to run at his, or hers.

We'll both run as fast as we can.
And after we cross the finish line,
we'll enjoy the post-race refreshments.

To enter your name in this contest,
please answer the following quiz:

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

"Run With Ken" has never run WHAT kind of race:

1)  Mt. Washington Road Race

2)  Boston Marathon

3)  5K Open Water Swim

4)  Olympic-distance Triathlon

5)  Halloween-themed race

6)  Valentines-day-themed race

-----------------------------------------------------------------------


I will pick one winner, from the correct entries 
received by 11:59 pm  EST on Friday, February 7.

(I will pick one winning entry from the comments to this blog,
merged with the submissions on Facebook and on Twitter.)

Good luck!

(P.S.  The winner won't have to run with me.

Maybe you're faster than I am.
Maybe I'm faster than you.

Just run as fast as you can!
I'll run as fast as I can.

At the the end, our finish times will be
totaled to give us a team score.

Then we'll raise a beverage together,

to salute our run!)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

At the Super 5K in Lowell, MA (February 3, 2013)

One of the great things about running
 is how it brings together people of all ages. 

In any race I might find myself sprinting next to
 grandparents and pre-teens...
all of us loving the race and the sheer act of running!

I took this photo as I ran in the Super 5K in Lowell, MA a year ago.
A terrific race!

(As you can see from the intensity and enthusiasm of these runners.
Just in this small group, their ages range from 12 to 61!)

The Super 5K is happening again this weekend.

When? 
 Why, on Super Bowl Sunday, of course!
(February 2, 2014)

It starts at noon, so you can run, 
enjoy post-race food and drink
(which includes beer, if you are over 21)...

...and get home in time for the game!

For more information visit the race website.
(You can register online right now...or Sunday at the race.)



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

At the Sharkfest 1-mile Swim Across Newport Harbor in Newport, RI (September 28, 2013)

(Scroll down to see the slow-motion video!)

I took this photo (and the video below) as I was swimming.
This swimmer was next to me.

Yes, I was swimming.  
Didn't stop or slow my pace.  After all, I was in a race!

Water temp was...shall we say?...COLD.
I swam without a wetsuit.
  
But most  swimmers were wrapped in neoprene.
 They were smart!

The 1-mile Sharkfest Swim Across Newport Harbor 
is one of a series of great swim races put on by Enviro-Sports.




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

At the Boston Barefoot Running Festival 5K in Boston, MA (September 14, 2013)

(Scroll down to see the video!)

I know it's bitterly cold where you are right now (January 28, 2014)--

--so I thought I'd give you a Tuesday Treat:

Runners at the 2013 Boston Barefoot Running Festival.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Scroll down to see the video!

(Note:  It might take a few seconds to load.)

Click on the video to pause it.  Click again to make it continue.




At the Fudgcicle 5K in  Tewksbury, MA (January 19, 2014)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This runner floats above the road...


...at the Fudgcicle 5K in 
Tewksbury, MA (January 19, 2014)

Have you ever felt this?
You're running as fast as you can--

but you feel as if you're in SLOW MOTION!

Here's a very short (2-second) video
that shows exactly what I mean.

(I slowed down the graceful running
of a very fast runner.)

Scroll down to see the video...

Note: 
It might take a few seconds for the video to load.

Click on the video to pause it.
Click again to make it continue.


 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Go to the gym?

Why bother!

In New England, you can run and get a core workout
without leaving your driveway!



Scroll down to see how Yankee ingenuity
turns winter snow into a full-body fitness regimen!


Note: 
It might take a few seconds for the video to load.

Click on the video to pause it.

Click again to make it continue.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Thank you for choosing to Run with Ken on so many races!

Road races
Trail races...
Mountain races...
Triathlons....
and Open Water Swim Races!

Of course, for most of you,
it's all been VIRTUAL.

(You've run with me online...
but not in the race.)

So now I want to invite you to something new.

And REAL!

On February 15 I will run a new race.  

A 5K that features scenery and 
very fine post-race refreshment.

(Are you over 21?  Then let me tell you that this race features
 beer and wine for the runners, after we cross the finish line!)

I have never run a race of this type before. 
 But I'm looking forward to it!

And here's the Very Cool part:

The race organizers have told me 
that I can invite one of you to join me!

Yes!

One of you can run this race on 
February 15, in Malden, MA, as my guest.

But you have answer a question first.

Take your time.

Each entrant gets ONE chance to enter this quiz.

Only one entrant will win.

So hold back.  Think this through.

Okay.  Here's the quiz.

I have run hundreds of races in recent years.  
All kinds of races.  
Open Water Swim Races.  
Triathlons.  
Road Races.  
Trail Races.
Nearly-vertical Mountain Races.

But there is ONE kind of race I have NEVER run!

Comment below to express your best guess 
about the type of race I have never entered...

...and you MIGHT be the winner who gets to 
run this upcoming race with me.

(Hint:  This race is on Feb 15.  
That's one day after Feb 14.  Yes.  Feb 14.)

Okay!  Here's the quiz:


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

"Run With Ken" has never run WHAT kind of race:

1)  Mt. Washington Road Race

2)  Boston Marathon

3)  5K Open Water Swim

4)  Olympic-distance Triathlon

5)  Halloween-themed race

6)  Valentines-day-themed race

-----------------------------------------------------------------------


Think it through!  

(Remember the hint.
Feb 15 is the day after WHAT DAY?)

Then enter your best guess in a comment below.

I will pick one winner, from the correct entries 
received by 11:59 pm  EST on Friday, February 7.

(I will pick one winning entry from the comments to this blog,
merged with the submissions on Facebook and on Twitter.)

Good luck!

(P.S.  The winner won't have to run with me.

Maybe you're faster than I am.
Maybe I'm faster than you.

Just run as fast as you can!
I'll run as fast as I can.

At the the end, our finish times will be
totaled to give us a team score.

Then we'll raise a beverage together,
to salute our run!)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lexington, MA after a snowstorm,  (January 19, 2014)

Is there anything more peaceful than the world
after a winter storm?

Houses and trees nestle under
an unblemished blanket of white.

But now the plows have cleared the road!

It's black.  
Empty.
And calling.

Do you hear it?

I heard the call and answered.

Sprinted down these sinuous streets.
Ran up these rolling hills.

Took some photos as I ran.

This is one.

Now that you've seen it, look outside.

There's a road or street outside your window.

Calling to you.

Do you hear it?

Heed the call!
Step outside.

Run or walk where your road takes you.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ken Skier running in a snowstorm in Lexington, MA
(January 18, 2014)


On January 13, 2014, at about 8:15 AM,
in Hanover County, Virginia,
a drunk driver killed Meg Cross Menzies:
a Boston Marathon runner and mother of three. 

She was doing everything right.
Facing traffic.  Running on the shoulder.
In full daylight.

But gone now.
Killed by an apparently drunk driver


That is all I have to say about her death.

Today, runners around the country 
are running "Miles for Meg" 
to celebrate her life.

Right now a snow squall is dumping more than
an inch of snow per hour in Lexington, MA.

But I don't mind.

Like thousands of runners across the country:
I run.

To celebrate her love of running.

I am so sorry, Meg.

I am sorry for how that drunk driver
shattered your family.

But as I run through this snow globe of swirling white,
I don't feel that I am alone.

#MegsMiles


(A camera I placed on the rail trail
captured this image.
So it is a self-portrait.)

Friday, January 17, 2014

At the Irish 5K in Pawtucket, RI (March 2, 2013)

The Irish 5K is the first of three races in the Tour de Patrick.

All three races have a St. Patrick's Day theme.

Which might explain why this runner is FLYING
 across the finish line.

(He may have heard about the post-race refreshment, 
for those of us over the age of 21.)


I was just a yard or two ahead of him when I took this photo.

(Yes, I was running.  I ran the whole race with a camera.
Didn't stop or slow my pace to take this photo. 
 I wanted that beer, too!)




Thursday, January 16, 2014

At the SRR Winter Challenge in Somerville, MA (January 12, 2014)

I was running up a long hill at the Somerville Road Runners
Winter Challenge, a 4.06 mile race over the raised spine 
of that fair city, when I sensed something very...odd.

A shadow on the ground told me a runner was 
coming up quickly from behind.

But I couldn't hear a sound!

No footfalls.  No feet slapping onto the street.
Just that shadow sliding effortlessly along.

Eerie.  Swift.  Silent.

So I glanced back.

Oho!

That's why the runner's feet made no sound.

He was running on AIR!

I knew no one would believe me, 
so I snapped this photo as I ran.

(He was just behind me when I took this photo.
Moments later, he passed me--silently as ever.)

Yes, I was running as I took this photo.
Didn't stop or slow my pace.
After all--I was in a race!



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lexington, MA (January 15, 2014)

I must be dreaming!

It's a wonderful dream.

The snow has melted and the wind no longer blows
directly down from the North Pole.

(The dreaded "Arctic Vortex.")

I don't need tights and a long-sleeved "technical" shirt.

The mercury has risen to 41 degrees!

Nature has granted us that most wondrous of gifts:
a January Thaw.

A little over a week ago I ran a race when the temp was 
seven degrees below zero.

(Wind chill made it feel much colder than that.)

I run every day in New England.
So I did not complain.

But when nature grants a gift like today's
41 degrees and sunshine, I am out the door like a shot!

Sorry.  I can't stay to chat.
This warm spell won't last forever.

Gotta run!




(These photos were taken by a camera I
had placed by the side of the road.
So they're self-portraits.)

At the SRR Winter Challenge in Somerville, MA (January 12, 2014)

Runners sprint up a long hill at the SRR Winter Challenge--
a great club race sponsored by the Somerville Road Runners (SRR).

This runner was just behind me when I took this photo.

(Yes, I was running as took the photo.
Did not stop or slow my pace.  After all--I was in a race!)

Why were we running so fast?

Because we knew that after crossing the finish line,

we'd get to enjoy a great BRUNCH put on by SRR!

At the Fudgcicle 5K in Tewksbury, MA (January 11, 2014)

I love the concentration on this runner's face.
Focused.

And fast!
She flew past me a moment after I took this photo.

(Yes, I was running as I took the photo.
Didn't stop or slow my pace.  After all--I was in a race!)


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

At the Fudgcicle 5K in Tewksbury, MA (January 11, 2014)

Some lucky runners aren't bound by gravity.

They float over the road.
FLY through the air!

...while I stride and struggle
and feel glued to the earth.

See this runner?
I don't think her feet ever touch the street!

She was just behind me when I took this photo.

(Yes, I was running.
Didn't stop or slow my pace.  After all--I was in a race!)


Sunday, January 12, 2014

At the Fudgcicle 5K in Tewksbury, MA (January 11, 2014)

Runners don't wait for a sunny day.

If we have the time--
(and we always make the time)--
we run.

Sun.  Rain.  Wind.  Snow.
We run.

At a beloved 5K that is known only to initiates,
we ran on wet roads.

The sky was the color of a dirty sponge.

We didn't care.
We were running!

These runners were just behind me when I took this photo.

(Yes, I was running.
Didn't stop or slow my pace.  After all, I was in a race!)

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