Thursday, March 27, 2014

up-cloose action photo of open water swimming at the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon--sports photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, the Running and Swimming Photographer
At the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

At first glance this might look like the long snaking neck
 of the elusive Loch Ness Monster...

...but it is the long, neoprene-clad arm of a swimmer...
REACHING as he swims past the first buoy 
in the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon.

(The Cranberry Sprint is part of the Cranberry Trifest--
a weekend of races that also includes an Olympic-distance Tri.
These terrific races are produced by Sun Multisport Events.)

I took this photo as I was swimming.

Yes, I was swimming.

I had a number marked on my upper arm, and
like the other athletes I was swimming as fast as I can.

But unlike the other athletes, I swam with a
small camera in my hand--and took photos of the
other swimmers as I was open water swimming, myself.

(No, I didn't stop or slow my pace.
After all--I was in a race!)

See you at the finish line!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Trail at Horn Pond in Woburn, MA (March 24, 2014)

According to the calendar, 
Spring began a couple of days ago.

Tell that to the thermometer!  

(It was just 12 degrees this morning, 
and remains below freezing despite the bright sun.)

But the snow is mostly gone from the trails,
so today I ran through the woods 
on my first trail run of the year.

What joy to run on dirt!

(Yes, I took this photo as I ran.
I didn't stop of slow my pace.
After all--I was out for a run! :)


And look at this!

The pond is still encased in ice...



...but here's a promising area of open water!



Soon the ice will be gone, 
and New Englanders will be 
open water swimming again!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014



We've had a LOT of snow this winter!
I haven't been able to run barefoot for months.

But tomorrow is the first day of Spring!
Soon I'll be running barefoot again.

So today--
before the snow is gone for good--
I celebrate with a barefoot walk in the white stuff.

Happy feet!

Walking BAREFOOT in the snow

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

At the 2013 Green Stride St. Patty's 5K/10K & Pub Crawl in Salisbury, MA

Look at them go!
These runners are tearing up the road on fast, flat course.

(They were just behind me when I took this photo.
Yes, I was was running.  Didn't stop or slow my pace.
After all--I was in a race!)

After the race, we all enjoyed very fine brews
at a local pub.

Sunday, March 9, 2014



New Englanders are a hardy bunch!

We cheerfully endure blizzards...
bitter cold that should shatter glass...

...because we know that after Winter--
somehow Spring will come.

(Don't check your calendar.
Spring does not come on March 21.
It comes on the first day of Daylight Savings Time!)

So it is with great Joy and Lightness of Spirit
that this runner bounds past snowbanks
on the Minuteman Rail-Trail in Lexington, MA.

Early this morning we flung the clocks forward!

It is Spring now.

Run, my friends.
Run!

Running on the First Day of Daylight Savings Time!  Lexington, MA (March 9, 2014)


Monday, March 3, 2014


Look at him go!

This runner is flying the final yards to the finish line
at the 2014 Black Cat Road Race in Salem, MA.

The next runner won't come along for almost a minute!
So, by a huge margin, he wins the 10-mile race.

(I was running in the same race...
but much farther back on the course!)

A camera I'd placed near the finish line
recorded this terrific finish by Samuel Jurek.

Go, Samuel!


The Winner of the 2014 Black Cat Road Race, running to the finish line in Salem, MA.
At the 10 mile Black Cat Road Race in Salem, MA (March 1, 2014)

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