Year: 2017

Self-experiment: No Coffee

My parents are British, we always drank tea. I tried coffee a few times, but I didn’t like it until I was 25. How I Started Drinking Coffee When I was 25, I lived in Sydney. I started going with friends to a cafe in Newtown called Campos. We all ordered coffee. I had one… Read more »

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How I ran a marathon to train for a marathon

“The best way to train for a marathon… is to run a marathon.” – Thomas Jefferson (just kidding) “Second weddings are a triumph of optimism over experience.” – Samuel Johnson A Moment of Clarity I was in the Cotswolds for a friend’s second wedding. His father looked much older than I remembered. My friend’s father… Read more »

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How I ran my first half-marathon

  My first half-marathon was the Moscow Half-Marathon 2015. I had run a half-marathon distance on a treadmill a few times in the past, but never on the street. As I approached the end of my training I pushed out a long run on the street to 22km (13.6mi) just to make sure I could… Read more »

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How I Started Running With Confidence

I needed confidence to run the Moscow Marathon. My previous attempts to run the Moscow Marathon were abandoned before I even started the races. Now I had a confidence deficit. In 2013, an eye exam a month before the marathon revealed retinal tears in both eyes. This required immediate treatment (laser photocoagulation) and several months… Read more »

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How I Almost Ran A Marathon

  The Los Angeles Marathon would be tomorrow. It was 10pm, raining heavily and I was still in San Diego. The year was 1999 and I was 18 years old. My friend Eric D asked me: “What do you want to do?” He was my only friend who had run a marathon (or two). His accomplishment… Read more »

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