ramblings about running, teaching, and life

Slurpees and Mountain Dew Saved My Life

  I ran a little race this past weekend.  A 12 hour, One Mile With a Smile in Oak Grove Park. Honestly, I am a bit disappointed but thrilled at the same time.  If that’s possible.  I had a plan and a goal.  2-3 weeks ago, the temps here in Va Beach were sitting in […]

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Stepping out of the classroom (kinda)

Those that work with me know that last year I applied for a job and I didn’t get interviewed.  Nothing.  Talk about being humbled.  Here I was on top of the world, feeling great about myself, and got a dose of reality handed to me. I don’t take setbacks as a sign to give up. […]

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Fear

I fear the pressure gets too much. I fear that my kids have too much on their plate. I fear we push them towards an end goal that is meaningless. I fear that we are too worried about a test that doesn’t measure true knowledge. I fear that a test driven society will never understand […]

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Losing sight of the goal

Today was a tough pill to swallow.  I looked at my kids as a number.  As data, as a result of a test. I can’t remember the last time I did that.  Usually I can distinguish between the two. Usually, I can look at the numbers and remember the faces behind them. Today, I saw […]

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I have a confession

I am a runner. There, I said it.  I know it’s a shock to some.  🙄😏 But lately, it seems to be called into question.  I can’t tell how many times I’ve been told over the last year that I run too much, or I only hang out with my “running” friends.  I’ve been told […]

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Singletrack Maniac 50k

  So there I was, at beer school on a Thursday night about 5-6 weeks ago, discussing the finer things in life.  Running, beer, recovery, did i say beer.. the usual. Steve, JP and I were talking and discussing what was next for us.  JP had his back to back marathons of Rock’n’Roll DC and […]

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Looks like your getting fat Mr. Hodapp

howie

February 24, 2017

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Ok, I’ll be honest. If this wasn’t from one of my favorite kids, I’d be mad.  But she meant it in good humor, and of course she was right.  I did run a 100 miler 3 weeks ago, so I’ve been relaxing a good bit, getting my body the rest it deserved.  4 ultras in […]

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Rocky Raccoon 100

howie

February 11, 2017

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I had the standard race report all ready to go, describing in great detail the highs, the lows, and all the miles in between and just leaving it at that. This won't be that exactly. I finished JFK 50 Miler and was almost too emotional, I broke down in tears. This time, I didn't feel that way at all.

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