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Album Review: “Vapor Trails” — Rush (2002)

Rush’s 2002 release Vapor Trails is a difficult album. It was, by all accounts, difficult for the band to record, taking over a year to produce after an extended period during which the band had effectively shut down. The album is also infamous for its unfortunate production quality; the audio is overly loud, distorted, cluttered, … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Dark Side 10K (4/16/2016), or: “The pleasant notion of miraculous change…”

The Inaugural 2016 Star Wars Dark Side 10K! There are a lot of exclamation point opportunities in that preceding… exclamation, but I’ll curtail my exclamatory tendencies to just a single pinpoint punctuarial proclivity. What an utterly strange way to start a race review… hrmph. Anyway so here we are in April of 2016, at the … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Race For Women’s Wellness Half Marathon (3/26/2016), or: “Ain’t it a shame to be shot down in flames…”

The Race For Women’s Wellness Half Marathon & 5K is held annually in Coral Springs, Florida, and all proceeds go to benefit The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. This fund provides free screening mammograms for women who cannot otherwise afford them. A great cause, to be sure, and as a smaller-sized local race, this was … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Excalibur 10 Miler (3/20/2016), or: “I’ve seen this place before and you were standing by my side…”

Isn’t it a marvelous melange of marketing maneuvering and meticulous manipulation that goes on when a race organization announces the start of a new “race series”? As in, “run this series of races over the course of this many months/years and we’ll give you extra bonus bling!” And people just jump in line like a … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon (2/28/2016), or: “You wanna do some livin’ before you die…”

The 2016 Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon was my second race with the Rock N Roll series of racing events, the first being the 2013 Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon in Washington, DC. I hit up that race back in 2013 and walked away mostly satisfied, but with significant issues in regard to the … Read more

We interrupt this woefully neglected blog for some news of an Applesque nature, or: “Here I am, again in this city…”

Yeah yeah, I’m way behind in everything here. Hokeyboy sucks nuts. I know. I’m about a third of the way into my write-up on the New Orleans Marathon, and I want that up as soon as possible. Bear with me gang. Until then, you can feast your eyes on this exciting piece of awesomeness: November … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon (2/14/2016), or: “You must be joking son, where did you get those shoes?”

In a first for me, I’m not really going to flap my gums TOO much about a race review. At least, not as much as I normally do. But that’s not to say that the 2016 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon wasn’t a quality race that deserves an awesome detailed, thoroughly researched, and lovingly presented … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Best Damn Race Safety Harbor Half Marathon (2/6/2016), or: “T’aint no big thing to wait for the bell to ring…”

The Sub-2 Half Marathon. For us steadfast middle-of-the-pack runners, the Sub-2 Half represents a significant Holy Grail. It’s the golden ring on the carousel. The Pick of Destiny. The Maltese Falcon (except not a fake). Detective Comics #27. Hank Mobley’s 1957 Blue Note 1568 LP in mint condition. And a whole bunch of other metaphors … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon (1/17/2016), or: “The heavens unfold, a new star is born…”

Longtime runners might understand this, but sometimes you can tell exactly how your race will go within the first five- to ten-minutes. And that’s basically how and when I first realized I was not going to PR at the 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… The Star Wars Half … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Star Wars 10K (1/16/2016), or: “Chasing shadows, moonlight mystery…”

When it comes to Run Disney races, I’ve always preferred the West Coast races at Disneyland to the East Coast races at Walt Disney World, mostly for three reasons: 1) They’re significantly less crowded, 2) The weather is much more comfortable for running, and 3) The courses (especially the 5K and 10K races) give you … Read more

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