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Yup, we’re doing this again, or: “I am Superman and I can do anything…”

OK we’re off to Disneyland again for the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. As I type this we’re 35,000 ft. in the air, on our way from Fort Lauderdale to LAX, and I’m like the coolest husband in the world (for the next 10 minutes) because I surprised Boots with First Class tickets on Virgin America. … Read more


Book Review: “The Fold” — Peter Clines (2015)

More fun with Goodreads. Why not? The Fold by Peter Clines My rating: 4 of 5 stars About 80% of the way through reading The Fold, all I could think to myself was “For the love of all that’s holy, PLEASE stick the landing. You’ve been so damn good so far, don’t screw it up … Read more


Just when I’m weaning myself off Run Disney…

… they go ahead and pull THIS on me: YES I’m going to the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland in Anaheim in January, 2016. YES I said I was ramping down on the Disney races to focus on other race adventures. YES this is going to be overpriced and overcrowded and, when you … Read more


My Chicago Marathon Training Directives, or: “You’re backseat driving and your hands ain’t on the wheel…”

So at the risk at sounding a wee bit solipsistic, I’m sure the $64,000 Question on your mind right now is, “How’s your Chicago Marathon training going, Hokeydude?” If you recall from last April, I was a wee bit overjoyed upon learning that I got a lottery entrance into the 2015 Chicago Marathon — my first … Read more

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Disney Running Logo for the 2015 Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, or: “Make sure the fortune that you seek is the fortune that you need…”

Well I mean, you knew it was coming, right? For those new to the entire Hokified-lifestyle experience simulacrum, a bit of catch-up: every time we participate in a Run Disney race event, we design a custom race shirt for the event. Well, not every time; we didn’t create shirts for the 2012 Twilight Zone Tower Of … Read more


Book Review: “Armada” — Ernest Cline (2015)

Trying something with Goodreads. Let’s see how this works out: Armada by Ernest Cline My rating: 2 of 5 stars Alien invasions! Video games! Loner angry kid with single mom as hero! Sci-fi, fantasy, action movie references! Wish fulfillment 101, get your seats, buckle up, and hang on for the ride of your life! I … Read more

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Some Disneyland Half Marathon weekend stats and info, or: “I longed to speak but did not dare…”

Happy Friday, Hokeyfolk. Let’s get the grumpy stuff out-of-the-way: as much as I tried, as much as I prayed, as much as I was absolutely convinced that it was gonna be a done deal, I didn’t make it into the Big Sur Marathon lottery. Phooey! and Fiddlesticks!! And… you know, it’s not that big a deal. … Read more

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Jeff Galloway’s Training & Motivation Tips #9, or: “Some feel the heat and decide that they can’t go on…”

Ask any runner how much they enjoy training over the summer, and they’re likely to beat you to death with a pair of overpriced running shoes. But don’t let a catastrophic irrational fear of fatality via Hoka One-One frighten you off of the subject. We can talk summer heat training without being strangled by an enraged … Read more


Album Review: “2112” — Rush (1976)

After the commercial failure of 1975’s Caress Of Steel and the ensuing disappointment of the resulting “Down The Tubes” tour, Rush was teetering on a precipice. Their album sales, pre-COS, were respectable but not exactly lighting up the stratosphere. Now with their first commercial dud, the label was on the verge of dropping the band … Read more


I’m a Best Damn Race Ambassador, and what this means for YOU! or: “I’m burnin’ aviation fuel, my foot’s to the floor…”

Well this feels so gosh darn… adult. And I mean that in a “grown up, mature” way, and definitely NOT in a “trying to unscramble a late-night cable signal in 1983 using a bunch of analog knobs as to get a hint of naughty bits” sort of way. Gauche, really. Moving on… Over the past … Read more