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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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Race Review: 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon (1/10/2016), or: “Because where we’re goin’ there ain’t no stoppin’…”

Hi gang! The following race review was brought to you by our latest guest-reviewer at Hokeyblog, Steve. Steve hails all the way from the wacky wistful wilds of The Left Coast, he enjoys long walks on the beach, painting lurid sunsets, analyzing linguistic practices of those who opt-out of Myers-Briggs examinations, zestful morning showers, cuts … Read more

The 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon is a go, or: “I can see it in your face and it shows in your eyes…”

So uh… hi there. Happy New Year. If you’re into that sort of thing. Let’s just jump into things and get right to it. New year, new upfrontedness, new making up words, etc. Anyway, remember when I said I was skipping out on this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend? Yeah yeah, mea maxima culpa … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Run Rudolph Run” — Hanson (1997)

You know, I always kind of respected Hanson when they broke out, when was that, the late 90s? I’m a sucker for good pop music, and those three young brothers definitely had an ear for a strong hooks and catchy melodies. Plus they were an actual band, right? They weren’t a bunch of puffed-up prettyboys … Read more

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2015 On The Run and #RunWithAusten, or: “Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings…”

I’m not going to shy away from it; I’ve had an absolutely horrible week. It started with me getting a ridiculously horrible flu that knocked me flat on my ass for three days. And that was the good part. Just as I was starting to get back on the mend, the universe sucker-punched me right … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “I Saw Three Ships” — Don Dixon (2006)

Don Dixon produced some of the greatest power pop/alt pop/music PERIOD, including such seminal records as R.E.M.’s Murmur and Reckoning and The Smithereens Especially For You and Green Thoughts, and has worked with the likes of Matthew Sweet, Marshall Crenshaw, and The Connells, which means he’s responsible for a huge chunk of music over which … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” — Helix (2008)

It’s not Christmas without a little cheese metal, is it? I kind of like Helix’s take on the perennial holiday classic Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree. It doesn’t stand in the way of the melody, doesn’t try some massive reinterpretation of the song or the message; they just plug in and rock that sucker out. … Read more

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Book Review: “Redshirts” — John Scalzi (2012)

Redshirts by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK so I remember this one episode of Sanford & Son, in which the character of Fred Sanford actually met Redd Fox, the actor/comedian who played the role Fred Sanford on the show. I think I was about 7 or 8 when I saw this … Read more

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Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow” — Jethro Tull (2003)

It’s not the holiday season for me without some Jethro Tull. Something about Ian Anderson’s arrangements, soaring flute passages, and witching-hour vocals just evokes powerful imagery of, as C. S. Lewis might put it, the Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time; music with one foot in the Ancient Pagan world, but also one in … Read more

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