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A course never quite looks the same way twice. The combinations of weather, season, light, feelings and thoughts that you find there are ever-changing.
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A lesser but still fundamental rule of racing is that you properly enter the event. Anyone who doesn't but still insists on running interferes with the paying customers.
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Almost any watch will do a basic timing job. All you really need is one that freezes time at the end of your run.
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Buzz has reduced my range. Running safely with him means using fewer and shorter routes, with multiple laps per day or multiple returns there per week. Neither of us minds repeating ourselves. This is what runners do.
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His name, Buzz, fits. He can buzz along at 40 miles an hour when his genetic memory moves him.
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I continue to run by the watch for better reasons. These have to do with easing down and making friends with time.
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I feared the verdict of the watch, where I either lost the race against time that day or would lose it soon by making the record even harder to break. The time trap had snapped shut.
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I was joking but he took responded seriously: 'I would know, and I couldn't live with myself knowing that I'd only run 97 miles or whatever.'
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I'm in constant search of new information and ideas, and I want to make the best of this short time that we're out here on this planet living this nebulous thing called life. And I want to plant a few trees along the way and nurture some minds and watch them grow, as people did for me.
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I've lived nearby since 1981 and probably have averaged one run a week there. That's more than 1000 repetitions, and I have yet to tire of this course.
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In fact, the bandits steal the drinks and assistance provided along the course. Worse, they cross the finish line and mess up the scoring of legitimate runners.
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Our bond is our shared status as retired racers. Before joining my family, he had a brief professional career - on the greyhound track.
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Our favorite: a former garbage dump converted into a riverside park. I first ran there more than 30 years ago when a marathon passed through this park that later became home to Pre's Trail.
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Ours is a life of constant reruns. We're always circling back to where we'd we started, then starting all over again. Even if we don't run extra laps that day, we surely will come back for more of the same another day soon.
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Since Buzz joined my runs, I too have run more laps - slower and bigger ones than he might otherwise do, but laps just the same.
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Some readers question this unvarying routine. Ed himself says that he feels safe in his on his everyday route because 'I know every pothole on my lap.
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Someone who doesn't know these courses as you do might think they would get old after the 99th repetition. Not so.
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Speed eventually neared its peak. The records forced me to work ever harder to drop a less and less time. These time trials came to feel like races, which are fun to run sporadically but not daily.
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That time is important. It gives a comforting illusion of permanence not found in running by the mile.
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That's how most of us would feel. But the sport has a few deviants without consciences.
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The cheats tried to steal prizes that belonged to someone else. In some cases these have been cash awards, in which case the thief deserved to be arrested (though none has been yet).
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The Chip also reduces the damage done by bandits. They still steal drinks and cheers along the course, but no longer scramble the paying runners' results. No entry fee, no Chip, no time or place.
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The hours, minutes and seconds stand as visible reminders that your effort put them all there. Preserve until your next run, when the watch lets you see how Impermanent your efforts are.
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The natural urge when running a distance is to push harder and finish sooner - to race against time. Every second behind a deadline is a little defeat.
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The records fell easily at first. Dozens of seconds peeled away with every running of a course, and I could hardly wait for the next chance to improve.
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The results would have stayed on the watch face until the batteries died. But trying to make time stand still this way would have been a mistake. It is just as important to erase times eventually as to save them at first.
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These thieves defend themselves by saying, 'I was there all the time, and the officials missed me.' Favorite excuses for missing surveillance checkpoints: jacket covered the number took off the shirt with the number hidden in a crowd.
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They trained mostly by time periods, checking their pace for known distance only on special occasions.
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This act demonstrates graphically a turning away the past and moving ahead. You now get to refresh your time in a friendly way by running with the watch instead of against it or away from it.
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Time means a great deal to every runner. It means everything to me, because most days miles don't count; only minutes do.
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When instinct kicks in now, he bolts into high gear and dashes invisible laps for a minute or two before dropping back to my pace.
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When running to fill a time quota, however, the reverse happens. You can't make that time pass any faster by rushing, so you settle into a pace that feels right to you at the moment. Each minute above a quota is a little victory.
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Where did you run today? Now there's a question you don't often hear.
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Yet the home courses are where you spend dozens to hundreds of hours a year. You must choose them well.
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