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Mondays With Dale T: The Enduring Legacy of Friendship

Dale Tusen was a husband, father of 3 young children, brother, pharmacist, avid cyclist, and a friend to many across the globe. Dale was also an easy man to love and admire, especially in the sometimes fickle world of online friendship, where many friends are here today and gone tomorrow. That … [Continue Reading]

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Brian Adkins Finishes 4th in Age Group at the 2013 Jim Gibbons 5k; Misses Podium Finish by 11 Seconds

First 5k event since the Fleet Feet Chicago Trick or Treat Trot on Sunday, October 30, 2011.  Finished 4th out of 17 in Age Group; 23:54 overall timing, 7:42 pace: 7:53, 7:40, 7:43, 6:19 (.10). On the evening of Monday, June 11, 2012, I left the house enroute to Walgreen’s to pick up some … [Continue Reading]

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SHOE REVIEW: Newton MV2 Men’s Racing Flat

After I announced my initial success transitioning from the Nike Air Pegasus to the lighter minimalist Brooks Pure Flow in early-December, I received a note from a fellow runner and "sounding board" partner; recommending that I'd try Newton's Light Weight Neutral Trainers. Proving that timing is … [Continue Reading]

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My New Normal: Life After Ditching Coffee Creamer

At the beginning of 2009, I regularly consumed about 8 cups of coffee a day, loading it up with one tablespoon of whatever coffee creamer was available and one package of artificial sweetener. You do the math: 30 calories in one tablespoon of generic creamer multiplied by 8 coffee cups per day = … [Continue Reading]

You Tube Video: MARATHONBrian’s 2013 Shoe Donation Mission

Out of the darkness........into the light. Many runners and event competitors have tons of shoes and race gear piling up in dark closets seeking a new home worldwide. Your contribution to MARATHONBrian's 2013 Shoe Donation Mission will allow us to bring these items into the light and … [Continue Reading]

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Brian Adkins Finishes 4th in Age Group at the 2013 Jim Gibbons 5k; Misses Podium Finish by 11 Seconds

First 5k event since the Fleet Feet Chicago Trick or Treat Trot on Sunday, October 30, 2011.  Finished 4th out of 17 in Age Group; 23:54 overall timing, 7:42 pace: 7:53, 7:40, 7:43, 6:19 (.10). On the evening of Monday, June 11, 2012, I left the house … [Continue Reading]

You Tube Video: MARATHONBrian’s 2013 Shoe Donation Mission

Out of the darkness........into the light. Many runners and event competitors have tons of shoes and race gear piling up in dark closets seeking a new home worldwide. Your contribution to MARATHONBrian's 2013 Shoe Donation Mission will allow us to bring … [Continue Reading]

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MARATHONBrian Kicks Off 2013 Shoe Donation Mission

I receive a ton of e-mails from runners and athletes worldwide who would die to have old race shoes and event clothing that many of us toss in the closet without a second thought. So I've decided to spearhead a mission that will allow us to collect and … [Continue Reading]

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Brian Adkins Finishes 9th Overall at the C4 Miles (4-Mile) Race; First Overall Top-10 Event Finish; Finished 3rd in Age Group

Finished ninth (9th) out of 110 timed runners; first overall top-10 event finish; finished 3rd in age group (fourth overall age group podium finish). Established a new Personal Record (PR) for the continuous 4-mile distance, eclipsing a 34:05 event … [Continue Reading]

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Brian Adkins Sets New Personal Record at the 2013 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle; First Running Event PR Since October, 2011

New Personal Record (PR) for the 8k distance, eclipsing timing at the 2010 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle by 5 Minutes and 32 Seconds (5:32). First running event PR since the 2011 Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011.  Largest PR timing improvement since … [Continue Reading]

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My New Normal: My Evolution from Junk Food to Whole Foods

In early spring of 2011, a writer interviewed me for a fundraising profile piece where I recounted my evolution from being burned-out and out-of-shape at the end of 2009 to eventually running in my first marathon in October, 2010. By the time of the … [Continue Reading]

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The Power of Habit: How a Woman Changed a Bad Habit, Changed Her Life, and Became a Marathoner

One morning, 30-year old Lisa Allen awoke disoriented and lit a plastic pen, mistakenly thinking it was a Marlboro cigarette. A habitual smoker since age 16, the smell of burning plastic jolted her and unleashed a "wave of sadness" she expressed by crying … [Continue Reading]

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SHOE REVIEW: Brooks Pure Connect Men’s Running Shoe

On Sunday, October 7, 2012, I turned right onto Roosevelt Road from Michigan Avenue in the final stretch of the 2012 Chicago Marathon. After crossing the finish line and leaving the marathon grounds, I headed home and removed the Brooks Pure Connect's that … [Continue Reading]

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SHOE REVIEW: Brooks Pure Flow Men’s Running Shoe

In late-October, 2011, I officially stopped wearing Nike Air Pegasus +26′s; my primary training and event shoe since February, 2010. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly as the Pegasus played an important role in my recovery from foot injuries and … [Continue Reading]

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Mondays With Dale T: The Enduring Legacy of Friendship

Dale Tusen was a husband, father of 3 young children, brother, pharmacist, avid cyclist, and a friend to many across the globe. Dale was also an easy man to love and admire, especially in the sometimes fickle world of online friendship, where many friends … [Continue Reading]

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