running: MADD Dash - One for the Record Book! - 11/08/09 02:46 AM
Seems we all slow down with age and as my training has escalated over the past few years it has been frustrating to see my best running time was before I joined Team in Training and really learned about the importance of variation on runs. 
Last week at this time I was in the early miles of my slowest marathon in NYC.  Pat Murray and I planned to do the Miami Marathon but we never talked about how to approach the race so on marathon morning we went our separate ways,  in NY we decided to set an nice pace and … (12 comments)

running: Running and Improving the Pace - 09/15/07 12:26 PM
As I approach the two year mark since beginning my walking / running exercise routine I began to stagnate.  Since there is no long term baseline for performance I wasn't sure if the normal aging process slows you down as the years tick away but I knew my speed was slowing is because I track way to much data.
Being a numbers nut everything is dumped into Excel and being a gadget guy the data has increased this year.  Last Christmas my newest toy was a heart rate monitor and about that time I gave up carrying the hand held GPS because the batteries didn't last very long … (15 comments)

running: New Haven Road Race - USA 20k Championship! - 09/03/07 10:24 AM
The results are in for the 30th Annual New Haven Road Race.  Weather this year was perfect... a crisp Labor Day morning with blue sky and sunshine that brought out a record number of runners exceeding 5,000 for a day at the races. 
Events began with the Half Mile Children's Run around the Green.   The new earlier start time of 8:15 allowed more adults to cheer the 280 kids on to finish their race.  Rounding the corner of Temple & Elm with a commanding lead was 13 year old Jeffrey Raucci who crossed the finish line in at 2:52 running at a pace of under … (11 comments)

running: How many calories do you need? - 07/28/07 02:11 PM
Those of you that follow my blog or that of our Fitness Club Queen know we have been discussing eating habits for quite some time.  Suzanne follows strict rules that if I understand correctly says something like if it tastes good don't eat it.  I on the other hand have always had a hefty appetite and although I try to eat healthier I do not banish any foods and on occasion still enjoy some thousand calorie snacks.
The other day while out with some guys I had a larger than usual lunch, Pepe's Pizza, four of five slices if I counted right.  Later … (16 comments)

running: My Rainy Run - 07/19/07 04:28 PM
My streak of running in the rain continued tonight with a few spectators on the sidelines to witness my slower than expected finish time.   About 4:00pm the thunder started rumbling and the rains began to fall. I was hoping it would pass but when I arrived on Main Street in Middletown it was pouring. 
Normally my wife does not attend any of the races but she planned on hanging out with George Souto at the festival.  Due to the heavy rain and slightly behind schedule arrival we didn't have a chance for photo's before the run but managed a few at the end.
George thanks … (21 comments)

running: Heart Rate Training - 06/26/07 10:43 AM
It has been 6 months since Christmas when I received a heart rate monitor and began a more scientific approach to running.  Now I'm looking at my historical data without seeing improvement, actually it seems I slowed down.
During 2006 my training consisted of running against the clock.  For the first half of the year I'd do the same course around my neighborhood and by summer I developed a new route adding a few miles.  Once the cooler weather of fall arrived I combined both routes into a long run.  Training was up to 5 days a week with about 30 miles of running.
My first … (14 comments)

running: Approaching my first Half Marathon - 06/08/07 12:28 PM
Do you have trouble finding time for your exercise routine? 
In the fall of 2005 I started walking and completed my first 2 mile event at the Madison Turkey Trot with the first snow of the season covering the ground. 
One year later my long distance goal was the 5 miler on Thanksgiving Day in Madison.  No snow at the 2006 race but instead we had a hard rain with 30 mph winds and a temp of 40. Even with the chilly conditions I ran in shorts and managed to maintain my 5k pace for the 5 mile rainy race.
Back in January before I discovered ActiveRain … (25 comments)

running: Training – Speed or Distance or Both - 05/07/07 01:52 AM
Although my branding of "Dan the Running Man" is catching on quickly I am still a novice runner and have not figured out exactly how I should be training to improve my performance.  My first 5k was in December of '05 with a pace of nearly 11 minutes per mile followed by a week of limping around the office.  During the winter months I continued to train and ran 19 races in 2006, mostly 5k's and the longest being 5 miles.
I have always been somewhat of a gadget guy and a numbers nut.  Admittedly I got to be quite a site … (5 comments)

running: The Connecticut Shoreline lost Dave Parcells - 04/23/07 02:11 AM
On Saturday April 21, 2007 the Connecticut Shoreline lost the King of Tampa Bay. 
Dave Parcells died competing in his first choice sport, swimming - in Tampa Bay.
I don't recall when I first knew Dave, maybe 1st or 2nd grade, we grew up in the same area of West Haven and attended St. Louis Parochial School.  The school contained only one class for each grade from 1-8 so we were classmates for years. The little kid from the schoolyard grew into a man of achievement. 
As with many kids from the neighborhood you loose touch as people grow and head in … (3 comments)

running: The ShamRock & Roll 5k Results - 03/04/07 04:16 AM
Getting ready to leave for a little ski trip and just checked in to see if the results were posted from this morning's run.  My running buddy, far more experienced than me, is a fair weather runner - quits in November and restarts in April but he remains quicker than me. 
Once before a race he gave me his tip, focus in on a nice ass and run.  Told him I'm always back with the retirees, guess I am improving!  Managed to finish with the 27 year olds...
ps.... He was joking when he said it and today was purely coincidental...   ;-))

running: Easy & Accurate Mapping Tool - 02/11/07 05:45 AM
Just added a new running route to my training plan for my first half marathon and thought this link might be useful for others. 
Not sure how I discovered it but last year I stumbled into America's Running Routes and have used it ever since to keep track of my distance and give me a graphic illustration of the elevation changes on my runs.  It also works great for travelers who want to keep fit.  You can search over 100,000 routes that people have input so you can find a run in Melbourne Beach or Leeds, Maine.

running: Fairfield Half Marathon - June 24, 2007 - 02/10/07 03:53 AM
This is the Big One..  After running several 5k races in 2006 as January 1st approached I was thinking of New Year's Resolutions.  I came up with the thought of building my running to a half marathon distance ( 13.1 Miles )  Also had a marketing idea to pick out several races for training and send a mailing to many of the runners in my area.  If I missed you here is a copy - New Year's Flyer
The Fairfield Half Marathon was the closest race I found that met my time frame. Figured six months should be adequate to build up my mileage and the race is within … (0 comments)

running: Guilford Running Event - May 20, 2007 - 02/10/07 03:26 AM
My next race in town this year will be the Guilford Savings Bank 4 Miler with a 9:15 start time from Jacob's Beach.
Directions:  Exit 58, turn south on 77 to the Guilford Green, a right on Broad Street than a quick left onto Whitfield and follow straight, bearing right to Seaside Ave just after the Spaceship Condos.   ( M A P )
In 2006 this was my first bump up in distance after doing a few 5k's and my time didn't suffer much,  came in at 9:05 a mile.   Fast for me but slow enough to keep me in the bottom 25%. With … (0 comments)

running: North Haven Running Event - April 1, 2007 - 02/09/07 08:55 PM
My next running event in North Haven will be the "NHHS PTSA 5K" on April Fool's Day.  This will be my second time running this course, last year had ideal conditions for me. Weather was sunny and warm ( mid 50's ) allowing me to break the 9 minute mile for the first time.  Seems I stagnated at that speed so it will be interesting to see if I do better this spring.
Start Time :  10:00am Sunday  
Parking:  221 Elm Street   ( MAP )
The map is a little deceiving unless you are familiar with the town, exit 10 off 91 will not get you there as easy … (2 comments)

running: New Haven Running Event - March 4, 2007 - 02/06/07 10:44 PM
My next race will most likely be the WPLR ShamRock & Roll 5k on March 4th.  That was my first run of 2006 and now that I have a year of training I hope to shave several minutes off of last years time for a new personal best.  Not that I'm fast... I' will be somewhere in the middle of the pack.
Start time is Sunday Morning at 9:00am at Todd's Place. 
Early Registration and a course map can be found at JB SPORTS

running: Milford Winter Wonderland 5 Miler - 01/30/07 01:44 AM
Not sure how many runners look for events in the winter but I found one for this weekend  ( Sunday February 4th at 9:30 ). 
There is not much information on-line but a phone number and email address is listed at   
To late to mail applications but registration begins at 8:30am Sunday morning.
Location:  Platt Tech, 600 Orange Avenue,  Milford, CT