Thursday, July 3, 2008


A little while back I was tagged by Frank and just never got around to it. So, since it is a quiet morning at work here in NYC, I figured I'd give it a go.

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

Let's see....1998....the year in which the New York Yankees swept the San Diego Padres to win baseball's World Series, "Titanic" wins 11 Oscars including best picture, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to both Robert Laughlin and Daniel Tsui for their discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations, our President Clinton coins his now famous phrase - "I want to say one thing to the American people...I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky", the Federal debt reached $5750.4 billion, and Frank Sinatra and Roy Rogers die, I ran a grand total of zero miles. Running ? What's running ?

2. What is your worst/best race experience?

This is difficult to answer. Some have my best race experiences could also qualify as one of my worst. Take, for example, the 2007 Grand Tetons 100-Mile. While fighting through to finish a very difficult and challenging 100-miler with the help of my new friend and pacer Bryon was perhaps one of the biggest highlights of my short running career, the low-points of that race always bring back the worst memories. I could also call my marathon PR at the 2007 Long Island Marathon a "best" experience. Then there was the 2008 North Face Endurance 50 at Bear Mountain, quite possibly a worst for the conditions and craziness, but also quite possibly a best for the new friends I made from G.A.C. But, if I had to narrow it down to one best and worst experience, it would be these.....Starting with my worst race experience, I'd go with the 2007 Chicago Marathon. I started that race with a chest infection and plans of turning it into a simple training run. It turned into an absolute nightmare of oppressive heat and humidity, complete with closed fluid stations and very little water to be found. Instead of being able to shorten my day to a half-marathon training run, the course officials cancelled the race mid-stream and re-routed the participants in such a way that kept me out there for hours, hacking away. I think I would pick this year's Pineland Farms 50-Mile as my best race experience, simply because it was an race where everything seemed to go perfectly. I set a 50-mile PR there, and also got to spend a lot of time with great friends (Emmy, Frank, Meredith, Eddie, Wayne, Staci, Chris, etc....)

3. Why do you run?
I used to run to get into and stay in shape. Now, I run because I just can't stop.

4. What is the best and worst advice you've been given about running?
Almost all of my running advice has come from Coach Lisa Smith-Batchen, although every now and then I will pick the brains of some of the more elite/experienced ultra runners, such as Bryon, Brennen, Emmy, etc.... I can't really identify a piece of advice that is the "best" or "worst", but I do share a best/worst experience with Scott Turco (as he detailed yesterday in his post of a similar name to this one, "Tagged"), which occurred back in 2005 when my friend Ira said "we should skip marathons and run ultras". That piece of advice could absolutely qualify as a best and worst !

5. Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

I am a Parrothead and have seen Jimmy Buffett play live over 20 times. Make sure you get your fins wet and check out Margaritaville's latest concoction, Land Shark Lager as it is quite tasty.

Have a happy (and safe) 4th of July holiday weekend !


  1. Good answers, even if they began with a World Series we in San Diego would rather forget. I really liked your response to why you run -- so true!

  2. omg anthony - i just loaded buffet live: tues., thurs., and saturdays on my ipod!!

    and i had a land shark lager (well maybe 2-3) at mothers day dinner in westport!

    small world!!

  3. Thanks Marcy !

    Anne - given that I'm a Met's fan, it was painful to put that the Yanks won the World Series in that post.

    Frank - too funny. I can't find Land Shark Lager wife brought a sixer back with her from her trip to Buffalo this past weekend...she should have brought back 6 cases !

  4. "I used to run to get in shape now I run because I just can't stop" That is hilarious! I guess if you had to be addicted to something- running is a something healthy!

    See you in the desert! Are you ready for some heat???

  5. Hi Anthony!

    I love your blog! My name is Allie (aka Runner Girl) and I am starting a blog to track my progress training for my first marathon (Chicago) and to help fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House (my sorority's official philanthropy).

    I don't mean to advertise through comments but I was hoping you could check it out and possibly add me to your blog roll or maybe give me a little shoutout on your blog?

    Thanks so much for your support!

  6. Hey, related question -- you doing Rocky Raccoon in 2009?

  7. Rocky in 2009...yes, that's on my preliminary list.

  8. hahahaha.

    never would have guessed a parrot head :)

  9. I bet a lot of people's worst race experience was 2007 Chicago...

  10. A Parrothead, huh? I've never seen Jimmy Buffet in concert, but I have been to some of the Margaritaville stores, and I have had Land Shark Lager.

  11. I'm going for 100 at RR. We'll see how it goes....