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True North: Running Route Planning for Neurotics

by Denis Faye | January 26, 2021

My German friend Patrick wants to do the Los Angeles Marathon this year on the 21st of March. Unfortunately, the race has been rescheduled to a more vaccine-optimistic TBD date in the fall. They also changed the route, removing t

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The Stupid Call to Adventure

by Denis Faye | January 14, 2021

Last Monday, I awoke to rain outside my window and a voice inside my head. Both beckoned me to do something stupid that day. They didn’t care what I did, as long as it left a mark. Fatigue suggested otherwise, so I shuffled to t

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The Fine Art of Getting Whacked in the Nuts

by Denis Faye | October 27, 2020

It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a collective kick to the gonads for the majority of the human race. But if you’re reading this, here’s a crappy little silver lining for you: You’re not dead. Don’t get me wrong; I’m

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Life is like a bag of dicks

by Denis Faye | October 16, 2020

I’m a partial jerk. Not a complete jerk, since complete jerks tend to be too narcissistic to know they’re jerks, but definitely part of one—perhaps about 57% jerk. To the few readers who don’t already know this, I present

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Is It Safe? Five Steps for Running a Marathon, Man

by Denis Faye | October 9, 2020

With this in mind, I think you can do it too. Here are five steps to make it happen. Step One: Pick an event. There are scores of marathons in the US every year. Pick one that moves you. Maybe it’s an iconic event like the New Y

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Love Between Cups of Coffee

by Denis Faye | September 27, 2020
coffee and bread

Much like relationships and COVID-19, cleaning a fancy road bike is complicated. Sure, your childhood BMX probably just needed the occasional hosing (although leaving it out in the rain proved equally effective), but the modern ra

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She’s Going Down!

by Denis Faye | September 10, 2020

COVID-19 played only a minor role in my new running habit. The real catalyst was my dysfunctional competition complex. When I train with others, my outsized desire to crush everyone in my vicinity is matched only by my limited abi

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Why Do Gravel Grinders Give You Gut Gravy?

by Denis Faye | May 4, 2018

If you’re an endurance idiot like me, odds are that you’ve done a long, pointless, awful event (or maybe several dozen of them) and ended the day with little more than an ill-fitting finisher’s t-shirt, a weird s

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Immunonutrition: Eating to Avoid Illness as an Endurance Athlete

by Denis Faye | September 11, 2017

 Since exercise is supposed to make us healthy and stuff, you’d think endurance athletes, who spend countless hours running, cycling, paddling, swimming, or (insert action verb here)-ing would be the healthiest kids on the bloc

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The No Carbs After 6pm Rule! Now Featuring Science!

by Denis Faye | August 29, 2017

When it comes to nutrition, I tends to side with science—or at least common sense and strong anecdotal evidence. Usually, this serves me well, but sometimes, I end up looking like a dork when cutting-edge clinical research acci

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