Running Book Review

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This novel, translated from French, is about the Czechoslovakian legendary Emil Zápotek, aka Czech Locomotive, who won three gold medals in the Helsinki Olympic Games. It's a short novel (122 pages) and easy to read. Though the original author, Jean Echenoz, is supposed to be one of France's greatest contemporary novelists, I cannot help but ...

Born to Run Book Review

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I read Born to Run about two years ago and it had an economic impact on me: Since I finished the book, I have bought three pairs of Vibram Five Fingers - the funky-looking footwear with toes, which one of the characters in this book wears. I did run in them and liked how I ...

NYC Marathon 2012 Application Accepted

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The application for NYC Marathon opened on Jan 2 for the race on Nov 4. Since I had cleared their qualifying standard for the 2012 race, I was surprised to see my registration status as 'non-guaranteed entry drawing'. I quickly sent an email to the organizer and asked if it was some sort of an ...