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Flashback Friday: The Metamorphosis

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I wasn’t always as slow as I am now. I used to be much slower! I wasn’t always a Penguin. I wasn’t always as slow as I am now. I used to be much slower! It took 40 years to become so overweight and out of shape that running a mile and running a marathon were equally unthinkable. For most of those 40 years, I looked at runners as if they were some mutant sub-species of the human race. I looked not with awe nor with envy as runners in my neighborhood trudged through rain, heat, cold and wind. I…

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Run simply, or simply run

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I’ve known Thom Gilligan, the driving force behind Marathon Tours and Travel [Marathon Tours] since I first went with him to Antarctica in 2001. Since then, I’ve traveled with him as a part of his staff 6 times. Thom is an old-school, hide-bound, Greater Boston Track Club singlet, nylon shorts runner. There’s no doubt that the drive that has made his company so successful was there – and is still there – in his running. We were chatting at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Expo this past weekend when he said that, if you didn’t know better, you would…

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Flashback Friday: Prized Possessions

By | Bingham, Half Marathon, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Marathon, Motivation, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | One Comment

Note the date. November of 2000. I talk about having run 20 marathons. I’ve run 45 now and I still feel the same way. November 2000 Prized Possessions The monuments to my childhood were all over my parent’s house: a plaster cast of my hand, the Valentine’s card I made. My home is filled with similar monuments to my son’s childhood: a wreath made of rotini pasta that hangs on the door every Christmas, the rock on which felt feet, head, and tail are glued in a shape that looks–if you have imagination–very much like a turtle. They are prized…

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Flashback Friday: Survival of the Slowest

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Survival of the slowest We. The few, the proud, the plodding. Steven Pinker, in “The Language Instinct“, suggests that if language didn’t exist, people would be so driven to communicate that they would create a language. So strong is our instinct toward communication that there are almost no recorded instances of groups of people who have not developed a means of talking to one another. Surely our ancestors had a running instinct as well. It’s hard to imagine a community of humans that would not have included runners. Some, though, then as now, were just a little slower than others….

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High Five’n the Mermaid

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I was standing at the finish line of the RnR Providence Half Marathon this past Sunday, doing my best to congratulate those coming to the line when I looked up, and, about 50 yards from the finish line there was a guy holding an inflatable mermaid over the fence. My curiosity got the best of me and I walked down to see what was going on. It was, simply, a guy with a 3-foot tall inflatable mermaid. When I asked him what he was doing he said he was just trying to get people to High-Five the Mermaid. That’s all….

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Worst Parade Ever

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Of all the signs I’ve seen while running marathons and half marathons my favorite has to be “Worst Parade Ever.” That just seems to sum up what it must look like to someone standing on the sidelines watching thousands of people – young, old, tall, short, thin, not-so-thin – running and walking for hours on end. Even if you’re waiting for a friend or love one to pass by it has to be mind-numbing to see so many people pounding the pavement. One of my favorite signs, which I saw many years ago at the Portland [OR] Marathon was “GO…

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FLashback Friday: My Hero. Bob Dolphin

By | John "the Penguin" Bingham, Marathon, Motivation, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | 2 Comments

What’s even MORE amazing is that I want back to celebrate Bob’s 500th in 2012. The transformative powers of running apply at any age. Last April, I went to the Yakima River Canyon Marathon, a point-to-point race from Ellensburg to Selah, Washington. I was there to help 77-year-old Bob Dolphin celebrate the completion of his 400th marathon. You read that right. A 77-year-old doing his 400th marathon, with Yakima being the 24th marathon Bob had run in the past 12 months. Perhaps even more amazing is that Bob didn’t run his first marathon until he was in his mid-50s. Joining…

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Unintended Consequences

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Unintended consequences can be roughly grouped into three types: * A positive, unexpected benefit  * A negative, unexpected detriment occurring in addition to the desired effect   * A perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended (when a solution makes a problem worse) It may be hard to believe but getting active – running, walking, bicycling – was filled with unintended consequences for me. And, to be honest, there were positive, negative, and even some perverse effects of starting to live a healthy, active lifestyle. As I’ve written, for me there wasn’t some blinding epiphany. I didn’t have a heart…

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Stuck on a Desert Island

By | Bingham, Half Marathon, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Marathon, Motivation, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | One Comment

Normally, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll expos, I do the interviewing. I’ve chatted with many of the greatest runners of all time, from World Record holders, to Olympians, to past, present, and future super stars of our industry. This weekend in at the RnR Seattle Expo, my good friend and colleague Ian Brooks turned the tables on me and I was the one in the hot seat, being interviewed. Ian Brooks is one of the most experienced and accomplished “voices” in the running industry. More than me, he’s had the chance to question athletes at every point of their careers…

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Come Sail Away

By | Bingham, Family, Half Marathon, John "the Penguin" Bingham, Marathon, Motivation, Penguin, Running, The Penguin Archives, Walking | No Comments

Runners and walkers want to experience the world with their your own two feet. Jenny and I have listened to what you want and have created vacations that allow you to get away from it all with a group of friends who understand who you are. Whether you are young or old, a new walker or a life-long runner you will find yourself at home, comfortable, and welcomed. In Alaska you’ll see the Last Frontier up close. No riding in tour buses and looking out the windows. You will be right there seeing and feeling the REAL Alaska. The Great…

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