This week last year packed two very good tips in amongst all of the news and Autumn sports. I began publishing weekly NFL picks, but I am not going to do that this year since I do not plan on paying for cable and will only be able to watch a few games this season.

  • Have you ever woken up with a splitting headache after drinking too much the night before? That does not happen very often to me, and almost never happened when I was in college. There were certainly some days when I drank more than I should have, but I knew the secret to avoiding hangovers. Obviously, not drinking is the easiest way, but if one if you do, then be sure not to skip your morning run the next day.
  • Have you ever gotten to the gym or to a race and realized that you only have one shoe or forgot your towel or some clean underwear? You can usually avoid that problem by packing your bag the night before, but it is also important to check your gym or race bag before you leave in the morning.
  • The Dan Cardillo 5k is a very fast race in Falmouth, Maine. I am running a 50k in New Hampshire, but if you are going to be in Southern Maine tomorrow morning then I recommend making your way over to Falmouth High School to put in a fast time.
  • On the sports news front, a coach and 5 members of the USM cross country team went to the hospital after getting hit by a car being chased by the police. They were all released quickly, but 2 of the runners were not able to run until later in the season. In other criminal news, someone tried to smuggle fake Nike shoes worth about $16 million from China into the US. Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada were allowed to appeal their sentence after refusing to identify who leaked grand jury testimony for their book, Game of Shadows.
  • Two years ago this week, I wrote about the best marathon training run…ever! Not only did I get in a good 17 miles, but my girlfriend also agreed to marry me along the way. We’ve now been happily married for a little over a year. A little less exciting but more useful to everyone else, I also wrote about losing weight by cutting out sugar water from your regular diet such as soda and sports drinks.