Author Archives: Mike N

About Mike N

Mike Neifert is an avid runner and cyclist who lives on the plains of Kansas. He works out mostly in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. He drags his wife and kids along on runs and rides whenever he can. He's run a 50K, but not a marathon. He wants to ride 200 miles in a day sometime soon and plans to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours in November 2012.

dailymiler of the week: Vern M.

Vern Myers doesn’t race much. He runs for what running gives him – physical fitness, an outlet for stress relief, quiet reflective hours. “It gives me a mindset that anything is possible,” Myers says. Not that he’s opposed to entering a local 5K here, a Turkey Trot 10K there. He just doesn’t care that much for big events. He runs the local marathon, The Gusher, each year and he completed his first ultra, the Rocky Raccoon 50K in Huntsville, Texas, … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Renee B.

Three minutes. That’s all Renee B’s doctor will let her run at one time right now. Two months ago she stepped on a stick while running. The result? A high ankle sprain. “Stupid stick!” she growled. She is determined to return to running. This isn’t the first time Renee has come back from an injury. She ran in high school in the 1980s, following the footsteps of my sister and brother into cross country and then on my own into … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Ben W.

Three years ago Ben Waldman was training for his first marathon. He was somewhere around mile 17 or 18 on one of his final long training runs when he experienced a moment of great clarity. As he climbed Central Park’s torturous Harlem Hill, his mind and legs arguing over which would give up first, Ben realized that the biggest obstacle to his success was in his head. He saw that distance running is more about mental strength than anything else. … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week, Jim B.

Jim Berger remembers his early years of running. He weighed about 170 pounds and ran 50 to 75 miles each week. GPS-enabled watches were unheard of when he was in his 30s. There were no chip-timed races. His running log was handwritten. “We used to stash fig newtons in plastic bags,” he recalled, “and put water on the route of long runs the night before.” During this phase of Berger’s running life, he was a strong young man, running his … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Maddy H

Maddy H., our dailymiler of the week, started running when she was little. When she was in elementary school, her dad, a 2:40 marathoner at the time, a man who trained by the book – eating right, hydrating right – would finish his regimented workout and invite his young daughter to run with him as he cooled down. That together time set Maddy on the path that led to a lifetime love of running. During her final two years of … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Nancy E.

Every week we pick one inspiring dailymiler to be featured on the blog. This gives you a chance to learn the stories of members of the dailymile community. Check out past dailymiler’s of the week. Do you know someone that would be a great dailymiler? Nominate them! “No one can hold you back from doing all the things you want to do. Just keep your goals in sight, listen to your body and take one day at a time. Some … Continue reading

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Mascot Madness: Mascots are athletes too

Every camera was focused on the players of Western Kentucky University as they erased a 16-point deficit in the final five minutes of their “First Four” game against Mississippi Valley State. The commentators yelled their excitement in the final seconds, trying to be heard above the screaming of the Hilltopper’s fans! March madness at its best! Off air, another kind of athlete was revving things up, egging the delirious fans on. Big Red, WKU’s big, round, likeable mascot was strutting … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Tim H.

Do you remember anything at all about December 13, 2007? Tim Hardy, our dailymiler of the week, does. He recalls that long-past day as the day he began his current running streak. Every day for the past four plus years including every day during his 14-month deployment with the 3-10th Infantry Combat Brigade in Afghanistan, the recently retired Army Major has spent time pounding the pavement or navigating trails near his home in Marietta, NY, where he and his wife … Continue reading

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Reviewing RUEZ: Underwear that Performs

Chafing is a potential problem for every runner who takes to the streets. On a long run, the constant friction of skin rubbing on skin or clothing can produce an angry, painful rash that takes days to heal. Check any marathon finish line photo lineup and there’s bound to be at least one male runner with bright red streaks Continue reading

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Question of the week: Do you shave?

I posted this picture last winter that threw the cycling community on dailymile into a tizzy. It was taken to show that my toes had actually turned blue in the cold. Their cyanotic condition was clear. Continue reading

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