What Made Maddy Run: A Book Review

by Tom O'GradyWhat Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan is a powerful and poignant exploration of Madison Holleran's life and untimely death. In this compelling book, Fagan takes a deep dive into the life of a young college athlete and exposes the underlying chal…

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Reviewed by Tom O'Grady"Let Your Mind Run” is a must-read for anyone interested in running, mental training, or personal growth. Kastor’s writing is engaging, her stories are inspiring, and her message is one of positivity and hope. On a side note, I had …

Boston Marathon 2023: Always Phenomenal

by Chris BishopThe Boston Marathon is the Holy Grail of all marathons and as usual it lived up to its reputation. Everyone thought that Eliud Kipchoge, the man who ran a 2:01 marathon in Tokyo was considered a shoe-in, but the hills of Boston and rainy we…

Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance

Reviewed by Tom O'GradyUltra running has become the rage and many of our HMRRC members are definitely ultra. What makes people want to suffer so much for their passion? Other than facing plain exhaustion, they enthusiastically tackle alien and treacherous…

Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide – Book Review

Review by Tom O'GradyThis month Tom tackles book 2 of one of the most popular books ever written on running: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. The first book single handedly started the barefoot ru…

The Write Track – Book Reviews for Runners

by Tom O'GradyElite runner and book lover, Tom O'Grady has agreed to start a column in The Pace Setter highlighting books runners should check out. His inaugural review is of Running is My Therapy – Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad …

Holiday Book Suggestions for the Runners in Your Life

by Tom O’GradyAt holiday time, books make great gifts for runners and Tom suggests some tempting works. For example, I did not know that Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky had written a new book of recipes and running advice. Nor did I know that on Decemb…

Heavy Duty Honor: to Bear a Bear

by Jon LindenauerJon was thrilled to win the First Prize at the Adirondack Half Marathon but had no idea how heavy the cute bear would be to carry around post race while enjoying the race's great craft beer and food. He dedicated the run to his aunt who r…

A Beautiful Day in the Windy City Produces Fast Times at the Chicago Marathon 2022

by Tom O’GradyTom O'Grady is one of our elite runners known locally for setting records at the Boston Marathon. He decided to go further afield this time to Chicago and loved it. For full article, click here

Q&A with Tom O’Grady Re: Children’s Book Mount Tremper Has a Temper

with Tom O’GradyElite runner Tom O'Grady has added to the inventory of his accomplishments by writing a children's book about a Catskill Mountain that is popular with hikers which is located in the hamlet of Phoenicia, in the valley of Esopus Creek. …

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