Author Archives: seanv2

About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.

Back In The Saddle (And Top Posts for 2017)

I took a pretty extended break from posting here, and wondered, really, if it was something I was even going to do anymore. But I miss writing for no other reason than the joy of it, I miss chronicling my … Continue reading

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Nicolson’s Why Homer Matters

Why Homer Matters: A History Adam Nicolson This one hit all my sweet spots. A book about Homer that is part travelogue / memoir, part meditation on deep engagement with a text, and part ancient history primer. A must read … Continue reading

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Simon, Raymond and Benard

This is a cool one, and a first for the project. Three runners from the same club all qualified at the same race and sent in a joint response! For two of them, it wasn’t the first time they bq’ed, … Continue reading

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Dave Munger

Name Dave Munger (http://mungerruns.blogspot.com) Sex: Male Age (at the time of first BQ): 44 Height: 6’2″ Weight (at the time of first BQ): 190 At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Richmond 2011 Tell us a little about … Continue reading

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Reset: diet

Here is what my blood tests, DNA tests, and time on the toilet all tell me: If not entirely allergic to, I am at least highly sensitive to dairy and gluten I gain weight easily, especially when eating a diet … Continue reading

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Reset: fitness

I’ve been rethinking my fitness and diet regime (again). As a dude in his mid-forties, I’ve begun to feel some of the aches and pains of middle age, and I’ve begun to think much more about how to train to … Continue reading

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Review: Armstrong’s Buddha

Buddha Karen Armstrong A simple, stupid, introduction to Buddhism perfect for someone like me who knows less than nothing about one of the world’s most important philosophical systems / religions. What it has: a concise overview of the life of … Continue reading

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