Monthly Archives: January 2016

The dashboard melted but we still have the radio…

Getting through some of life’s experiences is all we can do sometimes. A few friends of mine, men and women, have recently gone through marriage breakups. Some have discovered that despite the meltdown of their marriages, their “radios” still work. The voice in their head tells them that it’s going to be okay. Continue reading

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From 0 to 58 in nothing flat

This post is a bit of a request. During the middle of last night’s Computrain session, a friend and blog reader turned to me and said. “Chris, what are you going to blog about tomorrow?” It was a good question. … Continue reading

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Me and XRT

Here in Chicago, we have a radio station that has not just stood the test of time, but helped define it. Back in the 1970s, WXRT started as an FM radio station that put playlists together featuring song messages. The … Continue reading

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One of these (those) days

There are days when you roll through everything. Things go well enough that they seem to have gotten finished. Bills get paid. Work gets done. There might even be some inspired behavior between all those practicalities. We all have our … Continue reading

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Oregon runners and Oregon militia

All the focus on the so-called Oregon militia got me thinking about the difference between their “mission” and the tradition of Oregon runners. If you’ve followed running over the last 40 years you know the legend of Steve Prefontaine. He … Continue reading

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What it’s like to lead and win a race

I don’t win any races outright anymore. Age groups, maybe. But not the whole race. But I used to win quite frequently. So I thought it might be interesting to share what that’s like, and what it can actually teach … Continue reading

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Still a jogger and a Fred in the pool

To whit, terminology can be harsh. Calling someone a “jogger” when they consider themselves a runner is a cold, hard, reality check. In this day and age, you hardly hear the term jogger at all. It’s considered impolite. No matter … Continue reading

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Matters of snow, and why snow matters

  Ever the early riser, my companion Sue texted me at 7:00 a.m. when she’d gotten home from Master’s Swim. “Pretty snow out there today!”   Love it. We need snow. Snow matters. It moistens the ground. It actually insulates … Continue reading

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Running and riding over tarsnakes of technology

I truly admire all of you out there who can plug big miles on the treadmill. Just this morning my companion Sue texted me that she’d covered an hour on the belt, a triumph because she’d tweaked a glute muscle … Continue reading

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I lost a couple followers

  Last Friday’s post about my goddamned running shoes being delivered late from Saucony must have offended a few people. Three or four apparently dropped my blog. I sort of get that. Not everyone likes to read language¬†they might consider … Continue reading

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