Monthly Archives: July 2016

We all need support and not denial

At a barbecue event for a non-profit organization for whom I volunteer, I met a fellow board member who works as a¬†psychologist for youth. We talked about her work and I thanked her for what she does. As a kid, … Continue reading

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The Jeopardy of two-a-day workouts

High school and college cross country seasons are coming up in mid-August. That’s when summer officially shuts down for the scholastic and collegiate set. It’s Back to School and for cross country kids, it’s back to serious training. Some teams … Continue reading

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Birthday wishes and dreams

Today is my birthday. But I’ll admit: July is a wonderful time to get a year older. The garden is in full bloom. The sun is shining. The birds are coming south… What, you might say? Birds don’t migrate in … Continue reading

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Testing your limits

Endurance sports place a¬†particular demand on the bodies and minds of participants. In fact, there’s a specific phrase that describes the process. “Testing the limits of endurance.” What are limits? The answer is simple. Limits are the point at which … Continue reading

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Neither sweat or forget the small stuff

Getting your training in during a tight schedule can be difficult. Feelings of guilt can build up if you miss a workout, or cut one short because you are pressed for time. Some athletes work out unique solutions for time … Continue reading

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Lap swimming at the public pool

There were many summers in recent years that for me did not involve much swimming at the public pool. And having grown up living at the pool during my youth, it felt bittersweet one mid-August day to show up at … Continue reading

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You can’t compete with that

We live in a competitive world. Nowhere is that competition more evident than on the Internet. That’s where people compete for attention in all kinds of ways. We compete for Followers. For Likes. For Views. There are some people who … Continue reading

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Understanding 1 Corinthians 9:24 and what it means to “run the race and win the prize”

There have been many blessings in my life. Yet I’ve also had a share of being down on my knees praying to God for answers. And I can tell you in earnest: all those prayers have been answered in one … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of progress

When I was researching a new bike this past winter, the weather was typically raw. In the middle of that cold season, it’s a bit hard to imagine what a new bike will feel like. At the time we had … Continue reading

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Summer running for what it’s worth

  These days high school running programs encourage kids to train together during the summer months. This is valuable in terms of team confidence and building an aerobic base. Cross country coaches have long recognized the value of summer running … Continue reading

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