Category Archives: aging is not for the weak of heart

Living with pain

I hurt my foot while out watering the plants two nights ago. It was dark outside when I pushed open the sliding door and eased onto the stairs leading to the patio. As I stepped down the concrete block stairs, … Continue reading

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August light

For many people it is the light of autumn that seems romantic. As the sun courses lower in a September sky, shadows grow longer and trees take on a tinge of color. Come October, the light grows clear without the … Continue reading

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Sandals vs. orthotics

During the early 1980s, I illustrated a book on running biomechanics that was authored by Dr. John Durkin (deceased) and famed running coach Joe Newton of York high school (also deceased). Durkin was a podiatrist to some world-class athletes including … Continue reading

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Moonlighting as a cyclist

This morning’s ride started at 5:45 a.m. The sun was up far enough to provide some light. A bright moon was still perched in the southwestern sky. We tend to think of the moon as truly “here” only when it … Continue reading

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Black and white ice in a grey world

Early morning freezing rain made the roads slick for running today. I got out the door by 6:30 a.m. and immediately found my daughter scraping away the thick crust of ice on her Honda windshield. She’d gotten through the top … Continue reading

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Best efforts

Thirty years ago sportswriter Kenny Moore published a compilation of his best writing about runners for Sports Illustrated. His stories included profiles of people such as David Moorcroft, the British runner who ran 13:01 for 5000 meters, breaking the world … Continue reading

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Changes in latitude, changes in attitude

That young man in the photo is my son, Evan Cudworth. He lives in southern California. When he moved there a year ago, he mentioned that he wanted a change in latitude. If I recall correctly, he described it this … Continue reading

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Jubilation all around us

Sue and I trained at the Vaughn Center this morning. Her workout was rotating set of 2 X 200s and 1 X 400 times three circuits with 30 seconds rest. she rocked it. After the initial 200s, the first 400 … Continue reading

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You can’t run away from Crow’s Feet

I like to smile. But when I do, the skin around my eyes crinkles into what people like to call Crow’s Feet. Those are the wrinkles radiating from the corners of your eyes. At some point, after years of smiling, … Continue reading

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And what remains

ALL OF US experience days when we’re out running or riding or swimming and we just feel dead. The legs are heavy. Even the mind can feel like it’s sinking down into the abyss of the neck. We drag ourselves … Continue reading

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