Category Archives: aging

Trust your doctor when the advice is to “Keep going”

I had my annual physical this past Saturday morning. It went pretty well, other than the fact that the doctor found the big purple bruise on my ass quite amusing. “How did you get that?” he asked. “I came in … Continue reading

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Freezing my face off

Yesterday’s run was a chilly affair. The south wind was bitingly cold. I trotted east-to-west and back as a result. That way I wasn’t freezing my face off the entire run into the wind. Over years of training in cold … Continue reading

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Life is a long letter being written one day at a time

The letter was written seven weeks into my senior year in college, the season in which our cross country team would go on to place second in the NCAA Division III championships. Continue reading

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Picture this, a life in pixels

We live in the digital age that makes it easier than ever to capture and share images. Recently some friends began converting slide photos taken during our college years into digital images. We didn’t take or share that many photos … Continue reading

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Accepting limitations is sometimes the best strategy

On Wednesday morning I woke up feeling the tingle of a cold forming in my throat and sinuses. I’d run thirteen miles on Sunday, took a rest day, ran five miles on Tuesday, and felt a bit tired that afternoon. … Continue reading

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The inevitable product of fuel and flame

Two days ago I went for a run to Dick Young Forest Preserve for a closeup look at the prairie burn taking place in the western reaches of the property. Flames tore across the ground and smoke rose up in … Continue reading

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Take pride in that aging face

Let’s talk about aging faces. I have no real way of knowing the age of the people who read this blog. There are about 1500 subscribers, and there are some who don’t subscribe but read these words through social media … Continue reading

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Is that the azimuth I Spy?

When my kids were little, we played a game called I Spy in which we named something in the room and the other person had to guess. It was particularly fun during the holiday season with the Christmas tree stood … Continue reading

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Living with unfinished business

After ten years of coaching soccer with my two children, I was invited to join a men’s team playing indoor at several arenas. The first few games were an absolute shock, as my body was not accustomed to the full-out … Continue reading

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Hard effort feels the same at every age

Our Sunday morning run yesterday consisted of seven miles from North Aurora up to Batavia and back. Sue had a modest tempo run planned after the previous day’s 40m time trial and 10K brick run on Saturday. I rode 32 … Continue reading

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