Category Archives: cross country

Every race is a step in the right direction

Following my writeup about the statistics on the 1974 Sectional meet in which I studied the results relative to the dual meet battles that season, I gave more thought to the outcome and determined that while forgiveness is important, so … Continue reading

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We’ve all got our swimming crosses to bear

Today in the pool I swam next to two guys doing 100-meter repeats. One was clearly faster than the other, a tall gent who wore fins to keep up with his buddy. The faster swimmer alternated strokes from freestyle to … Continue reading

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Giving it your all even if you’re not the prettiest in the pack

Earlier this week I was scrolling through YouTube videos letting the algorithms toss old road and track races my way when a mid-80s video of the Gasparilla 15K popped up in the feed. The race featured a few familiar names … Continue reading

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“Am I smart?” is the hardest question in life to answer

Recently while filling out paperwork for some potential teaching assignments, I requested college and high school transcripts to send in with the applications. Looking through my academic record was a bit humbling in many respects. Those Algebra II grades my … Continue reading

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The mixture of joy and relief after a hard race

The desire to compete in races comes from many different places within us. For some, it is a test of resolve. For others, a raw test of fitness. But it’s always about proving oneself in the face of difficulty. You’re … Continue reading

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I keep smiling. It’s the only way to live.

At the age of five years old, I was in the backyard of another kid that would become my best friend through the age of twelve. Our mothers were in the front yard talking about how we might get along … Continue reading

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Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex

If you know the Rolling Stones song Shattered, you’ll recognize the headline of this blog today. That album came out the summer between my junior and senior year in college. I’d sing parts of that song as we ran mile … 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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That’s a long time in a pair of Nike Pegasus

Something in me still holds a warm spot for Nike shoes. Continue reading

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On the run from golf carts and people

I’ve written about the fact that as a child growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and before that, Upstate Seneca Falls, New York, I spent quite around golf courses. Some of my earliest memories are crawling around on the putting green … Continue reading

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