Category Archives: running

Leaving tracks

Walking our dog in the morning is like being back in field biology class looking for signs of wildlife everywhere. On a typical morning we’ll cross the tracks of numerous animals left in the snow. There are coyote and fox … Continue reading

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Questions about being an elitist asshole

Back when I competed for every inch of advantage in the world of running, I was a bit merciless in my regard for other competitors. In the first mile of a five-mile race I would ultimately win while setting a … Continue reading

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Dealing with the pressures of the crowd

In the middle of the night I woke up from a dream in which I found myself in charge of a large crowd of people trying to check out of a grocery store. The lines stretched back and doubled and … Continue reading

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The sensation of running

I’ve written previously about a 1973 newspaper article in which a local sports journalist branded me a “junior sensation” for leading our high school cross country team to a few early-season victories. That pulp fiction title cost me dearly the … Continue reading

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A life in the world of table tennis

As a child growing up with three brothers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I learned to compete in multiple sports. When we weren’t out throwing baseballs or shooting baskets, tossing a football around or kicking soccer balls, we headed down to a … Continue reading

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What kind of engine do you have?

My wife’s coach recently made her chuckle while discussing her training. “You’ve got a diesel engine,” he told her. “We want to spread your speed and energy out over the whole race.” That got me thinking about what kind of … Continue reading

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We're all like geese and coyotes and Cooper's hawks

One of the species that wildlife biologists and hunters sought to protect in the early 1970s was the Canada goose. This familiar species is now so common as to qualify as a pest, but that was not the case five … Continue reading

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Those moments when you realize you're alive

This morning while walking the dog before dawn, I had one of those moments where the mind suddenly snaps to attention in a way that makes you realize you’re still alive. So much of life is getting through the moments … Continue reading

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In praise of Little Women and fierce faces

This morning’s Chicago Tribune contained a short editorial by Monica Hesse of the Washington Post. She was writing to encourage men who to see the movie “Little Women.” My wife and I attended the movie that past weekend. I loved … Continue reading

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A run through the legal weed patch

My wife and I do training runs on the Fox River Trail, a strip of asphalt on a former railroad bed that runs the length of the valley from Aurora all the way up to McHenry, Illinois. As such, it … Continue reading

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