Category Archives: running

Some days it pays to weed your own mind

Last night… Hoo boy, last night’s run was really hot. And humid. I ran 5.7 miles at 9:34 pace and it felt like a lot more miles than that. I even walked at some points. At some points the humidity … Continue reading

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The jury is still out

I’ve been fortunate to not have much legal trouble in my life. Oh sure, there was that snafu a few years ago in which I learned how Chicago judges operate on labor laws, but beyond that, it has been largely … Continue reading

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I break for dogs and people

It’s a longtime habit of mine to stop and talk to people with dogs. Even in the middle of a run, or out on a bike ride at times, I will take a break to pet a friendly-looking dog and … Continue reading

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Frogs on the highway

Last night a low-slung rainstorm raced across northern Illinois. It dropped the temperature slightly. But it raised the humidity tremendously. As I stepped out for a morning run, a small green frog bounded through the grass and hid under the … Continue reading

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All you kneed is strength

It happened again this weekend. After months of running without my knee acting weird, the “knob” came back. It happens when I hit a section of downhill ground at the wrong angle. The knee buckles a little and a knob … Continue reading

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When triathletes go senile

My mother’s main wish in life was to never lose her mental faculties. She dreaded the idea of losing her memory or getting, as she called it, senile. That’s a rather outdated term in the post-modern era. With Baby Boomers … Continue reading

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With the grass as a crowd and a spider web as the finish line

This morning while running through a local forest preserve, I passed through a portion of path where the tall grass was leaning from either side due to the weight of dew on the seedheads. The grasses formed a passage like … Continue reading

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The road to entitlement

e I had a great run this morning. Averaged 8:45 per mile over six miles, with a warmup mile of 9:25 and a closing mile of 8:49. Between those miles were an 8:22, and 8:25 and and an 8:47. That 8:47 … Continue reading

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Don’t June know it’s summer?

Every flower needs certain basics things to reach full bloom. Good soil helps. Rain at times. Perhaps some tending. Lacking these things, the plant struggles to fulfill its destiny. Likewise with endurance athletes. The ‘base’ of endurance training we all … Continue reading

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Old schooling it

I did a sketch of what Old School runners looked like in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In fact I did a sketch of what I looked like in the late 1970s. And this was the look. Long, often … Continue reading

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