Category Archives: Tarsnakes

Tarsnakes, like the namesake tar patterns on roads across America, are in the context of this blog any allegorical event, thought or other phenomena that can trip you up along the way, or cause you to swerve or even crash. While tarsnakes are usually best avoided, at times they are unavoidable. And so, we discuss how to deal with these “life events” that either affect or stem from your running and riding.

Still, a tarsnake or other road or surface feature when viewed up close can reveal hidden beauty and perhaps even wisdom.

Itching to defend Blackhawks player Marian Hossa

It’s likely there are a few people that can’t imagine why Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Marian Hossa is being forced to take a year off. The official statement by Hossa says that he is experiencing a “progressive” skin condition caused … Continue reading

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A bit of “On Your Left” is not too much to ask of cyclists

The advent of the modern day bicycle trail with its twelve-to-twenty foot width has created wonderful opportunities for runners and cyclists around the world to enjoy dedicated exercise space. But for the most part, these same trails constitute a “shared … Continue reading

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Confessions of a f*ck up, and how to keep laughing about it

I love it when I f*ck up. Find it amusing. My kids love it too. They roll their texting eyes and go, “OMG dad.” This morning in conversation with my fiance Sue, I was discussing a fun coaching session I … Continue reading

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We all need support and not denial

At a barbecue event for a non-profit organization for whom I volunteer, I met a fellow board member who works as a¬†psychologist for youth. We talked about her work and I thanked her for what she does. As a kid, … Continue reading

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The renewed focus of We Run and Ride

Recently while working out designs for a cycling kit shirt and tee shirts for this blog, I wrote down a list of things that mattered most while writing this column. The list flowed right out of me, and that’s usually … Continue reading

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Running and riding over tarsnakes of technology

I truly admire all of you out there who can plug big miles on the treadmill. Just this morning my companion Sue texted me that she’d covered an hour on the belt, a triumph because she’d tweaked a glute muscle … Continue reading

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A singular New Year’s resolution

Winter wonderland Last January the snow was thick and wet during the first week of the year. Yet in a fit of cabin fever and thanks to some serious Manhattans on a Friday night, my companion Sue and I were … Continue reading

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A bit bent but not broken

In the last few weeks, there have been some good stories about¬†David Walters, a distance runner from Illinois. At age 60, Dave ran 2:45 in the Chicago Marathon, then went out to New York this past weekend and polished off … Continue reading

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Confusing times and tarsnakes afoot

Last Friday afternoon, eager to get in a good workout, I headed out the Great Western Trail in St. Charles. The trail is a former railroad bed that was one of the first lines in Illinois to be converted to … Continue reading

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Running Shoes and Souls: A We Run and Ride video special on biomechanics, orthotics and healthy running

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