Category Archives: track and field

An All-Comers meet in May at midnight under a full moon

There is a week or two every year that falls in the gap between when college runners complete their track season and the NCAA national meets. For runners┬áthat have not yet reached the qualifying mark for nationals, there are All-Comers … Continue reading

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Reverse psychology at the indoor track

I joined a training partner yesterday for an indoor track workout. He was doing 4 X 1M and I had time to get in a couple intervals with him and we had fun, doing both at 7:00 pace. But it … Continue reading

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Nike Hijab and other fashion wonders

I love that Nike is coming out with clothing for Muslim women who want to compete in sports but maintain their religious tradition by doing so in Hijab. I watched a program about a women’s soccer team that wore less … Continue reading

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The small joys of incremental progress

Yesterday was a track session at the Vaughn Center, a public fitness facility that has a 200-meter indoor track. It’s a great place to run on a February afternoon when temperatures are in the mid-teens and the wind chill makes … Continue reading

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On track for a good year

The temperature outside this morning was eleven degrees. The Weather Channel app said it felt like minus nine. My running gear was laid out next to the bed as I rose to put in my contact lenses at 6:00 a.m. … Continue reading

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And it was good.

  At the age of 12, having moved with my family from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the small town of Elburn, Illinois, the world felt like it was upside down, or inside out. Even the soil in Illinois looked different from … Continue reading

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Running before the sun is up

Perhaps you’re an early riser by nature. Or maybe you have to be an early riser because of your schedule. Or best of all, you just like running in the dark. In every case, it is a unique experience every … Continue reading

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On Veterans Day and dealing with bullies

As a competitive kid, I was always trying to win at everything I did. It helped that my brothers challenged me daily with taunts or physical roughhousing. We also played sports constantly. Often these games went on for hours whether … Continue reading

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Separate ways

I had the best friend ever growing up in Pennsylvania. Our family moved to Lancaster when I was five years old. Within days, my mother somehow met up with a woman whose son was the same age as me. We … Continue reading

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What it’s like to lead and win a race

I don’t win any races outright anymore. Age groups, maybe. But not the whole race. But I used to win quite frequently. So I thought it might be interesting to share what that’s like, and what it can actually teach … Continue reading

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