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50 Years of Running: Competition’s Son, Part 4

The hardest part in raising any child is achieving a balance between providing challenges that help them grow and providing the encouragement necessary to keep them trying. The positive effects of challenging a child come down to the manner in … Continue reading

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50 Years of Running: Jacked around

Having moved everything I owned east to Philly the previous August, now I was faced with hauling everything back to Chicago the following May. Through a few quick conversations with a close friend living on the north side of the … Continue reading

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Mulberry Fields Forever

The iconic song Strawberry Fields by John Lennon celebrates the place he used to visit as a child where his mind could wander. Apart from the restrictions of society, he felt inspired and freed from false expectations. Let me take … Continue reading

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Like it or not, I’m a single-speed (18 mph) kind of guy

When most cyclists talking about going “single-speed” on the bike, they’re referring to “fixies,” the type of bicycle with just one gear. No shifting. No hassles. You ride as fast as you pedal. I’ve seen people riding fixies or single-speed … Continue reading

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Apple tree wisdom

I had a best friend while growing up in Pennsylvania who lived in a modest home at the center of a golf course south of Lancaster. We did everything together from playing sports to learning about girls as we entered … Continue reading

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A new twist on the meaning of “run and ride”

Yesterday I woke up early at a hotel in Indianola, Iowa and pulled on the running clothes. The weather was damp and spitting rain, so I wore a rain jacket and took off south into town. I was heading for … Continue reading

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What it means to lose a longtime friend

Originally posted on The Right Kind of Pride:
Five Luther College teammates, from left to right: Dani Fjelstad, Steve Corson, Paul Mullen, Keith Ellingson and Christopher Cudworth. I’m driving out to Iowa today to share in the visitation and funeral…

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Bathing in love and respect

Originally posted on The Right Kind of Pride:
She works hard and seldom takes time to slow down. After our fifty-mile bike ride in the hills of Galena, Illinois, this past Saturday, we awoke Sunday morning to do a long…

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Feeling out of shape? Hang in there

We all know the feeling. A touch of flab around the waist. Tight pants. Sluggish on the run. Unmotivated and defeated by the cold. Hang in there. It doesn’t last forever. We miss a few workouts due to work obligations. … Continue reading

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The world on steroids

I’m going to tell you two quick stories and then explain why they’re pertinent at this precise moment in time. During college cross country in a season where we’d go on to place second in the NCAA cross country championships, … Continue reading

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