Tag Archives: Illinois

Please stay on the Garden Path

Yesterday while running at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, I glanced down to see a simple sign staked in the ground. It said, “Please stay on the garden path.” The Arb, as many people call it, largely welcomes runners … Continue reading

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One good run or ride can make a summer

By Christopher Cudworth We left at 6:00 in the morning, taking back roads from St. Charles, Illinois to Fontana, Wisconsin on back roads. The route itself was conceived years ago by someone trying to avoid the growing traffic risks and … Continue reading

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It really does matter where you buy your running and riding gear

By Christopher Cudworth What follows is not so much an endorsement as a bit of documentation of a long-standing relationship. I purchased my first pair of shoes from a man named Dick Pond in 1976. At the time he was … Continue reading

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How far would you go to protect your running and riding career?

By Christopher Cudworth In yesterday’s blog about unintentional cross-training, I documented the benefits of cross training with a paper route in my early years as a competitive distance runner. The early mornings, the extra exercise, the discipline of daily commitment … Continue reading

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Running and riding acquaintances never grow old

Friendships made through running and riding have a timeless quality. Though times and efforts may change and even the ability to run and ride at all may diminish with time, the common bond of shared time on the road, track … Continue reading

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Running with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Race relations remain an uncomfortable topic in America. Our first black President promised to make things easier, but in many ways that promise cannot be fulfilled by one man or one change in the political landscape. It takes all of … Continue reading

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Bikes and brains and snows and rains

The lifestyles of bicycles in urban areas and college campuses has always fascinated me. Some bikes sit chained to street signs for weeks on end, months even. Years? One walks past one of these chained bikes on the way to … Continue reading

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Sunday contemplation: A rider in the rain

By Christopher Cudworth Click on pics to view The Christmas Bird Count comes around once a year, usually in the second week of December. Having worked both the Christmas and Spring Bird counts (technically part of the Fermi Circle Count) … Continue reading

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