Tag Archives: runners

The sculptors of our own lives

There was a time when the “end of the season” was emphatic by nature. As a cross country runner through high school and college, the season would end when the success ran out. That could be the district meet or … Continue reading

Posted in competition, cross country, cycling, cycling the midwest, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even the losers get lucky sometimes

Thomas Earl Petty was born Oct. 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Fla., the first child of Earl and Katherine “Kitty” Petty. Petty had a difficult relationship with his father, and cited a particularly brutal beating he received at age 5 that … Continue reading

Posted in 10K, 13.1, Christopher Cudworth, competition, cross country, running | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The secret to love what you’re doing when you run, ride and swim

Motivation is the power source of all performance. Without motivation, there is no will to work. Without the will to work, there is no progress. Without progress, there is no achievement. And without the potential for achievement, there is no real … Continue reading

Posted in competition, it never gets easier you just go faster, mental health, race pace, swimming, training, triathlete, triathlon, triathlons, we run and ride | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oregon runners and Oregon militia

All the focus on the so-called Oregon militia got me thinking about the difference between their “mission” and the tradition of Oregon runners. If you’ve followed running over the last 40 years you know the legend of Steve Prefontaine. He … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

On Halloween and Until Death Do Us Parts

A few years back I tore my ACL playing soccer. The orthopedic surgeon discussed the options and told me I could either take out a slice of my patellar tendon and use that the replace my ACL or else use … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making sense of things down the road

By Christopher Cudworth Roads are very symbolic objects. We use terms such as “somewhere down the road” and “on the road to success” because roads take us places we want to go. We tend to take our roads so much … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Appreciating the extreme sides of running and riding

By Christopher Cudworth The extremes of running and riding are a tarsnake of sorts. We’re so often careful to avoid dangerous situations while running and riding and we take measures like wearing helmets, signaling our direction and running against traffic to protect … Continue reading

Posted in Christopher Cudworth, Tarsnakes, We Run and Ride Every Day | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Do you know how to read your running shoes?

By Christopher Cudworth When your running shoes start to wear out you can usually tell all the way up your body. From tired feet to sore ankles or achilles, tightening IT bands and knee or hip problems, worn out shoes reverberate … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Does it truly matter how well you run and ride?

By Christopher Cudworth Before heading out for a bike ride the third night in a row, I texted my companion and said, “I’m going to go for an easy ride. I’m a little tired.” She wrote back a note of … Continue reading

Posted in Christopher Cudworth, We Run and Ride Every Day | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Base layers and kits that fit

By Christopher Cudworth Back when I started cycling in 2003 or so, I headed to the store and purchased some Pearl Izumi stuff that was real cycling gear. Some nice Descente shorts too. Kits that fit. Yet somehow the jerseys … Continue reading

Posted in Christopher Cudworth, Mechanical Genius, Tarsnakes, We Run and Ride Every Day | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment