Tag Archives: running

Wearing down the competition, and not yourself

So many endurance events come down to a contest of attrition. In a distance race, the matter of who wins and who loses often comes down to the competitor that can hang on the longest. During one of my triathlon … Continue reading

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Wish you were here

This morning as I ran my typical 8:30-9:00 pace for four miles in the early September humidity, I thought back to the training I was doing 40 years ago, in 1978. That was the year our college team took second … Continue reading

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When the track calls you back

Those of us that ran track and field in high school or college feel quite at home doing intervals on a running track. That’s not the case for many people who did not have that opportunity. They seem to dread … Continue reading

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On writing and the light within

I remember well the jury-rigged IBM Selectric typewriter that I used to write in the summer of 1983. I’d purchased the machine from a friend for $100 and it worked fine except for the fact that the carriage would sometimes … Continue reading

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Escape from Runworld

As a viewer of the HBO show Westworld and previously, the popular television series Lost, I willingly suspend some levels of critical analysis about the premise of these shows. One can’t dig too deeply into the context or it quickly … Continue reading

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Painting your blessings

I’ve written a few times before about how a three mile run is about the perfect length to enjoy fitness and clear the head. This morning the winds were high and it was cloudy here in Illinois, but the temps … Continue reading

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No date with destiny, but a lesson or two worth learning

In 1981 the world was going nuts for running. The second phase of the American running boom was in full swing. As an avid runner, I thought (and was sincerely hoping) that it might mean women would find me more … Continue reading

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Infectious ideas

Back in the fall of 2013, I picked up a sliver in my middle finger while doing work in my back yard. It didn’t seem like anything to worry about in the moment. I’d had many slivers in my lifetime. … Continue reading

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Testing, testing

I’ve never been the best test-taker in the world. Part of my challenge is what my brothers and I call Artistic ADD. All through grade school and high school I struggled with the ability to pay attention. There were times … Continue reading

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Black and white ice in a grey world

Early morning freezing rain made the roads slick for running today. I got out the door by 6:30 a.m. and immediately found my daughter scraping away the thick crust of ice on her Honda windshield. She’d gotten through the top … Continue reading

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