Monthly Archives: March 2014

Obsessing about how running can ‘balance’ your life

I’ve never seen an actual issue of Women’s Running magazine, but I like its mission statement about catering to “smart, successful women who use running to balance and enrich their lives.” I think every runner feels like running enriches his … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Working out with a broken wrist

By Colleen, age 11 Working out with a broken wrist is not fun! But it was not as hard as I expected. On the elliptical, I rested my cast on the arm rests. With weights, I either did abs or … Continue reading

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Salmon burgers (minus the spinal columns)

Who knew canned salmon was so disgusting? Apparently the typical processing method is to just toss the entire fish into a wood chipper. By the time I dug out the copious amounts of silver skin and what appeared to be … Continue reading

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A Weight Watchers wake-up call

Looking to take off some extra “baggage” put on over the weekend, I decided to break out my old Weight Watchers book, complete with its falling-apart paper slide-rule of a “points calculator.” Toward the end of my 90-pound weight loss … Continue reading

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Run/walk experiment #3: 7 miles

I felt much more upbeat going into last week’s 7-mile run than I did before yesterday’s run/walk on the same course. It was a beautiful springlike day, I was excited to run and eager to turn in a decent time … Continue reading

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Run/walk experiment #2: Cutting 10 minutes off a 10-miler

On the one hand, this boggles my mind. How can I possibly cut more than 10 minutes off my 10-mile time (1:57 vs. 1:46:46) walking every 5th minute? I mean, if you look at my splits at the bottom of … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Box jumps broke my wrist!

By Colleen, age 11 I HATE box jumps! I now have a broken wrist because of box jumps. And it’s all my brother’s fault! We were doing a workout Saturday night before our last weigh-in. Ben was setting up our … Continue reading

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Bad runner behavior: What could top this?

When I think of runners behaving badly, I think of stuff like not running on the correct side of the road or ignoring a funeral procession. But … pooping on somebody’s property? And then making that a regular part of … Continue reading

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55 days without Diet Coke

There’s a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke sitting on our kitchen counter, and I’m really enjoying giving it the evil eye every time I walk past. It’s now been 55 days since my last sip of this beverage that once … Continue reading

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66.5 pounds vaporized in contest

We lost a total of 66.5 pounds in our 6-week family weight-loss contest – an average of 8.3 pounds per person or 16.6 pounds per two-person team. In the team competition,  Colleen and I just barely edged Ben and Mason, … Continue reading

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