Monthly Archives: August 2015

Changing up routine turns 10-mile endurance test into a fun run

Weekly 10-mile runs have been a fall ritual for my sister and I ever since we started running together back in 2010. That first year, those runs came on weigh-in day during the final stages of my 90-pound weight loss … Continue reading

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A kids’ point of view: My love-hate relationship with Athletes With Purpose

By Colleen, age 12 The word AWP brings feelings of both hate and appreciation. I hate it because it is one of the hardest workouts I have ever done. I appreciate it because I know it makes me a better basketball player. … Continue reading

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Do you know what your carb-tolerance level is?

If you’re like most people – including longtime Atkins’ fans – you likely have no idea. To get there, you have to figure out what level of carbs helps you maintain your desired weight without gaining. In an interview last … Continue reading

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Breaking out of a slump (I hope)

It’s weird to think that even though I’m coming off my first 30-mile week* in God knows how long, there wasn’t a run I felt good about until yesterday – kind of. First the heat and humidity derailed last week’s … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: A game-changing bike ride

By Colleen, age 12 Last Friday was a game changer. That is the only way to put it. I rode all the way into town, about 12 miles because we went the long way to Aunt Traci’s house. I was … Continue reading

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A kayaking couple’s amazing quest

“The hardest part of doing anything is simply deciding to do it.” — John Abnet, who along with his wife, LaNae, kayaked 1,591 miles from the origin of the Wabash River in an Ohio farmer’s field to the Gulf of … Continue reading

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Offbeat triathlon game cures lazy-butt syndrome

Recently a friend posted on Facebook, “If I rode my bike, mowed the lawn, and then walked, does that count as a triathlon?” It was a joke, obviously. But it got me thinking about how sedentary some days can turn … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Inspired by a running movie

By Colleen, age 12 Last weekend my friends and I watched an awesome running movie called “McFarland USA” during my end-of-summer sleepover. It was about a school of poor Mexican immigrant kids on a cross country team. They had an … Continue reading

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Will our grandkids know what it’s like to ride on roads that aren’t paved with sandpaper?

What a difference a summer makes. When school was letting out back on June 1, I was incensed about the new chip-seal paving job on the road that links our house with the kids’ school. And I wasn’t the only … Continue reading

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A ‘Make the best of it’ race: The Bison Bash 5K

This is what I get for running what turned out to be the “junior varsity” event Saturday at Ouabache State Park. The Bison Bash 5K was delayed six weeks to give the park’s trails time to dry out from this … Continue reading

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