Author Archives: tischcaylor

Taking a break

As some of you may have noticed, I’m taking a short break from this blog. My day job’s been taking an increasing amount of time lately, and I don’t have any races coming up for a while, so it seems … Continue reading

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Wind runner

Sometimes when I can’t get myself to run, I pretend I’m someone else. On a wet windy day like yesterday, I pretend I’m my son’s old cross country coach, who once told me that the most exhilarating race he ever ran … Continue reading

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A food log lesson: When your strategy is foiled by the unexpected

When I record entries in my food journal, I sometimes pretend I’m reviewing game film of how the day went, breaking down what went wrong and how I could do it better next time. I use a lot of sports … Continue reading

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3 ways to beat serving-size guilt

A meal bar that offered an astonishing 48 grams of protein in exchange for 24 carbs, 6 grams of fat and 320 calories would seem like a nutritional powerhouse. So why is it that when I get those same numbers … Continue reading

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Giving goat yoga a try

I’m not an animal person, but I couldn’t resist giving goat yoga a try. It was a fundraiser at our local YMCA. Seventy-five people spread their mats in the gym while 10 small goats wandered among us, bleating nonstop, climbing … Continue reading

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5K Challenge: A race that felt more like a club run

The North Adams Strides for Students 5K felt more like a club run than a race. Most of the 39 runners knew each other, and even though I’m from out of county, I’m starting to identify who’s who. I know … Continue reading

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Swiss Days Race disappointment

I’d really hoped that by this year’s Swiss Day’s Race I’d have my 5K time under 30 minutes. Instead, I took a step backward, running a 32:38 after logging 31:58 in a June 9 race in the Adams County 5K … Continue reading

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How losing even a small portion of excess weight can make a big difference

Anybody who thinks weight loss is an all-or-nothing proposition ought to meet Vera Richardson. At 308 pounds, she’s still likely to be the most overweight person in any room she enters. But the 79 pounds she’s lost over the last … Continue reading

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Food log favorites tied to days of the week

When I record my hours at my day job, if I indicate that I was working with a specific person on my caseload rather than general administrative duties, a set of goals linked to that individual will automatically pop up … Continue reading

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Helping others race is a great feeling

Looking to boost our dreadful preregistration numbers for our local 4-H 5k, I’d recruited a handful of walkers from the agency for intellectually disabled adults where I’ve been working the last few months. I wasn’t really sure how long it … Continue reading

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