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Leading the weigh

I interviewed a 34-year Weight Watchers leader for my final column to appear in the print edition of The News-Sentinel, which will roll the presses for the last time Oct. 7 before going all-digital*. One of the things I admire … Continue reading

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Running therapy 101: Training your brain to spot the open door

The topic for last week’s running therapy sessions – and many more to come, I’m sure – was set on Sept. 11, when my husband lost his job and his car on the exact same day. Neither event in itself … Continue reading

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A hike through the Great Black Swamp

Watching hurricane updates over the weekend, thankful to have our evacuated daughter back home and praying for loved ones who were riding out Irma huddled in a closet, it was weird to be simultaneously absorbed in writing about a hike … Continue reading

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Rowan’s ‘mermaid’ smoothie

This is Colleen. My big sister Rowan got to come home this weekend! She was showing me a picture of this amazing-looking Mermaid protein smoothie she made last week. Isn’t it pretty? The ingredients, except for the star fruit, dragon … Continue reading

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A real-life lesson in why hydrating with caffeine is a dumb idea

On a run last week I was exploring with my sister whether donating plasma is a creepy or reasonable thing to try, given that I’d come across a coupon purporting to pay $300 over five visits. Even allowing two hours … Continue reading

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A slice of heaven: tomato pie transitioning into pizza

I’d never heard of tomato pie until I saw it in the deli case at the Charleston Bakery and Deli. I was picking up some pastries at the time, but I couldn’t get that pie out of my mind. The … Continue reading

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Failure-proofing a 225-day streak

In a year when my running plans have been derailed by persistent injury, a ridiculously tiny fitness goal has taken on outsized importance. In fact, I’m not even going to tell you what it is just yet, it’s so humiliatingly … Continue reading

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A cool thing that happened when I hopped off the yoga treadmill

There’s a Chinese parable I read somewhere once about a farmer whose only horse ran away. “What terrible news!” his neighbors said. But the farmer replied, “Who knows what’s good or bad? Only time will tell.” The next day the … Continue reading

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Consistent also-ran persists despite 1-43 record in friendly rivalry

How does it feel to get beat by the same guy 42 years in a row? I’ve been to many a Swiss Days Race over the years, but this was a plot line that eluded me until my dad, who … Continue reading

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Charleston tackles climate change

    Wading into the Atlantic over the weekend off Sullivan’s Island, S.C., I was stunned by the warmth of the water. At times the waves crashing over us felt almost … hot. I wasn’t just imagining things. The water … Continue reading

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