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A minute faster in 5K Challenge race #2

A friend talked me into attending a 6 a.m. Boot Camp class Friday. After all those burpees, jump squats and walkout pushups, I could barely move the next day – and I had an extremely drippy cold to boot. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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Running reboot: Starting over with a 5K Challenge series

There was a time when I didn’t much bother with 5Ks. But coming off a year of injuries, followed by a winter during which I essentially started working two jobs, I’ve been barely running at all. Given all my frustration, … Continue reading

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Poop donation: The ultimate fitness status symbol?

  When I was a kid, you could earn an impressive-looking patch called the President’s Physical Fitness Award for performing well in a series of running and calisthenic challenges.   Decades later, those life insurance ads that offer special rates … Continue reading

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How TV weather man lost 110 pounds

“When you’re heavy, you just don’t realize how awful you feel.” – Greg Shoup, WANE-TV meteorologist, on his 110-pound weight loss. Bob and I went to the local Soil and Water Conservation District dinner in February to hear longtime Fort Wayne … Continue reading

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A run along the Charleston waterfront

Finally, after wanting to do it for two years, I got to run along the waterfront in Charleston. Every time we’ve visited my daughter down here I think I’m going to make time to do it, but it never seems … Continue reading

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Our new Sunday workout: The ‘wall ball shuffle’

My sister Traci saw this killer core workout at a tennis coaches’ seminar in Indianapolis a few weeks ago. Naturally she felt compelled to buy an oversized medicine ball of her own, and now our Sunday dinners at my parents’ … Continue reading

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A visit with my favorite fitness guru

Of all the diet and fitness folks I’ve consulted in seven years of doing this blog, the one who inspires me most is an 82-year-old diabetic chess addict who’s never run a race or joined a gym. Bonaparte C. Damocles … Continue reading

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A VO2 Max test for mere mortals?

The VO2 Max test has long been associated with elite athletes – a training tool for Olympians, a way for NFL scouts to assess would-be draft picks, that type of thing. But recently I had a chance to sit on … Continue reading

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Editing inferior pizza out of my diet

  When I saw my husband’s tweet about this disgusting case at an Indiana Little Caesar’s last month, I wondered if I’d finally had my fill of this particular brand of budget pizza. Just because a heroin user with open … Continue reading

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Versatile oatmeal breakfast cake

We make a lot of oatmeal at our house, which gets recycled into an oatmeal breakfast cake about once a week. If I’ve added apples or blueberries to the oatmeal, then that goes into the cake, too. But plain old … Continue reading

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