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Letting go of 2017

A few days into January I toyed with the idea of going for 2,017 miles in 2017. A couple of Colleen’s teachers who are also runners were going for it. Averaging 5½ miles a day sounded completely doable under their … Continue reading

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Using ‘workout mode’ to tackle an unpleasant task

Why is it that I can embrace all kinds of pure fitness workouts, but I have to trick myself into a grueling, cumbersome task like getting out the heavy 12-foot step ladder and cleaning gutters? When our son’s not off … Continue reading

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The ‘FitBit effect’on a family gathering

When we arrived at my parents’ house for dinner yesterday, four or five people who on any other given Sunday might be planted around a chip bowl trying out a new dip were zooming around the house racking up FitBit … Continue reading

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A cross-training plan for January

Inspired by a lingering case of plantar fasciitis and  the legions of FitBit evangelists who’ve emerged during the holidays, my plan for January is temporarily switching from a running-based fitness plan to one that emphasizes four mini workouts per day. … Continue reading

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Holiday food log 25-26: 2 valuable lessons

I keep wondering if this holiday food log is a frivolous waste of both my time and yours. This is a busy time, right? Yet learning how to eat during the holidays in a way that feels enjoyable without losing … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Shattering my PR at Swiss Days 5K

By Colleen, age 13 I have a love/hate relationship with the annual Berne Swiss Days Race. On the one hand, it is part of my heritage as something my grandfather helped start 40-odd years ago. However, this race has always … Continue reading

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Why Tri?

Fighting interior battles during a race is nothing new, but on Sunday at Tri the Creek it wasn’t my Inner Whiner who was making trouble – it was my Inner Miser. Potato Creek State Park is my favorite venue for … Continue reading

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The car-sharing built-in fitness plan

Don’t tell my son, but there’s a part of me that secretly hopes we don’t get around to replacing our third-string beater that recently bit the dust. It’s not just the money saved (though there’s a sizeable difference in insurance … Continue reading

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Finishing up a triathlon with a triathlon

I didn’t need any more running miles to finish up the 8-week YMCA triathlon, but after swimming 1.25 miles and cycling 19 miles on Saturday I couldn’t resist adding in a 3-mile run to make the cycle complete. It was … Continue reading

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The mental aspect of spin cycling: what works for me

For me, getting faster on a spin bike appears to be almost entirely mental – something to do with finding a pattern I can sustain rather than flailing as hard as I can and hoping I can keep it up … Continue reading

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