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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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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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When good things happen to good people

We were still caught up in homeschooling when I lost 90 pounds in 2010, and as the weight melted off and our kids began hanging out more, I started running periodically with one of the other moms from “Live and … Continue reading

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A simple example of how running therapy opens your mind

Saturday morning I was sitting in my little economy car, heater on, trying to maneuver one leg at a time against the dash so I could start stretching without freezing while I waited on my sister for a run. Eyeing … Continue reading

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Racing in the neutral zone

“Pro-America,” read the bumper on the car ahead of me at a traffic light one day last week. “Pro-Freedom!” I wished I had one just like it, only with a third line at the bottom: Anti-Trump! A T-shirt would be … Continue reading

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The horror of eating

Lola didn’t mean to bite Doc Ferriss Oxide. She’s famished, hasn’t eaten in a week, been pacing around her enclosure – or what passes for pacing when you’re a python – and on top of everything else, her eyesight’s not … Continue reading

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1 tiny change that’s made a big difference

“Writing is harder on my body than running is. I’m relaxed when I run. But when I write, I tend to hunch over my laptop, unconsciously flex certain random muscles, just basically distort my body into cramped, unnatural positions. Lately, … 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 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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