Tag Archives: running

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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Holiday food log 23-24: Race day munchies

You know a trail race is gonna be tough when your car has trouble making it there on icy roads. We finally arrived at the HUFF about half an hour before the start, but had to trek half a mile … Continue reading

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Holiday food log #21-22: ‘The Gingerbread Girl’ diet

For a while now I’d been wanting to try eating like this character in a Stephen King story called “The Gingerbread Girl.” In the story she’s literally running away from unhappiness, fleeing to Florida and doing a lot of compulsive … Continue reading

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Holiday food log Days 8-9: Running fuel

Is there any better running fuel than peanut butter stirred into oatmeal? Yesterday I had that for both breakfast and an early lunch (along with 7-8 dates) before meeting my sister for a hilly 10-miler along the Wabash River east … Continue reading

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Holiday food log Day 6: Food as anxiety meds

Yesterday was crazy. I had a big deadline, crappy sleep, and on top of everything else, we found out the condos overlooking Gatlinburg where our family has spent group vacations for the past 20 years or so – including two … Continue reading

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What does it really mean to be color blind?

This election hit me like 9/11. Wednesday morning felt like awakening inside some dystopian graphic novel. Adding to my mental anguish, through a flukey set of mostly unrelated circumstances, that was also the third day in a row I was … Continue reading

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Going on a zombie chase

A zombie chase is such a great way to celebrate Halloween. All ages can participate, and it’s fitness based instead of candy-oriented. At the inaugural event held over the weekend at Ouabache State Park, human runners wearing flag football-style belts … Continue reading

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One runner’s triumph after ‘miracle rescue’

I got goosebumps when I heard Phil Amburgey’s story during last month’s Parlor City Trot Half Marathon. Even now, 18 months after his rescue from a traumatic trail running accident, Phil –– who says he’s a religious man – believes … Continue reading

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A 23-minute marathon PR – running without a watch

  I guess it’s not surprising I knocked more than 23 minutes off my marathon time, running outdoors for the first time after two previous indoor marathons. Instead of grinding away the time and the miles, I felt like I … Continue reading

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Dreaming up a DIY runner’s port-a-john

Some distance runners keep their minds busy by composing music or designing houses on long runs. During last week’s 20-miler, I was dreaming up a do-it-yourself runner’s port-a-john with components that could be stashed in your trunk and assembled at … Continue reading

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