Tag Archives: Swiss Days Race

Free to run (but not for free)

I’ve worked Saturdays ever since Cassie was a baby — and she turns 15 this summer. When I started running in 2010, it wasn’t long before I began to resent how I was never free to race on Saturdays. Then … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Swiss Days Race excitement!

By Colleen, age 10 We are really excited about the Swiss Days Race tomorrow. The shirts this year are a lot cooler than last year’s since it‘s the 40th race and everything. Grandpa brought ours home early and we’ve already … Continue reading

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Interview with an Iron Kid

After writing up Colleen’s Iron Kid saga for yesterday’s News-Sentinel column, I thought it would be interesting to get her perspective on what it’s like to compete as a “metabolically challenged” 9-year-old athlete. The week after the Iron Kid Triathlon, … Continue reading

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Reawakening an old love: the mile run

As a running coach, I’ve apparently got a ways to go to capably instruct third-graders. Case in point: I thought it would help Colleen to get an early baseline time on a 1-mile course she plans to race in July. … Continue reading

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Ode to an unassuming running hero

I’d been hoping to interview Fred Liechty at some point, to get his perspective on logging 85,000 miles without ever investing in a “real” pair of running shoes. Unfortunately, Fred, who’d moved to Goshen, Ind., to be near his children, … Continue reading

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The 13-mile road beater connundrum

It’s amazing how much difference a few degrees and a greater shade-to-sun ratio can make. Last week’s 10-mile run was an ordeal. Whereas this week’s was … just a run. Which freed my brain cells to consider the biggest question going into … Continue reading

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Don’t judge the trudge: A Swiss Days Race epiphany

Ben and Colleen thought they‘d get in a bunch of training before Saturday‘s Swiss Days Race, but between baseball, swim team, 4-H and last week’s trip to Florida, the summer got away from us. Still, they were determined to run … Continue reading

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A new dream race

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was dreaming of running the Swiss Days Race, a 5K in the nearby town of Berne, Ind. Now I’m dreaming of Global Running Culture’s Half Marathon in Santa Fe, … Continue reading

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The jogging conundrum

Why do so many people hate to run? I think it’s because you need to run at least a couple of miles to experience the endorphin release known as a “runner’s high.” But you can’t go that far without training … Continue reading

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