Category Archives: running

Free smiles for volunteers at 5K fundraiser

This is the fourth year I’ve volunteered at Paige’s Butterfly Run, a 5-kilometer run in Syracuse that benefits children (and their families) receiving care at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The run is named for Paige Arnold, an 8-year-old who died of … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Final Day: Triumph, best shared

Today’s Photo 101 assignment asked us to capture an image of triumph. I went to the files for one of my favorite vicarious triumphs — one of my sons completing his first half-marathon, in 2011. I snagged the above shot … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Day 4: Bliss is in the eye of the beholder

Today’s assignment: Choose an image that represents bliss. I took this photo last September during an early morning run training for the Columbus Marathon. That’s when I’m happiest — outside in nature, running, in shape and with a goal in sight.

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A sign of warmth — and something else — on a very chilly day

The thermometer read 17 degrees Fahrenheit and the “real feel” temperature was 4 Sunday afternoon, but an earlier visitor to the Erie Canal in Central New York was feeling warm. As one of my running buddies pointed out, it’s coming … Continue reading

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Would you swap your talent for someone else’s?

Let’s say you’re a gifted painter. Maybe you don’t make a living at it, but it’s a source of pleasure and fulfillment, occasionally joy. But for years you’ve wished you were a standout baseball player, even though you’re not so … Continue reading

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A tell-tale sign of a good vacation

We came across this street sign while out on a run during vacation in Northern California. The sign marks a street adjacent to an elementary school, and it fits our mood after putting cold, snowy upstate New York in the … Continue reading

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A tale of two shoes in four short paragraphs

A man I don’t know walked past me, carrying a pair of my shoes. He went out the door, but I didn’t try to stop him. The long white laces were tied together, and the shoes were draped over his … Continue reading

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A confrontation that was worth it — for one of us, anyway

In more than 30 years of running the roads, I have encountered intentional bad behavior only a few times. Once, passing teenagers spit out the window and nailed me good. A few other times, oncoming drivers have laid on the horn … Continue reading

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Unexpected lessons learned after running 26.2 miles

Running 26.2 miles provides plenty of lessons and revelations, but it’s often the unexpected that stand out. Here are four from Sunday in Columbus, Ohio — kindness, helplessness, desperation and yes, more kindness. Kindness  After finishing the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, … Continue reading

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Syracuse, NY, may require downtown employees to smoke

Frustrated by efforts to quell an increase in cigarette smoking by downtown workers, the city of Syracuse, NY, is considering a radical response. City officials have drafted an ordinance that would require all employees who work downtown to smoke outside during their breaks. … Continue reading

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