Tag Archives: running

Why the sense of urgency? The numbers don’t lie

I turned 58 a week ago. Amid all the birthday cheer on Facebook was a post from a childhood friend, sharing that his mom had died that very morning. That sad news reinforced what I wrote the next day to thank … 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 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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It’s not a bucket list, it’s a GAF list

The principal of the high school where I taught English many years ago once showed up at a faculty picnic wearing a baseball cap with ‘DILLIGAF’ on the front. When I found out what it meant, his approval ratings went … Continue reading

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Dear trolls who write nasty, ignorant comments: Identify yourselves

The past three days brought out the best — and worst — of my community. Neighbors of mine, 12-year-old twins with muscular dystrophy, were initially denied entrance into a popular July 4th 10-mile run. After a media and social media … Continue reading

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Finding my way 500 miles from home — one step at a time

LANSING, Mich. — This morning’s mission in unfamiliar territory 500 miles from home: fit in a 10-mile run without getting hopelessly lost. I don’t own a smart phone or a Garmin. I don’t believe in Map My Run. I have … Continue reading

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