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Runner’s column: think inside the box

Think inside the box

On the last day of class, my linguistics professor proudly stated his farewell address. It was a hot and sticky afternoon in mid July. We were young twenty somethings looking forward to and secretly fearing our student teaching placements. He delivered his words with grace. “You are now guardians of the English language, gatekeepers responsible for maintaining the integrity and strength […]

20 ways to spot a runner in the wild

20 ways to spot a runner

More people are running marathons now than in any time in history; up from 507,000 in 2010  to 550,637 today. The numbers have been on a meteoric rise since the early 2000s. Moreover, the couch to 5K and beyond mentality has and continues to spread like the common cold. Here’s a tell-tale guide to help you […]

There’s only one way to the finish line: by completing the race (Runner’s column)

it takes the art of restraint to both start and finish well.

The cast of characters behind the scenes of the Rockstar’s 2011 game of the year, Red Dead Redemption, rivals those behind the scenes of a Hollywood blockbuster. Video games are art. We aren’t going to debate this. But this form of art may not hold the same stock in an increasingly busy world. Social media platform, Raptr, studied more than […]

Outside looking in: what happens when a serious runner takes a break from serious running

Outside looking in: what happens when a serious runner takes a break from serious running

My cross country coaches taught me success comes from consistency. Day after day; week after week; month after month; year after year. I believe it. Practice it. Reap its benefits. It’s a mountain climb. Cliche, yes, but apt. You can measure it in steps, feet, miles, even experiences. Looking back, you can see how far you’ve traveled. But with […]

Lessons learned from my daughter on stroller runs

Arguably, the most powerful scene in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird is when six year-old Scout approaches the lynch mob gathering around her father, Atticus, who stoically stands guard for imprisoned Tom Robinson. As readers, we imagine the worst from the mob – blind violence. But Scout identifies and imagines the best. “Don’t you remember me, […]

Music Monday: Skip the playlist and listen to the album

Music Monday: 25 great rock and folk albums to run to

I came of age when mix-tapes were the medium for professing love and admiration. For making a statement about the world. In 80 minutes or less, you could tell a story that your words alone simply couldn’t. The order. The opening and closing notes.  The contrasts. It was all so important. The medium was an earnest form of self expression. It […]

Runner’s Column: gaining a sense of control over good vs. evil

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Growing up, I had a fond fascination with the creepy, the crawly, the scaly and the macabre. I can’t blame my dad for feeding my mind with cheesy 80s creature features. Pirannah, Alligator, Critters, Godzilla … they all ended the same way, too. Some hero or anti-hero saved the girl, the family, the town, the world, and defeated the […]

A daytime runner starts running at night – and sees the light

Need a new perspective on running? Try a different time of day. One runner switches to night time running and it makes all the difference.

Confession: I lied to my wife. More like stretched the truth. You see, a few months back, when I said “I’m going to run a few miles,” I secretly ran more than a few miles. I was gone for about 30 minutes, so you can imagine me comfortably running 7:45 – 8:15 minute miles, taking in […]

20 reasons why running in the snow is the BEST

20 reasons why running in the snow is the BEST.

Snow is here. And it looks like this winter will be just like the last. Instead of pricing our treadmills and winter gym memberships, consider making the best of the frozen wonderland. Play detective: Follow footsteps and see where they lead. Are they human? Feline? How and why did they suddenly disappear? Snowy Snapchat: Leave a fading trail […]

How can you tell if you’re a ‘real’ runner? Avoid the click-bait and just look in the mirror

If you run, you're a real runner. Period. The end.

Click-bait has taken over the Internet –  or at least, my Facebook feed. I’m constantly taunted by articles like, “You know you’re a real runner when you …”  or “10 ways to tell a serious runner from a non-serious runner.” Too much chum in the water, if you ask me. Because if you lace up your shoes, lean […]