Monthly Archives: January 2019

piñata yada yadda

I began running in 1979. Back then, there were just three essentials for a runner: shoes, shorts and a piñata. You could add accessories like a hat or a shirt or heart-shaped sunglasses if you were a Fancy Runner, but … Continue reading

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ice see what you did there

Winter sucks. The nation is shivering amid a bone-chilling cold spell, and you’re stuck in the middle of it. You dread going out into the arctic abyss, but you’re a runner. That’s what you do. Pulling into the track parking … Continue reading

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i heart sunglasses

As it turns out, the secret to running appears to be heart-shaped sunglasses. Who knew? The kid’s a whirling dervish. Jumping jacks while Mom stretches, sprinting the straights, ponytail in hot pursuit, constant motion. I, on the other hand, run … Continue reading

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layoffs

It’s the day after the latest round of layoffs at work. You dodged a bullet again, a bittersweet mixture of relief and guilt as you walk over the corpses of your fallen comrades. You go to the track because that’s … Continue reading

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mario and me

His name’s Mario. I’m out for a stroll on the track. I’m on day 2 of a fast that has me fuzzy, but it’s a beautiful day and it seems a shame to waste it. An old guy is finishing … Continue reading

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the ultra minimalist steeplechase

The trouble with the 5k is that it’s not glamorous. You’ll never impress your co-worker in the break room by mentioning you ran a 5k race over the weekend. Actually I work at home so the only person in the … Continue reading

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trailing off

Some days are just trail days. We go to the Pima Canyon trailhead. We’re planning on the National to Mormon Loop. Big fun. But then we arrive and it’s almost like it’s a national holiday or something. It’s like Disneyland … Continue reading

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