Of Cats and Ornaments

“Do you mind if we don’t put up the Christmas tree this year?” my wife asked recently. That was surprising. She’s the sentimental one about the holidays, while I quietly grouse about lugging the dang thing up from the basement, followed by the boxes of ornaments and sundry decorations. But our kids won’t be visiting …

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Ten Years of Racing!: A Celebration, and a Lesson Learned

Last Saturday’s Holiday Hustle in Dexter – a fun and otherwise ordinary end-of-season 5K – was memorable for me. Ten years ago, the 2008 Holiday Hustle was my first-ever official race. That’s right! A dedicated non-runner until my mid-forties, I’d begun with just a few short runs here and there to supplement bike rides and …

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Chilling Out, But Still Running

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE. Winter has Michigan firmly in its grip. The snow is falling, the wind is blowing, and we have below-zero wind chills. So my non-runner friends have begun asking (with tone assuming Yes), "So you're done running for the winter," and "I suppose you're doing your running inside now?" Nope. I admit …

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From Couch Potato to Hustler

POP QUIZ: What's the hardest thing for a runner to do? (Hint: It isn't running fast, or running long.) ANSWER: Nothing. That is, the hardest thing an active guy like me can do is be inactive. And just how hard it is manifested itself today. Now, the term "active" can mean more than lacing up …

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