Tag: running

Walking to Work (Or: The Human Gerbil)

Kinda outed myself about this on Twitter recently. After 20-plus years of slouching at a desk I’m learning the hard way that I should have been moving more and that the occasional blast of fitness doesn’t do it. Six weeks in, I’m down ten pounds and find myself oddly hooked. Have written many thousands of…View post

A Small Big Top Moment

Late last Sunday afternoon before performing at Big Top Chautauqua, I donned my running gear and ran straight up the face of Mount Ashwabay.  Just about hurled a lung, but made it.  Turned at the very tip-top, and was rewarded with a many-miles view of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands in the sun, and…View post

Told You It Wasn’t Pretty

Remember that post I wrote about running a mile recently?  I ran it in 5:50, but told someone it didn’t look like 5:50.  And it certainly didn’t feel like 5:50.  It looked and felt ugly.  Now, thanks to photographer, geographer, radio host and international track journalist Sean Hartnett, I have photographic proof that I am…View post

Reading for Runners

Rodale Press has just published Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures, a collection of stories from Runner’s World magazine.  The anthology includes a profile I wrote of Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall.  I recall so clearly the smell of hot pine needles on the still day when I visited his family and met his wonderful…View post