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For what it’s worth

The running club filed into the school basement.  What had their coach in store for them now?  They were used to his springing new drills on them and urging them to stretch themselves both literally and figuratively.  He believed each of them could

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Don’t do as I did. A Warning Tale.

Although I’ve been running competitively for quite a while, it’s still not my day job.  Since I’m an amateur, I hesitate to offer advice to other runners.  If asked, I’m happy to share my experiences.  Since mine are unique to

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Is there a running pecking order?

Before I took up running, I played tennis.  One of the  virtues running has over tennis, or so I have proclaimed,  is that you can just go out and run.  Tennis requires the intricate dance of finding a  partner. Of

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Haikus on the run

I love to run with people but I also treasure solitary runs.  Sometimes, during the latter, my mind drifts and I try to think of haikus.  Since I’m an amateur, I take a few liberties with the form.  These are some

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We hope for better things

Never mind what Thomas Wolfe wrote, lately I’ve been somewhat preoccupied thinking about whether you can go home again.   More specifically, whether I can.   It’s not revisiting childhood memories or the influence of hazy, romanticized images from my youth that

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“but they don’t pay me for this…”

>….is something I’ll say to fellow racers or spectators who call out “Good Job!” as I run. I mean it as a funny remark (which means I’m probably already in a bit of hot water, ’cause if you have to

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Free verse running

Midwestern girl, trying to outrun parents fighting, began running everywhere, especially in sandlots. Cried when no Little League would take her. Ran along to college and beyond…… Ran in place for a while. Ran alone. Ran a non-profit to help

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The passion for running

Ask most runners who have been at it over time if they are passionate about running.  Now, admittedly, passion is a bit of a loaded word.  Implying deep feeling,  ‘passion‘ is just this side of ‘out of control,’ some might say.   At

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Almost 472 miles

The newspapers and magazines have begun their “year in review” articles and in some cases, entire issues.  Just a handful of these will sate my appetite.  There are a few, e.g., the NY Times Book Review, that are worth saving

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When life gives you potatoes, make latkes…..

Here’s one of “those” columns.  You know, a “why I love running” type entry.   Nothing surprising here since:  one of the points of this blog is to focus on being grateful, and I love running and I run just about every

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