The Old Man and the Hills – Part 3 of 3

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“[I felt]…glad as anyone can who feels afraid, and as afraid as anyone can who feels glad.”
– C.S. Lewis Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Hills – Part 2 of 3


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“Ragnar was a king and hero of early 9th century Scandinavia. He was a conqueror, a wild man, a leader, fearless and free-spirited. *  

* Actual history may vary from our romanticized version.” – Excerpt from the Ragnar Relays web site, Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Hills – Part 1 of 3

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About six weeks ago, when the track season was still in full swing and summer still seemed far off, I agreed to fill one of the spots on a team planning to compete at the Ragnar Trail Relay at Northfield Mountain on June 16th and 17th. It wasn’t something I would have thought up on my own: I’m not a trail runner or a mountain goat, and given all the trouble I’ve had lately with short, easy runs in the city, it was odd that I’d sign up for an event that would require three separate runs of 3.2, 4.8, and 6.5 miles, up and down thousands of feet of mountain trails, sometimes in the middle of the night Why would I do something like that?

It was partly the feeling of being wanted. Continue reading

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Early Morning Run

Today I woke up early, and – before my waking brain had the chance to weigh in – had pulled on shorts and a t-shirt, had found socks and a battered pair of Mizunos, and had eased downstairs and out the door, and stood on the sidewalk considering the world. Continue reading

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You CAN get there from here

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On Saturday morning, 31-year-old Alex Honnold stunned the climbing world when he became the first person to free solo Yosemite’s mighty El Capitan, climbing the 3,000-foot granite monolith using only a pair of climbing shoes and a bag of chalk. No ropes. No safety equipment. Just his otherworldly ability to push down any fear and continually put one hand in front of the other.” – Justin Housman, Adventure Journal

“It doesn’t feel that big a deal when you finally do it, because you put so much effort in. I mean the whole point is to make it feel not that crazy.” – Alex Honnold Continue reading

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Global Introverts Day!



It’s Global Introverts Day — Let the parties begin!

I didn’t realize it until seeing an item in the NY Times this morning while eating my bowl of cold cereal that today, June 7, is Global Running Day. I’m embarrassed to admit that it snuck up on me again this year, and I completely forgot to send out my Global Running Day cards, hang Running-themed decorations around the house, or order a somber and sympathetic Global Running Day floral arrangement for my long-suffering spouse. Continue reading

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A few thoughts on failing (gloriously)

“[We] foster an environment where failing gloriously is just as honorable as succeeding greatly, where trying something new is just as respectable as setting a record, where the greatest thing we can accomplish isn’t necessarily winning at all costs, but instead feeling at the end of the day like we’ve done something that enriched our lives through effort and commitment. These moments pull us all closer together than any ribbon or medal.” — B.L. CA Class of 2017 Continue reading

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