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#858: Run in Atlanta

As I ran in the early morning darkness (the sun rises late here compared to NYC and I had to work early, so it wasn’t the best timing on my part), I found myself hyper aware of my surroundings.

That’s just good sense in a strange city, especially without the light of day around to make things look less dangerous, and I would have been paying close attention in a new place no matter what. But as I sprinted past the homeless and aimless population of downtown in the pre-dawn stillness, I couldn’t stop thinking of a recent incident in New York where a woman was sliced on her face by a seemingly random man walking by in the still-dark morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in Sports


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#837: Don’t run a marathon

It wasn’t the first time I didn’t run a marathon.  But it was the first time I planned to run a marathon, registered to run a marathon, started training to run a marathon, but then did not run a marathon.

To put it simply, for those who have not been following the harrowing yet mundane saga, I started running about 2 years ago, spent all of last year completing races to qualify for the NYC marathon, and then after a sickness this winter, was suddenly unable to run anymore.  Doctors’ visits, medications, breaks from running did nothing to help, and this summer I eventually admitted I had to stop preparing for my goal.

I still remember the day I finally had to tell myself I couldn’t do it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Sports


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#812: Do a mud run

Running a race that includes obstacles in mud pits wasn’t something I had ever particularly wanted to do.  But if we only ever did things on our bucket list, we’d probably end up doing a whole lot of nothing most of the time.

So the fact that more than 24 hours later I am still trying to figure out how to get enough dirt out of my clothes so I can put them with the rest of my dirty clothes to wash isn’t an indication that I didn’t have a good time.  Well, it isn’t an indication that I’m not glad I did it, at least.

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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Sports


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#783: Use an inhaler

It turns out maybe doctors do know what they’re doing sometimes.

Maybe, possibly, it would have been a good idea to take the prescribed medication a month ago instead of having to go to the doctor again because I’m unable to run more than 10 minutes without coughing things up.

Maybe, possibly, I wouldn’t now have to use an inhaler for at least a week while I hope it gets me to the point where I can breathe again.

Maybe, possibly, I let my worries about the terrible side effects of steroids get in the way of sound medical treatment that would have allowed me to not freak out about the possibility that my marathon goal may be dashed before I can even start training for it.

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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Health


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#762: Register for a marathon

You’d think after more than a year of planning for this moment, hitting the register button would prompt at least some sort of thrill.  Just a little one; nothing major.  At least some small signal to indicate that every cell in my body fully understood what a monumental moment this was.

I filled in my name, my projected time (4:59:59, because, while it will probably take me more than 5 hours, setting a possibly unattainable goal is just one of the things that keeps me feeling young), and method of payment.  I winced at the fee of $227, which is more than $8 per mile and a ridiculous amount no sane person would agree to pay in exchange for the torture of pushing their one and only body through such a feat.

Then I sat there, expecting to feel triumphant.  Instead–nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Sports


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#730: Admit to being a runner

It’s like writing–the only qualification to call yourself a writer is that you write.  The only requirement to be a runner is that you run.

Still, I’ve had trouble telling myself (and others) that I’m a runner.

Why?  Is it because I don’t actually enjoy running?  Or because if I call myself a runner then I think I’ll be held up to higher standards?

Yes.  Both. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Sports


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#681: Fall while running

Considering I am the klutziest (not a word; don’t care) person I know, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. In fact, to have it happen on what my running app tells me was my 100th run since I decided to run a marathon seems almost fitting in some way.

The good news:

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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Sports


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