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Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 09:09 am
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I love that clip from Will Ferrell's film Anchorman, and it fits tangentially into today's post. Summer in the Midwest is a time of wretched, smothering humidity and baking heat, the combination of which usually makes you sweat without exerting any effort. If you dare to move around while outside in this sweltering stew, you take on some very real health...
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 05:17 pm
Perhaps it was the heat. By 9:30 in the evening, one would normally expect the sweltering fever and thick humidity of the day to dissipate, but the sultry blanket of summer seemed to defiantly drape itself over the park even as the waning crescent of moon slowly climbed into the night sky.

Full of root beer caffeine and a week’s rest, I bounded down the stairs of my apartment bui...
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 03:48 pm
            Drugs. In the world of fitness – and by extension – sports, they have become an issue impossible to ignore. Even though most of us amateur runners, cyclists and other athletes will never deal with steroids personally, we are constantly barraged by allegations about or confessions by the names we admire: Lance Arm...
Monday, July 19, 2010 05:38 pm
My sister Natalie is awesome. (Both of my sisters are awesome, of course, but only one of them is relevant to this post.) A dietician by trade and an avid fitness enthusiast, Natalie recently turned me on to an online tool that holds a lot of promise for my future fitness.

For a very long time, I’ve been kicking myself for not doing a better job of tracking what I eat. I know tha...
Friday, July 9, 2010 05:08 pm
Let’s take a break from fitness for just a moment to discuss “The Decision.” I happened to catch hoops prodigy LeBron James’ announcement that he would play for the Miami Heat, and I just have to make a few things clear to the world of sports: 1) Professional athletes are a bunch of overpaid clowns. Basketball players throw an orange ball through a...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 11:01 am
I have fallen off the wagon. I haven't run in several days, and the interval between my runs has grown lately. I know that exercise gives me energy and confidence while speeding up my metabolism, so why have I let myself get so far off track? I confess to having been lazy, distracted and unmotivated. Today, that ends. Below are a few of the things I'm doing to stay motivated and get back...
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:32 am
Hey, long time - no see! Where have you been? I was worried sick about you! You really ought to come visit me more often. (Yeah, I haven't posted on this blog in awhile. I'll change, I promise!)

Now that you're back safe and sound, let's talk about diet. When you're exercising a lot, it's hard to balance your need for energy with the all-too-easy tendency to undo your workout by eating ...
Friday, April 23, 2010 09:15 am
Any avid runner knows the joys of a road without cars. Though you only need about four feet of personal space, it’s a wonderful feeling to have an open road before you and no metal beasts whizzing by with seemingly total disregard for your safety. It’s the difference between feeling like you have the whole world to yourself and feeling like you’re being stalked by a thous...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 04:05 pm
I woke up Saturday morning at 5:45 – fifteen minutes before my alarm clock was set to being its annoying beep regimen. Here’s how it usually goes: The sound starts slowly. “Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep.” After about 8 beeps, it suddenly doubles in speed. “Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep” If I’m not up within a few seconds, it goes into t...
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 04:33 pm
Some of you might remember that cartoon "Bobby's World" from way back in the '90s. Bobby's mom sounded like she was from Minnesota, perhaps because it was created by that crazy Canuck, Howie Mandel. Anyway, the mom always had goofy sayings like the title of this blog post, which leads perfectly into the topic: running in the rain.
It’s supposed to rain t...

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