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Saturday, March 6, 2010 03:18 pm
As a southern Indiana native, I can openly admit that I’m not a big fan of Springfield winters. Ice and snow covered my neighborhood’s streets and sidewalks for weeks in December and January, making driving difficult, dog-walking unsafe and running nearly impossible. (Note: I can lend credibility to this complaint. I attempted to take my foster pup Gunther for a quick jog in the...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:30 am
April is fast approaching, and it’s going to be a busy month for a couple of us in the Illinois Times office. Amanda Robert and I are running three races in April, back-to-back-to-back, and we’re pretty excited. We’ve been training officially since January, though we started running in November or December as a sort of “pre-training.” Now that we’re only a month...
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 02:00 pm
Now that my legs have returned from the jelly-like state induced by the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb on Feb. 20 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, I’ve had a chance to chat with a few other people involved in the event. Lori Younker, director of Program Services and Development at the American Lung Association in Illinois, sent over some photos from the...
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 11:13 am
As I rounded the corner to the stair well, the radio-controlled timer reacted to the tag on my shoe, reminding me with a loud “BEEEEEP” that there was no turning back. I was participating in the American Lung Association's Fight For Air stair climb at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, and all I could think about was flight after flight of endless stairs, challenging me, taunti...
Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 02:33 pm
Staring upward from the feet of Polyphemus, I feel a twinge of vertigo overwhelm me. The arrogant, towering cyclops seems to lean over me, mocking me and threatening to crush me. He is unmoving, yet he seems ready to raise his club and end me. A blink and a deep breath reveal Polyphemus to be the soaring Hilton Hotel - not the hungry spawn of Greek deities, but still intimidating enough ...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 01:15 pm
Exercise is not everyone’s cup of tea. You get sweaty, you get tired and many of us feel we have to go to the gym to get a real workout. But there are plenty of exercises that don’t require a lot of time, space or equipment. Lately, I’ve been doing the Prison Workout (he...
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 04:20 pm
Ever wonder about the nutritional value of papaya? Ever wonder whether iceberg lettuce is really as useless as it tastes? The same folks who brought you Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, The New Yorker and many other edgy national publications have compiled data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to show you the value of your food.
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 05:20 pm
When I decided to get my health and fitness in order, I took up running because it was the easiest way to make a change - easier than improving my diet, that is. Since then, I've come a long way, and one group in Springfield has helped me achieve something I thought impossible. The Half Wits X2 running group is a diverse collection of local runners who get together every Saturday morning starti...
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 10:24 am
As I sit here munching on all the goodies bestowed upon the office this week from wonderful friends and clients, I can't help but wonder why in the world would I think that I can write anything useful about eating right? But then I remember that eating correctly is the usual thing I try to do. This season just throws me off course a bit. As years have marched on for me, I have had to consider the ...
Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 04:09 pm
This could be a critical week in the national health care debate as Democrats aim to deliver reform by Christmas. Senate Democrats in Washington, D.C. have mustered the required 60 votes to stop a Republican filibuster of a health care reform bill, clearing the first of the remaining parliamentary hurdles before the massive bill can be passed. The reform measure has been watered down to attract ce...

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