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The Year of Focus

I think thematically. As each year comes to a close, I spend December sitting with the work of my previous year. I sift through what I’ve created, I look at what I didn’t create, and conceptualize what I want my next year to become. I’ve always been methodical and particular in my thinking, but I’ve become much […]

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Lessons from a 100-mile Ultra Marathon

In 2011, I met a woman. Okay that’s not technically true. What happened was this: I followed this woman up Grandfather Mountain in Boone, North Carolina for about 7 miles as we both labored to finish one of the hardest street marathons I’ve run. After the race I tweeted out my time, and she responded. We […]

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What We Mean When We Talk About CrossFit

Whenever I mention that I’m part of a CrossFit gym, the first question I get centers on injuries. People who haven’t been exposed to CrossFit (or exposed to CrossFit boxes that don’t focus on technique) are concerned that the combination of Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and sprint exercises will be too hard on their bodies, and […]

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That OPSF 50/50 Ultra

Last weekend, I completed my first ultra marathon: the OPSF 50/50 race in Spencer, Indiana, a brutal all-day affair that sent runners out on 1, 2, or 3 14.1 mile loops depending upon the length you were running (plus a 5-mile Power Line loop for the 50K runners, and 2 5-mile Power Line loops for […]

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Day 52: As School Approaches…

While I don’t write about writing much anymore, I’ve been writing a ton every day. Unfortunately, none of the writing is on my writing projects. I’ve nearly finished my research proposal for graduate school (which involves writing a short novella), I’ve written scores of pages for my online classes, explaining the details of my assignments, […]

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Day 48: Run, Bike, CrossFit

Last Sunday, Rebecca and I decided we needed to kick our training up a notch. After all, we’d been going at CrossFit for about 2 1/2 months, and we were starting to feel…energized. If you’ve ever worked out for an extended period of time, you’ll understand that feeling. When you finish a hard workout, you […]

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Day 47: Crossfit + the 90s

Rebecca and I started going to CrossFit about 2 1/2 months ago after deciding that running probably wasn’t enough for us. She’s attempting her first marathon (which comes after a car accident one year ago) and I’m trying to finish that Ultra that kicked my ass last year (and the Tecumseh Trail Marathon that whooped […]

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Day 37: Ultra Trailing

Today, I rode 20 miles on the Monon trail. The last time I road anywhere near that distance was 2003 when I was dating a woman who would go on to complete an Ironman Triathlon. Back then, our 30-40 mile Sunday “fun rides” nearly killed me. In fact, I hadn’t been on my bike since […]

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