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Sunday Fall on a Summer Ride

I fell off my bike. Sunday. On a ride. On the road. West of Mechanicsburg. I’m fine. Honest. My right hip is sore from striking the ground. The left side of my neck is sore from whipping my head backwards; pulled muscle. And my helmet has a disappointingly insignificant ding in it from where it stopped the back of my…

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717 Riders Equals a Greenbelt Full of Fun

I’ve been on the Capital Area Greenbelt before. Anybody who’s ever run a 5K in Harrisburg from City Island, or strolled through Riverfront Park at ArtsFest or another annual festival, has experienced a small slice of the Greenbelt. Seeing the entire Greenbelt in one gulp, though, as one of 717 cyclists in the 15th annual Tour de Belt is an experience…

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Jefferson Clinton: a Syracuse Favorite

Just a few minutes before 6 a.m., and I can hear some early diners clinking cereal spoons downstairs. I’m on the second floor of the Jefferson Clinton Hotel in Syracuse, having traveled here yesterday from home for a work meeting. Sleep came easily enough after the four-hour drive, the lamb burger eaten at the bar at Kitty Hoynes, and the…

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Hohokam – Spring Training Day 1

Pre-Game – Friday, March 13 I’ve been to Spring Training twice before. Trips to the Grapefruit League in 2013 and 2014 with my friend, Sal, were fantastic, but the weather tended to be spotty. Like a streaky power hitter, we’d have sunny and mid-80 degree days followed by overcast and mid 60s. We’d watch the Cactus League weather. Eight and…

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Listening To My Little Friend

Catching up on a post from a few weeks ago, but it may be interesting because of what I dealt with at the time and, apparently, have solved. Apparently, because all we really know is the past, and the only way we face the unknown is armed with knowledge. March 2 Elliptical and cycle workout this morning. Right arch ached…

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One Week Closer to Spring

One more week on the road to spring. One week closer. Feb 25 After logging four miles on a chilly Sunday earlier in the month, my right arch began to ache. Not a sharp pain, but the dull throb would not go away. I pushed myself further than I should have, a stupid mistake given that I’ve suffered self-inflicted injuries…

10K Is Close, Feels Far Away

    I have a goal, but one that seems to get further away with each week. In my RunKeeper app, the one goal that has been consistent over the last couple years is to run a 10K. After all the things I have done, running a 10K remains one of the things I’ve not crossed off my list. Regardless,…

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Taking Stock of the Holidays

The holidays are over, and as we descend into a gray, dreary January, I’m taking a few minutes today to celebrate the recent season. Our holidays began with Thanksgiving dinner at home. Stephanie, Katie, and my mom and dad enjoyed a fabulous turkey meal with all the trimmings. And the potato filling; never forget the potato filling. While cleaning up, we…

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New Year’s First Run

I started the new year this morning with a short run outside in the fresh chilly morning. It was nothing spectacular, but I had promised myself that I’d run this morning, and I did. Having allowed my conditioning to slide after training to run five miles last November in preparation for the Rothman 8K – which I didn’t run, story…