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Finding My Groove in an Early-Morning Dream World

Saturday has become my usual day for doing longer runs. Today was no different: I got up at 6:30am to run 10 1/2 miles. It was cold and quiet on the street. As I began, I wasn’t in the best of mental spaces: my head was distracted by concerned thoughts and general malaise, some run-of-the-mill […]

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Health & Outdoors Law of Attraction Personal Growth

Progress is Inevitable

This morning at the cafe I was writing about yesterday’s triumphant running experience which, to summarize, was my third time running 20 miles, yet my first truly satisfying 20-mile running experience. As I sat there writing, the following thought occurred to me: You are seeing the inescapable fact of progress towards what matters to you […]

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Third Time’s a Charm

So today I completed my 3rd 20-mile run :). As happened with running half-marathons, the third time proved to be the charm! First of all, I was faster than ever. In fact, I ran 35 seconds per mile faster than last time. Secondly, I felt pretty good for the entire run, whereas on my previous […]

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Health & Outdoors

One Must Be Prepared for Long Runs

My running plan this year included running my first 20-miler. Tomorrow I am going to run my third so far 🙂 I wrote about my first 20-miler back in June. That run was a slog, despite the fact that I was excellently prepared: I had run 14-, 16-, and 18-miles respectively in the weeks prior […]

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Health & Outdoors

New-and-Improved, Pandemic-Era Running Regime (October Update)

Earlier this month I wrote about how I was running more often these days. That trend has continued. In fact, this month I ran 23 out of 31 days, something I have not done for years, if ever. In the process, I actually ran more miles than I ever have in a month, to my […]

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Creative Writing Health & Outdoors

“The Trusty Jog” (Ode to Running)

A few days ago I blogged about how much I am appreciating my runs these days as a mental uplifter to set me up with a good day. Tonight I got poetic on the subject 🙂 “The Trusty Jog” I got caught up in a murky thought But that’s okay, I’m not distraught It’s a […]

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Health & Outdoors Home Life Miscellaneous

Just Another Mellow Pleasing Day

Today was a pleasant balance of free-time and structured time, me-time and time shared with others. All in all, it had several elements of my ideal Saturday 🙂 Allow me to enumerate: 6am: up and at ’em while still dark out (see featured image above), 10 mile run along the American River Parkway. Bee-you-tee-ful sky, […]

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Health & Outdoors

My New-and-Improved, Pandemic-Era Running Regime

I had two primary running goals coming into 2020: first, to run over 1000 miles for the year, as I did last year; second, to run a 20-miler. I’m within 30 miles of achieving the first goal, with over 2 1/2 months to go, and I ran 20 miles for the first time back in […]

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Health & Outdoors Personal Growth Shenanigans & Ruminations

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Good Hobby

Recently, I was running with my buddy Dave–for the first time in three months, because of the Quarantine–and we were talking about our hobbies. He told me he recently started building and flying model airplanes, something he had wanted to do since childhood. I agreed that having good hobbies adds a lot to one’s life, […]

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Health & Outdoors Shenanigans & Ruminations

The Benefits of Real Life Interaction

Today I went in for Jury Duty. I got myself all ready for it: I ran yesterday so I didn’t have to run today. I got up bright and early. I made myself a lunch. I brought a good book. I even had my wife cut my hair for the occasion (!), and I made […]