Wiping the Slate Clean – January 2002

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I never expected to have glory days as a runner. I certainly never expected that if I had glory days they would all be behind me. As I enter my second decade as a runner, it’s time to wipe the expectation slate clean and start from scratch. This year I’m going to retrace my steps as a runner. From 5K to Marathon, I’m going to have a brand new set of glory days. I actually have a plan—to start with the 5K and work my way up the distance ladder as the year goes on. This time I want to…

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Starting Over: The Archives, January 1997

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January 1997 :: Starting Over This is the first January since I began running five years ago that I haven’t been injured. Some years it was just a left over pain, and others it was more serious. In any case, January has always been when I started from zero. I got pretty good at starting over. My January logs look strangely alike: some walking, some stationary biking, and a little running. There’s never been any training in January, just recovery and physical therapy. Every January I was a new runner. Every January I had to start slowly and cautiously, adding…

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Correct and Redirect

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No Need for Speed: January 2006 Starting out without starting over You never know where some tidbit of wisdom is going to drop into your life. Often some of the most salient advice comes when you least expect it. In this case it was while getting a haircut. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. As a kid, when I went to the barber [and he was a barber, period] it was a matter of sitting in a chair while this giant man with clippers ground away at my hair. It was second only to going to the…

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Giving and Getting

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Before there were “The Penguin Chronicles” a friend and I, Lee Alsbrook, wrote a column called “The Recess Bell” for a local newspaper. This is one of those early columns. December has always been a strange time of year for me. In addition to the holidays, my birthday is in December and so this month has become a watershed in my year and in my life. This was the month that society granted me important permissions. In December I became old enough to drive, old enough to get married, old enough to vote, and old enough to drink. I also…

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Running Home

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Running Home There are many advantages to starting to run later in life. Among them is the ability to use running as a means to rediscover memories long forgotten. For me, running is the key that has unlocked the most foreboding doors in the cellar of my psyche. Having had a life before running means there are many people and places which exist for the pre-running me. As that pre-runner recedes into my past, I’ve found I need a guide to take me from the person I was to the person I am becoming. Running has become that guide. The…

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Days 99 and 100

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Day 99: 45 minutes walking on the treadmill. Absolutely amazing that I’ve been able to stay healthy enough to keep at it. This is the best I’ve done in several years. I’m pleased that I’ve been consistent and persistent. Now, on to 100!   WE DID IT! We’ll, at least some of you did it. I came close. 98 out of 100 days. Pretty sure that’s an “A” in any case. It’s really been great to have to support – and maybe even pressure – to stay with the program. I can think of many days that I would have…

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WEEKS ELEVEN, TWELVE and THIRTEEN

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Holy Cow. We are almost 3/4 of the way there.  We are less than 30 days away from completing 100 Days. By now I hope you’ve got the momentum you need to carry you through. By now, I hope it’s hard to imagine NOT getting in your 30 minutes. The best advice I ever got when I was racing was “don’t get greedy.” What that meant was the even if I was feeling great I needed to just stay calm and run my own race. The same hold true here. Don’t get greedy. Stay the course. Keep getting in your…

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The Penguin Chronicles – Family Values

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I grew up in an extended family. Of course, I didn’t know it was an extended family. All I knew was that it was my family. A mother, father, brother, grandmother, and grandfather. Sometimes there were aunts, uncles, and cousins, depending on how extended the family was. When you’re a child you don’t know any better. I didn’t. I woke up and everybody was there. I guess I figured that every family had the same cast of characters. The good news about an extended family, especially and multi-generational extended family, is that you’re exposed to lots of different world views…

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WEEK NINE & TEN

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Where to we go from here? It seems like that’s always the question. I’ve been doing so well so far. I haven’t failed. And yet there’s this voice that keeps telling me that I’m going to fail eventually, so why not get it over with. I’m not sure where they voice comes from. I’m not sure whose voice it actually is. I just know that it’s there and that I have to fight it every day. Day 57. 30 minutes walking on treadmill. 15 minutes on bike trainer. Tried mixing it up a little today. Hoping that helps with the…

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WEEK EIGHT

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This is it. Half way there. So, depending on your perspective, we’ve already done one half – or – we still have one half to go. January 1, 2016 seems like a long time ago. And it was. It seemed easy, then, to make a commitment to do 30 minutes f activity every day. Really. How hard could that be? Some of you know exactly how hard. So do I. I haven’t missed a day, but I haven’t been 100% committed every day either. Some days it’s easy. Some days it seems impossible. But, if I just get started it…

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