Old dog, Old tricks…

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If we set the WayBack machine to the Spring of 1991 we’ll find an overweight, smoking, over-working, Associate Dean at the Oberlin Conservatory who looks a little bit like “the Penguin.” Bigger, duller, less happy, and weighed down not just by body but also by his spirit. At some point you’ll find Dean Bingham picking up an old Peugeot 10-speed with white-wall tires and shift levers on the down tube. And with that purchase his life, my life, changed forever. When I was a kid I loved to ride my bicycle. LOVED it. I started on a ratty 20-incher with…

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WEEK SEVEN

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What does it mean to be in Week 7. It means we’ve only got one more uphill week before we start downhill from Day 50 to Day 100. So, if this week feels more difficult to you, it probably is. I’m doing better this year than I have in recent years. Not doing an 18 day trip to Antarctica certainly helped. I’ve been able to be much more consistent in my training. It’s also helped that I got a new bicycle and fancy trainer. Here in Chicago winter means months on the treadmill, and even I get tired feeling like…

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Week Five

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Welcome to Week 5. Amazing, isn’t it? For many of us the idea of getting through one week seemed impossible, and yet, here we are getting ready to start the week that will take us into our second month. So what does this mean? For some of us it means a lot. It means, maybe for the first time, we’ve actually stuck with an activity program for more than just a few days or weeks. We’re into it now. For some of us, myself included, it’s a way to try to rediscover the joy of simple movement and the satisfaction…

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Hearing Voices…

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Penguin Chronicles: January 26, 2016 Hearing Voices The late Dr. George Sheehan was arguably the greatest philosopher on running that ever put a word on paper. His book “Running and Being” was the manifesto of his generation of runners. They believed, as he did, that through running and the galvanizing effect of effort, we can find what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, he argues, we have the power to discover “the truth that makes men free.” He was the voice of his generation of runners. He wrote to…

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Week Four

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If you believe the experts, or at least some of the experts, we’ve already established our habit of being active for 30 minutes every day. I’m no expert, and I suppose I’m more inclined to believe – as the 12-step programs believe – that it really comes down to one day at a time. I’ve already had 2 days where, if it weren’t for this challenge, I would not have gotten in 30 minutes of activity. They were busy days, I got behind schedule, and the easiest thing to do would have been to skip those days. But, I didn’t….

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Week Three

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For me, the third week of anything is the most difficult. I’ve lost track of how many times I tried to quit smoking. I’d have great intentions, commitment, and will power. For about two weeks. For me, this is the biggest struggle, in some ways because I know if I get to week 4 I’m gonna feel like I need to do it. And maybe that’s the key. I’m afraid that I’m not going to make it, so I figure I might as well get the failure over with. So, I’m going to have to really make the commitment this…

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Back to the Future…

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The first “Penguin Chronicles” wasn’t even called the penguin chronicles. It wasn’t called anything. It was just an email. It was June of 1995, I’d been running for a few years, had been having a lot of fun participating in events, including a couple of duathlons and triathlons, and I’d heard of a group on the internet called “The Dead Runners Society.” In those days The Dead Runners Society was sort of a secret email server group made up mostly of academic and government types who shared their running and racing experiences with each other. Somehow I got invited to…

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WEEK TWO

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OK. Now what? The excitement of the holidays are over. Maybe the kids have gone back to school, or you have gone back to work, or maybe you just feel yourself running out of steam. Well, there’s good news. The good news is that, according to the experts [whoever THEY are] it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. What’s funny about that is that it doesn’t seem to take me 3 weeks to establish a BAD habit, but, whatever. So, forget about the 100 days. Tell yourself that you’re 1/3 of the way to establishing your new habit…

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WEEK ONE

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Day one: Finding a reason to be active. As children, all we wanted to do is be active. We played tag, we played hide and seek, we played catch, we rode our bikes to all the exciting places in our neighborhoods. Well, that may not be the case so much any more. Children today, and adults today, have allowed themselves to be convinced that being inactive, that sitting for hours in front of a computer, or playing games where the figures on the screen are moving but we aren’t is normal. It’s NOT. Movement is natural. Movement. I don’t know…

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Rules of the Road

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There aren’t a LOT of rules with the 2016 Penguin’s 100 Days Challenge. The goal is to move intentionally for 30 minutes EVERY day for 100 Days. FAQ:  What can I do? Anything thing that makes you move. Walk, run, cycle, vacuum, Zumba, Wii, it doesn’t matter. Park your car 5 minutes from your door at work, or at the mall. What DOES matter is that you make the decision to be ACTIVE. Do I have to do all 30 minutes at one time? NO! All of our lives are different. All of our lives are busy. But, all of us…

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