Back to Basics

I was afraid I was losing my running mojo. It’s ok to lose interest in activities. It’s ok to move on to other things. I thought that’s where I was after running the Chicago Marathon. I took a planned two week hiatus from running. I loafed. I napped. I ate. […]

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Growth, Invisible

A few months ago, I had a plant disaster which I thought might be the end of all my meager horticultural pursuits. But, yesterday, in a twist I nearly didn’t notice, I saw a tiny, plant-based miracle. When we moved from Tulsa to Georgia over a year ago, I gave […]

A Time to Rest

Every day for the last week, I’ve slept through multiple alarms, and I feel great about it. For the last five months, I’ve been waking in the dark quiet of pre-dawn, when event the birds know it’s still sleepy time. In the heat and the rain and the humidity, whether […]

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Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

On a day when most of America was talking about whether football players should kneel for the national anthem, and Puerto Rico was under water, and health care was on the butcher block, and North Korea was shaking a threatening fist in our direction, I witnessed a simple dinner between […]

Have Tos and Get Tos

Like most people, I have a list of have tos that can climb atop the mountainous piles of laundry and dishes and forms and and and. And that’s the way of it. Each of my children had the same (wonderful) kindergarten teacher, and in her class, they learned that they […]

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When You Don’t Feel Like It

Today was Track Tuesday and I. Did. Not. Want. To. Do. It. Even as I laid out my clothes last night, and charged my fancy watch and searched for my headphones and wished for a new episode of my favorite podcast, and set my eleventy hundred alarms, and drank my […]

Hope Isn’t a Strategy

I was listening to a conversation the other day (I was supposed to be listening) between two women, when I heard something that shifted by mindset about the tough slog that is solo marathon training. One woman was expressing discontent about something in her professional life. She said, “I hope […]

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Running with ghosts

Running with Ghosts

There’s this great store in the town where I live. Just off the main downtown drag, a red brick building sprawls over a block and up a few stories. The front and side are strapped by tall, clean, bright windows. A wood sign hangs like a tooth over the street, […]

One More Lap – Track Workouts

Sometimes I think training for a marathon is harder than running the actual marathon. You’re talking 16 to twenty weeks of rigor and attention. I’m not even what anyone, by any stretch of any imagination, would call a natural athlete. While I’m sure I look like an Olympian when I’m […]

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Buck Up and Do It

Three weeks until the end of the school year, and since we live on a campus, we can see the signs of exhaustion everywhere. The students fluctuate between half a care and exactly zero cares. They can barely drag themselves to sport practice after school. When they’re not busy avoiding […]