Category: running

26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause

26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause
Jeff Goad was out playing softball when he took a swing with the bat—and fractured two vertebrae. Just swinging the bat! Obviously, this isn’t normal and after extensive testing, he learned the reason: Jeff has multiple myeloma, an incurable white blood cell cancer that affects the plasma cells. Multiple myeloma makes up just one-percent of... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes: Part 6, One uphill climb has me hit my stride

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes: Part 6, One uphill climb has me hit my stride
After taking a few weeks off from the Vibrams because of some heel pain, I went for a run in them again Saturday. I did 1.2 miles. No running in my Pumas before or after the Vibrams. I wanted to see if they were or were not the heel-pain culprits (In the mean time, I... Read more »

The Chicago Air and Water Show is better at my house

The Chicago Air and Water Show is better at my house
One of the best kept secrets in Chicago is the Friday practice day for the air and water show. The air show is performed, pretty much as it will be on Saturday and Sunday, but without the crowds and traffic or the radio play by play. Although yesterday, one wise guy was playing the theme... Read more »
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Transitioning to Vibram running shoes: Part 5

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes: Part 5
Ran my first mile (actually 1.1) in the Vibrams! That’s the good news. The bad news is I woke up in the middle of the night with a stabbing pain in my right heel and that BWEEE BWEEE BWEEE music from Psycho playing in my head. My right heel is my plantar fasciitis heel. That... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes: Part IV

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes: Part IV
Part IV of my series: Transitioning to Vibram running shoes Yesterday I ran .7 in the Vibrams. I really do love them—it just feels like my running stride is more graceful when I wear them. For the first time, I started my run wearing them (in the past, I waited ‘til the end of my... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibrams III

Transitioning to Vibrams III
Part III of my series: Transitioning to Vibram running shoes Worked my way up to running a half-mile comfortably in the Vibrams, then disaster struck. Okay, not actually a disaster. Just a blister. During one of my longer runs in my Pumas (wrong socks—too thick, I think—I hadn’t intended to run long that day, but... Read more »
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Ever run a 5k an hour after your flight arrived from Paris?

I just did that exact crazy thing last Thursday. Although I wouldn’t exactly call my performance “racing.”  My fellow blogger, Traci Mitchell of Get Fit Chicago, already wrote an excellent blog summarizing the Run for Gus—you should read it—and it was all for a great cause: Pediatric brain cancer research. I already wrote a blog... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes II

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes II
Part II of my series: Transitioning to Vibram running shoes Yesterday I went for a second run in the Vibrams. (My mileage is waaay down this week due to a bout with a head-cold, which I usually run through, but this one made me not only congested but lazy, too.) Basically I did the same... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes
Today I ran for the first time in Vibram running shoes and thought it might be fun to write about my transition to running in these crazy-looking new “shoes.” I get a lot of good ideas when running and unlike the ideas I get after a martini (or two), my running ideas usually turn out... Read more »
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