Wounded Knee and the Oregon Trail

Flickr plugin still broken. Photos are here. This is the post I’ve simultaneously been wanting to write while still driving that day, and dreading because it’s so complicated. It doesn’t have the undercurrent of dark tourism that the Charleston plantations or Oklahoma City did, but maybe it should? It certainly started to once this trip […]


Running and Steps

Last Tuesday my hip began to whinge on a short pre-work run and I wondered why. Nothing had been particularly strenuous or beyond my normal. On the return leg of a run cut short, I realized I’d accidentally run five days in a row. Oops, my feet feel so much better in good shoes that […]


Beautiful Badlands

Either Flickr’s sale or the last WordPress update broke that plugin, so photos are here. I’m nearly done with my photos, but I still have way too many. The Badlands are almost beyond description though. Driving through scenery like that… with scenery like this in your mirrors. It’s just surreal. This was one of my […]


Days 1-3: Denver to Deadwood and Dead Men

I heard a lot of Montana ads while away and while I don’t remember it verbatim it was something about memories on the price of gas. Well that also fits this nearly 1,600 mile road trip. Total gas expenditures? $103.10. I’m not an organized enough driver to have also tracked the gallons that made for, […]


In the books: August 2017

long post to come re: my amazing road trip, but quickly closing out the books on August Came just shy of my full month without goal. I missed it by 20 (!) steps on August 30 and about 1,200 on the 31st. Latter was a conscious choice as I preferred to explore the town I […]


On Gyms, August and September

Exhale, I found a gym. Yesterday’s plan was a follow up on Friday, however only the New York Sports Club at 49th & Broadway was open. It’s nice, and huge. But it’s way too much money. I just don’t want to spend $90/month on a gym no matter how close it is. Speaking of close, […]


Gym Shopping: Redux

It wasn’t exactly my plan for the afternoon but when I found the 2012 chapter of gym shopping last night, I had a feeling that kind of analysis might be in my future. So this afternoon I headed out to explore some of the options I identified and those that came from my Facebook crowdsource. […]


Speedy Turtle: 5K edition

Speedy is my turtle’s name, though it does not fit. Seldom does he move at all, he just likes to sit Why yes, I am quoting a song from as far as I got in piano lessons on a running/reading/travel blog. What do you mean that doesn’t fit? I’m a turtle and I “sped” today. […]


Price of Laziness: $2.75

this isn’t one of those esoteric, vague treatises on the price of laziness. This time, laziness has a pure cost: $2.75 An unlimited monthly metrocard costs $121 and works out to be a little more than forty rides a month. It usually makes sense for me due to meetings during the day that are too […]


Review: My First Coach

I’ve read and enjoyed Gary Myers before so when his new book, My First Coach, showed up on NetGalley I was eager. I knew that there would be some overlap with Brady vs. Manning in both of those chapters, but I was pleased to see that this book covered the 2016 season so would be […]


Gone: 30 minute goal

after thinking about this on and off for the last few weeks, I just threw the 30 minute daily goal out the window. I had mentally written a blog post for today explaining how much work I had to do to get my average back over 30 minutes after a short run (no running allowed […]


Repost: Hiroshima

As was the case with the Nagasaki post, this is my post from the January 2006 trip to Hiroshima. I haven’t yet found the April trip and not sure I blogged the 2001-2002 visits. This is the original post, reproduced below with only formatting changed. Current notes at the bottom I’m amazed I manage to […]


Nagasaki Remembered

I’ve been thinking a lot about Japan lately, and I’m not sure why. It’s not a milestone anniversary of my arrival (sixteen years next week, twelve years in November when I went back). Nor is it a milestone of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I’ve been thinking a lot about them since Sunday. In digging through […]


Happy Feet

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I may be to the point where I don’t need to dedicate any Taylor Swift songs to my shoes. The shoes in the aforementioned tweet were OK but eventually went back because they were just cut too narrow. This is apparently a thing with recent ASICS. […]


Review: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

This book took me way too long to move up Mt. TBR and then once I was reading it, way too long to finish. Not because it wasn’t good — but because July is when two of my “must read now” books are published and a few library books hit too. I don’t recall when […]


GoTheDist July 2017

before I entered today’s run I was averaging 12:56 pace for average workout time of 30:41. After today’s? 12:53 for 29:52 UGH! I was so close to maintaining the 30 minute average. But I don’t feel badly about cutting today short as my foot finally doesn’t hurt! Not after Saturday’s run and not walking home […]


Fascia fighting Friday

So I have two pair of running shoes. One that were new models of the regular sneakers I’ve been wearing forever (always preferred to walk in running shoes) and one I’ve been properly fit for. Any guesses as to which gives me fits? Yep, that would be the properly fitted (and prettier) ones. They first […]


Sunday Funday Rebound Runday

I (sort of) meant what I said when I didn’t care about yesterday’s time. I was more about the photos and the experience and in the humidity/with the stairs, walking was smart move. But it bothered me that the first mile was so slow when I was running. Today I was having a typical slug […]


Enjoying the time, untimed

Today was the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Could there be a better 5K location? I don’t think so. I forgot my watch would likely have an issue finding the GPS signal inside the stadium where the run began and since I didn’t want to destroy my battery running Strava, I decided not to […]


Review: House of Spies

The British prime minister owed his career to him; the pope, his life. Even so, he was not the sort of fellow to shamelessly collect on an old debt. The truly powerful man, said Shamron, never had to ask for a favor. aka Gabriel Allon takes on Morocco. Aside from the typical concern for Gabriel […]


Transformation Tuesday: 6.2 on 7/4

I’d hoped to do the Firecracker 10K, but registration logistics didn’t work out and I still needed to earn this US Road Running I Run for Bling medal** that came in the mail earlier this week. It was gorgeous and I knew how to get roughly 6.2 out of Central Park, so off I went. About […]


Review: Running Like a Girl

this may be the quintessential “don’t judge a book by its cover”, or, by its title. When I first stumbled on it, I disregarded it as probably patronizing. The “Bridget Jones-like writer” endorsement from The Washington Post didn’t really help matters. I was pleasantly surprised to be completely wrong. “You don’t run,” he corrected me. “But you’re […]


RunTheYear / GoTheDist 2017 Halfway Point

Whooah, we’re half way there…Take my hand and we’ll make it, I swear…Livin’ on a prayer It seems like just yesterday I was setting my 2017 goals and now we’re at the year’s halfway mark. I thought I had a set mileage goal, but I had a 3.8m step goal (with 4m as stretch and […]


Couch to #4x5KChallenge

When I first ran in January (January 7, to be exact) it was .61 miles in 12:00 (19:40 pace, essentially walking) following Runkeeper’s version of the Couch to 5K. That was on a whim when I went to the gym and I had no sense of whether I’d stick with it. A few milestones over […]


#4x5KChallenge: Week 2/3

amazing what a difference two weeks makes. Both after work, same lunch. Weather slightly cooler, but not enough to make a difference I wouldn’t think. I didn’t set out to do a 5K, but wanted to go for a run and once I realized how beautiful it was, I wanted to run outside.One of many […]


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