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Running from the Cold

For all us athletic enthusiasts out there, winter can be an especially trying time.  Running outside in comfortable spring weather is a challenge that many of us may take up until we learn to love it; until we even learn to long for it.  When the weather turns and the flowers bloom, we cannot drive past a scenic nature trail without having to fight the urge to pop on our shoes and race away.  When it gets like this, we have to make tough choices.  Do we brave snowy wind in our face and sub-zero …

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When the Trinity Crashes a Beer Run

Recently, I teamed up with two friends of mine to enter a costume contest and road race in which teams of three competed for the chance to win Skyline Chili for a year for the most creative contest (providing all three members of the team stayed tethered together throughout the race). The race started and ended at a festival beer tent and I’ll get back to that in a minute. My always-creative wife thought it would be great if the three of us dressed as members of the Holy Trinity, and since it’s hard to …

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Running Boston

    Boston Common Picture from Wikimedia Commons   My wife, Hollie, and I spent first the two years of our marriage living just outside of Boston. In fact, the first time she came to visit me in New England, we walked all around the city in the pouring rain. We were soaked, but we were also soaking in the architecture, the smells, those funny shaped roads, and of course the people. I’ve been to Fenway four times in my life. The first time, I was only about seven, and my Grandfather woke me up …

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The Race is On!

I ran track for one year in high school. Mostly the mile and two mile.  The mile I liked, but the two mile, now that’s a different story.  Something about going around in circles eight times in the same direction—it felt pointless to run all that way just to end up right where I’d started.  And track meets—ugh.  Seems like it was always either freezing and raining or baking hot.  No in between.  I remember sitting in the stands (and sometimes under them) bundled up against the wind and rain trying to do my homework …

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Outrun by Mommy

I was recently pushing my way through 5 mile run with my mother.  I am embarrassed to have to admit that right around the 4th mile, I had to ask my 50+ year-old mother to slow down so that her not quite 30 year-old son could keep up with her.  And to make matters worse, I asked her at just the moment that a large group of hikers was going by.  Finishing up the run left my quads burning, my calves stiff, and my lungs anxious for relief.  That’s right, my mother is in incredible …

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We All Have a Vocation, I’m Chasing After Mine

For the second year in a row, the Vocation Office is pulling together a team of runners to enter the various races of the Flying Pig Marathon and compete as members of the Run for the Call team. This team will be adorned with bright, gold-colored t-shirts with maroon lettering that says boldly, “Run for the Call” on the front and “We all have a vocation, I’m chasing after mine” on the back. As the organizer of this team, I have to admit that I’m a little biased when I say, “What a cool message!” …

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Run for the Call

I’m not a runner. Even when I was in the best shape of my life (on two different swim teams at once), I couldn’t run long distances with ease. But I do enjoy it, and I’m always looking for new ways to connect with people who share my passion for the sport as well as new and great causes for which to run. I was excited to find a team of men, women, and children who are helping young men in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati fulfill their vocations to the priesthood by running (or walking) in area …

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