Running Fads

I like running fads. I think because running is so boring/simple, we occasionally need to pretend it’s harder than it really is.  5 toed socks have been around a while. They are popular in Japan and have caught on here a bit with folks like me for whom normal socks are just too easy.  Some […]

Shaking Off the Winter

When the dark and cold gets to be a bit much, I know the winter running doldrums have set in. There’s the long winter lull between races and the fact that morning runs involve putting on more layers than an Antarctic expedition. Getting motivated for a run after work is always a little dicey, in […]

Mononoke-hime

And now for something completely different. A week ago was the 20th anniversary of Princess Mononoke, an animated Japanese movie made by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie was shown as a special release in a few local theaters to commemorate the occasion. Miyazaki’s movies are all fascinating but Mononoke holds a special place in my heart […]

Tiny Track

Sometimes winter running gets to be too much of a chore. The cold, the dark, the layers…yuck. But not running just causes irritability and binge-watching. So, maybe the treadmill? What am I, a hamster?  My neighborhood YMCA has an indoor track which is kind of the perfect solution. I say kind of because the track […]