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You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But… (race recap and photos)

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Okay, fine, I admit it. I went in to my race with expectations. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t. Most novice or recreational runners will tell you before a race that they don’t really have time goals, that they only want to have a good time. Yeah, and most of them are lying their wicking-running-shorted butts off too. Nearly every single one of us have a time […]

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Ferdinand the Treadmill and 168 Flowers

Ferdinand by ColbyBluth

So as I was running on the treadmill this weekend doing my last long run before my upcoming half-marathon, I decided to watch bull riding on the television. Don’t ask me why; the mind does strange things to entertain itself on a long run, and mine is no different. While I watched the rodeo I thought, hey, I bet I can write a pretty cool poem comparing my treadmill to […]

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Closer to Fine (a few quick updates & a dang good read)

Did I mention Game of Thrones is back? (Waves to friend A... HODOR!)

Because sometimes you read something and you want everyone else to read it too. Because sometimes you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself the words, “It doesn’t matter.” Because sometimes there are no reasons or easy answers, and even if there were, do they even really matter now? The past is the past. We can’t change it. We may never fully understand it. And you know […]

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There is a Light and it Never Goes Out

Forest Night Sky Spruce Trees Stars by Forest Wander. Via WikiCommons, CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

I am sitting at my dining room table, in my red-walled dining room, with a thick book of algebra and algorithms open before me. I am sixteen, and it is only the beginning of the school year, but already I am flipping to the back of the math book, staring at pages that look like they are written in Greek. (I imagine many of them were.) My jaw drops a […]

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Badassery: a guest post by Dennis Meeks

Dennis Meeks, badass, with one of his first medals from the Navy Nautical Miler.
Photo courtesy of Adalyn Meeks.

I’m thrilled to introduce Dennis Meeks to you all. Dennis is a very kind and supportive reader of Running on Sober, and when he mentioned in a comment that he was in the midst of running thirteen marathons in twelve months . . . and doing it to get and stay sober . . . and doing it in his early-60’s, well I practically begged him to share his story with us. […]

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My New Rules for Running (including “I will love my thunder thighs”)

(Photo found in multiple locations on the internet.)

A few thoughts on running, and a handful of “new rules” I hope to follow in my current training season: I will stop calling myself slow. There are others slower than me. Sometimes they’re not in my race, but they’re out there, and they are running. A 12-minute mile is the same distance as a 6-minute mile or a 20-minute mile . . . one mile. I will stop calling myself a fat runner. I […]

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Holiday Sobriety and Sanity Savers

Country Church by Mark Duffy via FineArtAmerica

(This was originally posted November 2013, but I am making it a sticky post for the ’14 holiday season. I hope it helps someone. I wish you all happy and healthy holidays. -ros) I was standing in a deserted church parking, freezing my ass off, wailing like a crazy woman, a couple of days after Christmas in 2010. Oh yeah, I was also talking on the phone to my ex-boyfriend from […]

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The Secret Keepers (reblog)

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Originally posted on Mended Musings:
? I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to ask you to share this post. Reblog it, share it on Facebook, tweet it. Someone out there needs to hear this message today. Even if you think you don’t know anyone who has been abused. Even if you don’t read the entire post. About a month ago I was asked by Dawn…

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