Bicycling in Charlotte

I live on an island, known to the natives as NoDa, The Arts District, or North Charlotte (depending on how old-school they are).Β  With the recent LYNX Light Rail construction, NoDa has quite literally become a destination retreat, with many access roads closed over the past months or years. There are only a couple of…

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Book Review: Dies the Fire

From Goodreads: Dies The Fire: A Novel Of The Change The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race-and a Dark Age more…

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Book review: Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann From Goodreads: Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straightβ€”for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City…

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Race day prep: When to show up to start line

Today’s Tortoise and the Hare topic: Race day prep — when to show up at the starting line. When I ran my first marathon, I lived in South Charlotte. The race was in Uptown. So, I got a hotel room for the night before the race. Why? Because I did not want the extra stress…

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Favorite running route in Charlotte

  Today’s Tortoise and the Hare topic: Favorite route in Charlotte to run My favorite running route in Charlotte is the flat one. I’ll wait while you try to figure out where that is. No, seriously. Flat routes are so rare in Charlotte when you’re talking about logging actual distance. When I was training for…

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5 years without Mia

I call myself decent at remembering birthdays, but I’m terrible at remembering dates of tragedies. I suppose this is mostly a good thing. However, Facebook Memories was here to remind me at 3am when I woke to let the dog out that 5 years ago today, I was lying in bed beside my grandmother, Mia,…

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Run fashion: What to wear (on your feet)

Today’s Tortoise and the Hare topic: What to wear on your feet. To get fitted or not to get fitted? If you’re a runner, you probably know all about the process of getting fitted for running shoes. If you don’t, get yourself to a running store pronto and ask them about it. At a good…

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In aftermath of Stanford case, let’s look out for each other

I’m writing this quickly as I am on my way to a meeting. But I had to get my thoughts down … apologies if it seems hurried. — Driving to meet Quinn to run today, I had the radio tuned to NPR where the talk centered around the Stanford case, rape on campus, and our…

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Run fashion: shorts vs. pants

Today’s Tortoise and the Hare topic: What to wear? Shorts vs. pants. You would not believe how many times people ask me why I’m wearing pants to run in the middle of summer. I know it looks weird. I know you assume I’m hot. In contrast, if Quinn wears shorts in the middle of winter,…

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To stretch or not to stretch

Today’s Tortoise and Hare topic:Β To stretch or not to stretch. Back in the day, before I discovered my love of all things yoga, I used to think that stretching was for bendy people. As I was not a bendy person, that meant stretching was not for me. Of course, I knew all the experts pointed…

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