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A New Year's Meditation: the Lure of Final Things

The time to make resolutions, renew commitments, and set goals comes at the worst possible time for runners--for when we step on to the trail we find a layered cake of ice and snow. It's not easy to get out in these conditions here at the turn into 2014.

What we see out the door right now is not what many would describe as the romance of winter running: lightly falling flakes, no wind, and a four inch powder cushion.

Zen, Motorcycles, and Running: Gumption Traps

Thirty years ago, I used to run across people who, like me, had read and enjoyed Robert Pirsig's wonderful, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This book remains one of the most intriguing ornaments in modern American literature, but, like I said, I haven't heard anyone talk about it for a long time.

Why West Michigan Trail Runners?

I've been running with this group of West Michigan Trail Runners since Fall of 2011. Many have been running trails together much longer than that. But in the last two years, much of what I've learned about trail running, and running in general, is how much more productive it is with others. I really didn't think running with a group was for me. Now I can't imagine trying to do all this work all by myself. No wonder I was a stop and start runner for many years.