Author Archive | Laura Blodgett

Accidentally Advanced

Last weekend’s cross country skiing was invigorating. It began with our second lesson. Once the instructors had divided us up into groups again, the advanced group took off down the trail. My intermediate-group instructor told us to go ahead and get into the tracks and start moving, so I did. I moved along a bit, […]

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The Barefoot Mile

I have felt like I was banging my head against a wall trying to increase my running distance more than a mile or decrease my time for a mile.  The running portion of the mini-triathlon next October is a measly 1 and 1/2 mile, but it seemed this final leg of the race was going […]

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Scary Pink

Some people are concerned about what they look like when they exert themselves.  It can be embarrassing.  For instance, my face turns a deep, dark pink no matter how regularly I’ve been working out.  I also have a responsive cooling system, so I get rather shiny.  As I get absorbed in my activity, strange noises […]

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I Almost Walked the Dog Today

I have been relieved to learn that I should only isotonically work each of the muscle groups twice a week.  That means weight lifting.  It also points to the wisdom of having a varied exercise routine for aerobic goals.  That way the muscles have time to respond in a healthy way to the stress that […]

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The Benefits of Piercing Your Navel

Last June, at the age of 48, I had my navel pierced.   Its not that I go around displaying my middle section in public that often.  That is usually limited to warm beach vacations.  But I still think it is fun to have added this to my personal fashion statement and I recommend it, especially […]

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The Track versus The Treadmill

I have enjoyed running since I could walk.  I seemed to be naturally fast among my peers and won a variety of sprinting races during my school years, but I never had much particular training, other than strength training obtained from back-packing with my family or carrying 5 gallon buckets of cucumbers while working on […]

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No Ice Cream For 7 Days and Counting

My friends and family understand the significance and hardship of this.  I inherited a love of ice cream from my mother’s father.  Grandpa ate it everyday.  He always had multiple flavors in his freezer, even though he was very strict about his budget in other ways due to living through the Great Depression.  However, ice […]

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Exercising the Children

Greg likes to exercise the children.  This is how he did it today.  First, he took Ben and Jesse riding up Yangmingshan Mountain for about an hour – it took less time to get down. I’m told this picture was taken about half way up. This is higher: Here’s Greg with Ben – Here is […]

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