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Getting Back Into Running Shape
Published on March 18, 2014 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the 4 mile race I competed in last weekend, despite not really being in very good shape for it.

Here's an excerpt:

"I started running last spring, and I swore up and down that I would never run in a race.

But then my sister Lesley convinced me to run in a turkey trot in York, Maine, in November. And my landlord got me to run in Albany’s Last Run, a nighttime 5K, in December. These races taught me several things: 1. Running a 5K is something I can do 2. Road races are kind of fun and 3. If I can run three miles, I can probably run four or five miles, too.

In any case, I was feeling pretty good after the Last Run, and found it fairly easy to commit to competing in the Runnin’ of the Green in March. When my landlord suggested I sign up, I didn’t hesitate.

'Sounds fun,' I said.

Committing to a March road race is the sort of thing that’s easy to do when you’re coming off two 5Ks, have been jogging fairly regularly, and it doesn’t seem all that cold. But my jogging fell by the wayside in January and February, due to cold and snow and general malaise, and on March 1 it suddenly dawned on me that the Runnin’ of the Green was just two weeks away. 'Ugh,' I thought."

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Wanna Ride a Bobsled?
Published on February 20, 2014 by Sara Foss

Yes, you can ride a bobsled!

I rode one about seven years ago, and it was great.

Learn more over at the DG.


Watching the Super Bowl
Published on February 3, 2014 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about watching the Super Bowl.

Here's an excerpt:

"Watching Super Bowl XLVIII brought back memories of the first Super Bowl I ever watched, or attempted to watch, Super Bowl XX.

That game, in 1986, pitted a mighty Chicago Bears team against a happy-to-be-here New England Patriots team. Nobody expected the Patriots to win, but in New England excitement over the team’s first Super Bowl appearance reached fever pitch. Just 11 years old at the time, I requested permission to stay up past my bedtime to watch the game.

'OK,' said my mother, who likes to manage expectations. 'But the Patriots will probably lose, and the game probably won’t be very exciting.'

Sure enough, Super Bowl XX was a dismal affair, at least for Patriots fans. I remember eventually walking away from the TV and marching myself off to bed.

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, my thoughts drifted to that ill-fated Patriots-Bears game. I wondered whether my good friend Dave and his 4-year-old son Milo, Broncos fans who don team jerseys for every game, were experiencing what I had experienced so many years ago. Were they sitting silently in front of the TV, rendered speechless by the carnage taking place? I wondered whether their disappointment was worse than my 11-year-old self’s. After all, my mother had warned me that the Patriots were unlikely to win, or even come close to winning, and the lopsided loss was just another thing she ended up being right about. But I suspect Denver fans felt pretty good about their chances Sunday. And why wouldn’t they? Their team boasted one of the best offenses of all time, one of the best quarterbacks of all time and a pretty good defense. Even if the Broncos lost, it would be a close, exciting game, something you could take pride in."

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NFL Picks, Week 16
Published on December 19, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 16 NFL picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 15
Published on December 12, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 15 NFL picks.

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Running a 5K
Published on December 9, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about running my first 5K.

Here's an excerpt:

"Over Thanksgiving weekend, I ran my first 5K, a turkey trot in York, Maine.

Running a turkey trot isn’t something I’ve ever really wanted to do. But when my sister Lesley invited me to join her on the run in York, I said, 'Sure, why not?' I figured it would be a good warm-up for the 5K I’m doing next week, the Last Run in Albany.

Lesley is an experienced runner who ran cross-country in high school and college. But I am not an experienced runner, which might explain why my sister Rebecca tried to convince me to dress up for the run.

'You have to wear a turkey costume,' she said.

'That’s not true,' I said.

The York turkey trot is a small, laid-back event. I don’t know how many runners the typical turkey trot attracts, but I estimated that there were maybe 200 runners at this one. After checking in, my sister and I headed toward the rear of the throng and waited for the race to start. I realized, as I stood there, that I had two fears: Hurting myself and being unable to complete the race, and finishing dead last.

'What happens if you come in last?' I asked.

'Nothing,' Lesley said."

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NFL Picks, Week 14
Published on December 5, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 14 NFL picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 13
Published on November 27, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make me week 13 NFL picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 12
Published on November 21, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 12 NFL picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 11
Published on November 14, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 11 NFL picks.

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What's Up With the Celtics?
Published on November 12, 2013 by Sara Foss

The Celtics are not as horrible as predicted.

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NFL Picks, Week 10
Published on November 7, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over the DG, I make my week 10 NFL picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 9
Published on October 31, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 9 NFL picks.

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Watching the World Series
Published on October 29, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about watching the World Series.

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NFL Picks, Week 7
Published on October 17, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 7 NFL picks.

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