To sleep (much) better, run in the morning sun

Ben Franklin almost got it right. “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” nailed sleep’s importance. But Ben’s folk wisdom apparently got good sleep’s cause and effect backward. New research shows that sleep quality depends on what you do the preceding morning. Morning sun The …

Zen and the art of mindful commuting

I’m walking to the 7.44am express bus to Durham. I’m walking west, the sun throwing silver gilt rays over my shoulder onto the sidewalk ahead. Each footfall fires a synapse connecting techtonic granite to ligamented bone to atrial filament and back. I smell biscuits, step across railroad tracks. A bird …

What a difference a (good) night makes

After a string of unproductive, disjointed days, I had an incredibly fun and productive morning. I filled a notebook page with to-dos and ideas — something that can sometimes take me a week. I reread key chapters in a favorite business book. And running in 55 degrees and a steady …

Hogwarts Running Club launches world’s biggest virtual race

900 runners and their supporters assembled at noon today in a Harry Potter Facebook group called “The HRC Great Hall” for the start of the world’s biggest virtual race — The HRC Quidditch Cup. The two-week 3,342.3 mile virtual challenge brings together 12 teams of 75 people, all members of the …

Use hashtags to track your runs, swims, rides (and whatever else!)

I’ve been enjoying watching the hashtags that runners are using in our March virtual race across Ireland, things like #sidewalk and #carolinanorth. Now, our newest code update means each of us will be able use hashtags to track our own habits. For example, the hashtags I use in any virtual challenge …