Showing posts from April, 2010

Damage Report

There is something about running--the freedom, the meditation, the closeness to nature. Running has been a huge factor in my life for the past three years. Functioning as a way to cleanse my soul and regain focus. My therapy session at the beginning or the end of the day. It's guided me to make amends, follow dreams, and listen. Probably been my truest companion during all of these hours, difficult or not.

I have ran something like 900 miles since 2008. Of course, this is little compared to what elite runners run, running half of this mileage in a mere month. My accomplishments suit me just fine, though. Attaining a perfectly harmonious running trifecta over mountains, along rivers, and by the sea. It's been my sorrows, my merriment, and my courage that has pushed me beyond any and all unrealistic ambitions of running endlessly day upon day for some cause that has ceased to stay with me.

But over a month ago I procured an injury. An injury, worse than any before, that…

Happy 40th Earth Day!

... and happy 3rd annual Earth Day that's been celebrated here on my blog.

I almost refuse to buy magazines when passing through airports. Almost, because there was this one time that I did pay the overpriced $6.99 for a Runner's World magazine on my way to Japan. This time, there were no worries about seeking other content, because Delta's Sky Magazine really pulled through. In honor of this year's 40th annual Earth Day, Delta Sky really invested a great deal of time and research into pulling April's edition together. This April's edition featured several interviews from some of the world's leading environmental activists: Jane Goodall, Robert Redford, Shai Agassi, Sylvia Earle. There was also an amazing article on one of the most environmentally diverse, and tightly controlled places in the world, The Galapagos Islands. Which if you click the link above, you can read about all of these remarkable people, places, and more--for yourself.

Below is an en…

I bought a ticket on a plane

This past weekend I hopped an airplane to venture to my new home of Miami, FL for some moments of r&r, apartment find, and to draw circles in the sand. I haven't been to Miami since 2001 and absolutely nothing is as I remembered it. People of Miami, you are an unfriendly bag of s.o.b.s.

Miami is filled with an overwhelmingly large population of New Yorkers, Haitians, Dominicans, Russians, and Jewish folk, and it shows (think "Meet the Fockers"). Citizens are as spicy as the Cuban Mojo, and as feisty as the Russian mafia. Mid-westerners are easily the minority in this metropolitan mix, and by far the friendliest.

Florida International University - Biscayne Bay
Aside from Miami's unpleasant mix of hospitality, I still had an enjoyable visit--fantastic wine bars, cuban burritos, and maple walnut ice cream on Hollywood Blvd; a glimpse of my new University along the waters of Biscayne Bay, and the discovery of a local Whole Foods Market I can hopefully transfer to…


TOMS Shoes is an American footwear company founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie. If you haven't already heard their premise, "With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need." It's a pretty remarkable concept. A concept that was inspired while visiting Argentina as a competitor on The Amazing Race. The shoes are designed after traditional Argentine alpargata styles worn by Argentine farmers for over 100 years.

I received my pair of Purple Tangier Vegan TOMS about a week ago.  Hoping to have a new picture for you in 'The Feet Project' photo album, I've had to send them back for an exchange in a smaller size.  If you are thinking about ordering a pair of TOMS and have medium width feet, then ordering in true size should do you just fine. If you happen to have narrow feet like mine, then I recommend ordering a half-size smaller.

Coming up next Thursday, April 8th is One Day Without Shoes, where you are encouraged to go a…