Archive for the ‘Running’ category

The RDU Solution: Let’s think big

Several years ago, when Keith Nealson was a ranger at Umstead State Park, I nearly had him talked into a canoe trip down Crabtree Creek through the park. Alas, he transferred (he’s now the superintendent of Eno River State Park) and the trip never advanced beyond talk. But the idea has lingered. It’s come to the fore of late with talk of creating a Trails Center on about 600 acres…

Monday, Monday: An hour a day 

We like to ward off the beginning of the work-week blues with a thought about life on the outside. When I was in my late 20s, I worked as a technical writer for a military contractor. I liked the work; trouble was, because it was a military contract, there were long stretches where there was no work to be done while we awaited approvals. Oddly, it was one of the…

Your weekend: More great fall days to hike, run or fly a kite

Our spate of great fall weekend weather continues. Amid a full lineup of ways to enjoy it, here’s what we are especially drawn to. Coast Make of this what you will: I go for a 5-mile run, my step-counter-dealiebob gives me credit for maybe 8,000 steps. I spend the day working in the yard, I hit my daily goal of 15,000 steps by noon. Which is to say, good aerobic…

Your weekend: Night hike, fun run, bike with the stars

Another gorgeous fall weekend is on tap, one good for a night hike, a fun run or a mountain road ride with the best in the cycling business. Coast As daylight continues to dwindle, so, we assume, do our opportunities for outdoor adventure, especially during the work week. But did you know that not all of the natural world goes to sleep when the sun goes down? In fact, for some, sunset…

Your weekend: Make fall a labor of fun

Labor Day has come and gone, the summer with it. Now, we get down to the serious business of fall fun in North Carolina! Coast | Coastal Plain There’s something romantic about an open-water swim in the ocean: riding the swells, being buoyed by the salt water, sharing space with all manner of aquatic life. Yup, it’s romantic, all right. Until you’ve done it and realize what an incredible challenge…

This weekend: Let’s race!

There’s a run for everyone this weekend in North Carolina: for the novice, the mountain distance runner, the hash harrier — even the runner who doesn’t like to run. Coast | Coastal Plain Since the advent of hashing in the ’90s (yes, the concept originated with bored British offers and expats in Kuala Lumpur in the late 1930s),  we’ve been intrigued by how it works to mix running with beer….

This weekend: No excuses!

Excuses to get moving can be easy to dream up. But this weekend? No excuses. Coast / Coastal Plain If you’ve vowed to do at least one race this summer and have procrastinated, you have no excuse not to do Sunday’s Summer Sizzler at Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake. A 10K? you whine. That’s too far in this summer heat. There’s also a 5K. My hip flexor has been acting up. I…

Your weekend: Horse around, run through the night, canoe a mountain river

We’ve got another hot summer weekend on tap. Some options: spend it on a barrier island checking out the horse scene; take a run through the cool(er) night; paddle a mountain river. Coast / coastal plain One of the reasons you love to head into the wild is the opportunity to see wildlife. For a lot of us, the bigger the wildlife the better. Swimmers at the coast love the…

Your weekend: A three-day salute to adventure

So much adventure to be had this Fourth of July weekend! Good thing you have three days to fit it in! Coast and coastal plain One of the best adventure deals going: Merchant Millpond State Park’s periodic Canoe The Pond program. Join a ranger on a canoe trip on this 760-acre millpond that dates to the early 1700s. Paddle amid the bald cypress and tupelo gum that have since infiltrated…

Your weekend: Make a date for Adventure with Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday. A thought or three on how to appropriately celebrate this weekend. Coast Perhaps you’re conflicted about what to do with Dad this weekend. On the one hand, he likes a good challenge. On the other, he likes to kick back and relax. What to do, what to do? What to do, is sate both sides of Dad by entering him in Saturday’s Good Hops 5K Beer…