The Red Bandana
Newspaper Column: Part-fitness, Part-joy, All running. The Red Bandana column, appeared Fridays.
I am runner. I have been since I was 13. My weekly column in the Chicago Tribune's western suburban edition examines my experience with falling in and out of commitment.
It is about the joy of running, with an honest look at the struggles. My own situation has been filled with on-again, off-again times working out regularly, and I know I am not the only one.
Why The Red Bandana? That's what I usually wear when I run, indoors or out. It started when I was in high school. My hair was longer, and I thought I looked cool. Now, that bandana soaks up the blood, sweat and tears of a guy who could stand to lose 15 pounds. Mostly just sweat, but no fashion statements are made.
I'm soft, with a gut. I suspect so are you. If running's your thing, and you find the temptations of the couch are a little stronger than they should be, check out my column.
Or, if you love running (and run farther than I ever will), and want to share the joy of exploring the Illinois Prairie Path, treadmills, and the people I meet along the way, click through on the left and join me.
Together, we can taste the fresh scent of spring, swat a few mosquitoes, and limp through a couple miles.
Rock Balboa tells his son how to live life.