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Red Bandana: Finding Fitness Through the Joy of Running

Red Bandana Running by Anthony Trendl

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  1. A Runner Dies, A Runner Wins, A Runner Runs (to End Homelessness)
  2. Get Trained by an Olympian
  3. A Runner's Dilemma
  4. Ice Cream Running
  5. Red Bandana: Charlie Sheen-free Running (With Excuses)
  6. What Kind of Runner Are You?
  7. The Colorful Range of Runners
  8. Marathon Training Begins (Slowly)
  9. Should You Tweet and Run?
  10. Dashing Through the Snow – Tips for Runners
  11. Fitness Pioneer Jack LaLanne Dies at Age 96 
  12. Get Fired Up for Fitness This Winter
  13. Don't Let Age Cause You To Scream
  14. Resolutely Speaking: Fighting for Fitness in 2011
  15. Things a Runner Can Do While Sick
  16. Tubby Santa Claus Should Workout
  17. Indulge Your Miles at the Brickhouse Bakery and Cafe
  18. The Joy of Winter
  19. A Run to Remember
  20. New Year's Day (A Month Early
  21. Thanksgiving and the Common Runner: How to Survive Gorging Yourself
  22. Learning BBQ With Steven Raichlen 
  23. Do Not Run and Play Air Guitar & "Run to Overcome" by Marathoner Meb Keflezighi Reviewed
  24. Lost and Found: Subway's Jared Fogle and Us
  25. An Argument for Walking 
  26. DeStressing Through a Long Saturday Run
  27. High School Students at Chicago Marathon and a 2011 Challenge
  28. Are You Running the Chicago Marathon? 
  29. Walk, Absorb, Click 
  30. Blue Girl Group Cheers On Hundreds of Runners 
  31. Walking By An Egyptian Obelisk
  32. Only 600,000 Steps To Fitness
  33. A Red-tailed Hawk and A BBQ Relapse  
  34. A Good Run is (Not) Hard to Find  
  35. Finding Fitness Through Running As Told By An Out Of Shape 40-something Guy 

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 Great Running Music

Takin' Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Radar Love Golden Earring
Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") Bill Conti
Another One Bites the Dust Queen
The Final Countdown Europe
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
Walking On Sunshine Katrina and the Waves
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Jackson
I'm So Excited The Pointer Sisters
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) [Extended Radio Version] Scatman John
Blue Collar Man Styx
Right Now Van Halen
I Like to Move It (Reel 2 Real Dub) Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman
Whoomp! (There It Is) [Radio Edit] Tag Team
Any Way You Want It Journey
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco: Greatest Hits
Wild Thing - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Troggs
Tell Me Something Good - The Very Best of Rufus (Featuring Chaka Khan)

The Red Bandana

Newspaper Column: Part-fitness, Part-joy, All running. The Red Bandana column, appeared Fridays.

I Understand.

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.