Heat Exhaustion (I think)

It ain’t comfortable these days, with distended abdomen. Frequent bathroom trips. It’s pretty disgusting. I don’t care if I’m slathered in poop tomorrow, I’m running. Dammit. 3 forced days off the roads. But were those 67 kilometers in 67 hours worth it? Even in around 90-100 heat index, with high humidity? Without a doubt…

So Small

Up the stone path, at first it’s like a large hill. Like the ones we ran in Suzhou. Towering trees overhead. Gray headstones grow from terraced slopes. The three of us hike through this ancient graveyard. Green moss covers some headstones. A crudely made white ceremonial headdress hangs from a post over another grave. One…

It’s A Day in China

Looks like I’ve been run over by a truck, but I’m okay. It’s just my first traditional Chinese massage. After wearing my paper diaper for a second week in a row (but not thong-like or pink this time),I made the mistake of asking the masseuse to go deeper this time. Well, I’ve had tight hamstrings….

We Set a World Record Together Yesterday

The highest vertical building run ever: 552 vertical meters up Earth’s second tallest building–Shanghai Tower. Shanghai, China. 上海 中国🇨🇳 Always intrigued by Empire during 12 years in NYC, but never tried to get in. And very difficult to get into. But I am a Professional Adventurer now. And it is my duty to run such…

Can’t I Just Take the Elevator?

In a nutshell: No. For the 900 or so of us warped ones, we will be running up. Why? Face my fears. When race organizers say “no” to those who fear heights, I sign up; hopefully, I will not go into cardiac arrest when I look out from above. Life is not about how much…

Beijing Comes to Shanghai

I’d planned to write today about running on the Great Wall last weekend.  Yes, life is pretty rad when I can casually type out such statements.  But that story will come later. I feel more compelled to tell you all how my boy from Beijing contacted me yesterday. This is the race director, 6 years…

Chang Cheng: I am here

The Great Wall.  “Yahweh” first taught me about this place. That’s Professor Hall Peebles of Wabash College. Circa 1997, he opened my eyes to other faiths, cultures, traditions.  This had a profound impact on the course of my future.  Stories of ancient Chinese traditions flowed from his lips, as the trusty tissue in his hand…

Running Shanghai, Part II: How is it Different than USA?

Hot tea at the ready in Century Park for our pleasure upon finishing a long run in 80% humidity and about 85 degrees.  Haven’t seen that in Central Park, nor Van Cortlandt.  It was great, though. Actually, at the 10k point of my run, I mixed tea with lemon lime Gatorade. It was quite good….

The Icing 

The Icing.  More so than snow, it was the ice continuously pelting my face that made this morning’s run challenging.  I deliberately ran into the eye of the storm–straight to the ocean water’s edge on Orchard Beach. 50 mph winds there blasted ice pellets across my face.  “Please, Lord, lash me!” I cried out.  Lash…

In the Blood

Regardless of my travails, I’m home.  While down in a hole, the fragrance of freshly mowed grass reminds me I’m still alive.  John Deeres drive by as I swing on the front porch, leaning to touch the log home.  Rabbits run the field where horses eat as cows swim in their pond.  Geese eat alongside…

What the F–k is Wrong With Me?!

My boy Charlie was right— Not this Charlie… these are the best of times and worst of times. Yes, as many of you all know, I had an amazing expedition to and through Asia this summer. As many of you may not know, I even got to embrace and kiss beautiful women in Thailand &…