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….

Running Shanghai: The First 8 Lessons

It’s hot & humid as hell here. That’s lesson #1.  Knew it’d be hot, but not like South Texas.  Therefore, I am being forced to transition from an early evening runner to a wicked early morning runner. That meant starting out at 0620 today. But on a school day, it will mean starting my run…

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 &…

Don

Friends! Was going to post a bunch of interesting photos today from one of my new favorite cities, Bangkok. I’ll post those in a day or two. For now, sit back and enjoy the Story of Don… Ever had so much pain you nearly passed out? I think we’ve all suffered our fair share. After…

Gotta Run!

A BIG thanks to Will Sanchez & crew for interviewing me today for Will’s “Gotta Run” TV and You Tube program (to be aired in late August or thereabouts). Here, I would like to share some photos from the television studio…

This is My Hand…

I have good blood circulation. Serves me well in distance running. Note how my wrist is out of proportion with my large hand. I broke this wrist once while lifting a soup pot in a soup kitchen in Melbourne, Florida. Broke this wrist once skateboarding on a quarter pipe ramp in Llyod Harbor, Long Island….

Motorcycle Drive-By:Part III

NOTE: This is the continuation of parts I and II, published earlier in this week. Thanks for reading! ~Kyle We would often wait until Gall was not working to do our longest and hardest runs. We’d often drive out to Manitou Springs and head up narrow, crushed gravel trails towards Pikes Peak. Every step we took…

Motorcycle Drive-By:Part II

Note: This excerpt picks up where yesterday’s left off. Thanks for reading…Kyle Butch went with us many days. This bulldog ran farther than any other dog I’ve ever known and made it look simple. He’d fly up the steep mountain trails ahead of us, even surpassing the speed of his handler in the process. Gall…

Motorcycle Drive-By:Part I            

Kyle’s Note: This is an excerpt of a draft from a chapter of my forthcoming memoir previously seen only by the hardy few who may have come across it on this site in February. I will publish subsequent excerpts from the chapter over the following few days. Please share any thoughts with me and enjoy…