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Experiencing Bikram

Experiencing Bikram

I consider myself a fitness junkie who will try any workout at least once. However, it took a severe and persistent case of bilateral shin splints, and my orthopedist’s month-long suspension of all of my… View Post

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Shifting Seasons

Shifting Seasons

As I sit here in the rural mountainside of North Carolina, I realize just how quickly this summer flew by. Twelve perfect weeks with my best friend came and went, and now he’s back in… View Post

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Working Within Unwelcomed Limitations

Working Within Unwelcomed Limitations

Soon after completing my most recent—and best—half marathon in April, I was forced to take a hiatus from my favorite endorphin-inspiring activity. Overtraining led to shooting pains along the posterior sides of my shins anytime… View Post

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Exploring Crêpe Culture In New York City

Exploring Crêpe Culture In New York City

A sweet and comforting aroma fills the springtime air every evening at the corner of Second Avenue and 82nd Street. Neighborhood residents curiously stroll past the hand-painted plant holder, four black iron chairs, and the… View Post

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Racing For Fun In New York City

Racing For Fun In New York City

On a crisp October morning, Brian Gallagher stood along the periphery of Citi Field, taking in the unusual view as he caught his breath. Teams of athletes filed into the stadium, but none of them… View Post

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Connecting In The Kitchen

Connecting In The Kitchen

My curiosity about the world and all that it encompasses began to bloom when I was a toddler. Who, what, when, where and why started the majority of my sentences long before I mastered the… View Post

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From The Stairmaster To The Real Deal

From The Stairmaster To The Real Deal

In recent years, competitive athletes searching for new ways to push their bodies to physical extremes have abandoned their park running trails and taken to the steps of some of the world’s tallest buildings. Stair-climbing… View Post

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A Healthy Take On Super Bowl Sunday Snacking

A Healthy Take On Super Bowl Sunday Snacking

Passionate team rivalries, jaw-dropping halftime musical performances, and mouthwatering appetizers instantly come to mind in any football partygoer’s anticipation of the National Football League’s Super Bowl Sunday. Yet, only one item on that list maintains… View Post

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It’s “GO” Time

It’s “GO” Time

So my intention to post on New Year’s Day adjusted to a post within the first week of 2013… which morphed into a mid-month “new year resolutions” check in… and ultimately materialized into my only… View Post

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The Business Of Begging

The Business Of Begging

On a chilly Tuesday morning in November, Ryan startled awake as his apartment door slammed shut. Rubbing the sleep from his steely gray eyes, he lifted his head from the flattened pillow. Quality rest seemed… View Post

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Man, It’s Good To Be Home

Man, It’s Good To Be Home

I’ve lived in New York City for more than four months now, despite the fact that it feels like it has only been four weeks. Clock hands seem to turn faster in the city, blending… View Post

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