How a Harry Potter-themed "virtual race" got me off my ass IRL

My mind was blown. How in the hell could a running club or a race be virtual? I looked into it a little more (let's be real…I Googled the term "virtual race") and was astounded at how many I found, and absolutely gobsmacked at how many of them had amazingly geeky themes.

This was the perfect combination of external motivation (shiny medals) and appealing to my sense of altruism (some races donated money to cancer research) to get me up off my ass and moving.

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What I'm learning from dancing poorly

Inspired by a local dancer's athletic performance in a show I saw years ago, I asked her if she would teach me some stuff. She said she would, and then I cried a lot because it's really hard looking stupid and learning new things. METAPHOR ALERT!

It's not "ruining a diet," it's called "living life"

To tell people who are so committed to a part of their lives that it could be in jeopardy from a single hot dog (or an entire plate full of them) is ridiculous. And it's part of what is wrong with the "diet culture" in our society. It's not a fucking diet. It's just life…

Is there yoga for people who can't do yoga?

On my rheumatologist's recommendation, I don't do yoga, because if I stretch too far I'll damage my joints. However, I would really like to find something else that combines meditativeness with motion. Is there a "yoga for people who can't do yoga"?