Making Do

I come from a long line of thrifty innovators. The kind that take great pride in sayings like: Use it up,wear it out,make it door do without! So it surprised no one when the need arose for me to put my thrifty innovation to good use. I had recently been coerced by a friend to…

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Another of my posts recently made it onto another Christian devotional website.  You can start reading and link to this post below! The best running advice I ever received was given to me before I became a runner. For years, I secretly dreamed of being a runner. I wanted to be one of those people…

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Inspire a Fire

Exciting news! I was recently invited to become a monthly contributor to a popular Christian devotion website, Inspire a Fire. My first post was launched yesterday. Check it out at (And consider leaving a comment there to let the organizers know they did a good thing inviting me!) I am so thankful for this…

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There Are No Losers Here

I have a tragic flaw. Okay, so I have more than one, but this is the one I’m going to tell you about today. I love sports, but sports do not love me. (Sigh.) I’ve tried softball, but I tend to duck and cover when the ball comes my way. I’ve tried flag football, but…

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Here’s something runners know that I have recently come to know too:  Consistency matters. When it comes to running, consistency has never been my forte.  Before my trainer-friend got ahold of me, I’d run when I felt like it.  My progress was spotty because my running was spotty.  It took me more than a year…

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How I Love Thee, Indoor Treadmill

Top Ten Reasons why running on a treadmill is better than my trainer-friend says: 10) It’s warm.  Actually it’s a little too warm, which can be problematic, but… 9)   I can roll out of bed and onto the treadmill without having to put on 18 layers of moisture-wicking thermal insulation.  This saves both time…

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The Day I Discovered the Treadmill

The day I discovered the treadmill was cold and snowy and – did I mention cold? The story begins something like this: On any given day, I would much rather lament my running incapacity than to do something productive to remedy it.  Every once in a while I do something advisable (recall Exhibit A).  But…

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Janet Beagle, PhD is the founder of The Mustard Patch. She divides her time between the Midwest and New England, and if she’s not writing, she’s probably out hiking with her 2-and 4-footed friends.