A few days after my first heart attack my brother came to visit me and went with me on my of my doctor-prescribed walks. We talked about running and genetics and why this happened and what it all means, and he said something super eerie, but nonetheless true: “Well, all I can do is be […]

I think this is my favorite week of the challenge — encouraging exercise and activity for everyone in the family. American kids ages 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media including TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies. That puts them at all sorts of risk — high blood […]

If you start running for health or because it is on your bucket list (or to lose baby weight like I did, seven years ago), the first question, real or in your head, is always “are you going to run a 5K?” Once you’ve done that, the question becomes “how about a half?” and when you’ve […]

Put on shoes, step on porch is my brother‘s mantra for getting himself going on a training run. That’s all you have to do, he says — put on your shoes, go outside, take a couple steps. No matter how long the run is, it always starts that way. When I had my second heart […]

I’m not one to turn down an opportunity to talk about heart disease for the cameras, so just across the finish line after the TC 10 Mile race on October 6, I was happy to do a live 30-second TV news bit and tell whoever was watching that I, and my teammates, were running for […]

Meet another member of the American Heart Association’s Minnesota Run with Heart team: Mike Thorson! Age 33 Hometown/Current City Fergus Falls, Minnesota Number of Marathons Three — Twin Cities Marathon (2), Fargo Marathon Favorite Race Completed Running Wild Trail Run Favorite Location To Train Anywhere new. Favorite Running Pump-Up Song “Nice Guys Finish Last” – Green Day […]

If running 400+ training miles over the summer and then spending 3-5 hours on an October Sunday running from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul along the most circuitous route possible doesn’t sound like your thing, does cheering on those who do? Great! You can be an official part of the Run with Heart Cheer […]

Meet another member of the American Heart Association’s Minnesota Run with Heart team: Scott Tonneson! Age 39 Hometown/Current City Fergus Falls, MN / St. Paul, MN Number of Marathons One… 2012 Twin Cities Marathon was my first. Favorite Race Completed 2012 Twin Cities Marathon Favorite Location To Train Last summer running throughout the town of Lyon, France. […]

Meet another member of the American Heart Association’s Minnesota Run with Heart team: Scott Pugh! Age 36 Hometown/Current City Crystal, MN / Rogers, MN Number of Marathons ZERO… 2013 TC Marathon will be my first. Favorite Race Completed 2012 Twin Cities 10 Mile. Favorite Location To Train Back-country roads near where we live in Rogers. Favorite Running […]

Meet another member of the American Heart Association’s Minnesota Run with Heart team: Timmy Marrinan! Age 26 Hometown/Current City Edina, MN / Tempe, AZ Number of Marathons Zero! This will be my first full. Favorite Race Completed Rock n Roll: Las Vegas 2011 – It was my first half-marathon and as a big Vegas guy, running under […]