Mean Mug Coffee

During my first day in Chattanooga, I did some shopping in the North Shore area where I found Mean Mug Coffeehouse. My schedule didn’t allow time to fully experience the coffee shop. But I did stop by the Mean Mug which is in a retail area bordered by the Tennessee River and established neighborhoods. Coffee

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The Mad Priest Coffee

During a recent visit to Chattanooga for a triathlon, I stayed at the Market City Center property managed by Stay Alfred. The balcony of our rental overlooked the alley entrance and outdoor seating area for The Mad Priest Coffee and Cocktail Bar.  The Cherry Street location offers an interesting blend of caffeine and alcohol. The

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Velo Coffee Roasters

Velo is French for bike and Latin for speed. So, I rode my bicycle as fast as I could to the coffee shop located at 509 East Main in the southside historic district of Chattanooga. Velo has a very laid-back vibe for a business with so much going on. Open and airy, the interior allows

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Ironman Chattanooga

“We should do Chattanooga as a relay.” The statement sounded totally reasonable as the three of us discussed timing and logistics for the September Ironman race. Calendars were checked and within a couple weeks we were committed and signed up to participate. I had been swimming with Barb and Blake a couple days a week

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Where is your treasure?

I was running one of my favorite early-morning routes and came across a Christmas decoration that caused me to think. So much for a few mindless miles to start the day. Close to the sidewalk, away from the other decorations was a manger. But in place of the baby, there was a cash box nestled

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Handcrafted in Hillsboro

Driving from Springfield to Vandalia, I was contemplating which Casey’s to stop at for coffee as I passed through Hillsboro, IL. The town of about 6,000 people supports two of the regional convenience stores and I’m quite familiar with both. The town has been both a destination and a travel stop through the years of

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Fitness and Guts

I’ve read about distance runners using mantras to stay focused during long events. I had never used one, or delved too deeply into uncovering the details. I feel like I may have tapped into this resource during the City of Roses Half Marathon in Cape Girardeau, MO. The course features a significant climb around the

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Wm Van’s Coffee

A recent trip gave me the opportunity to stop at Wm. Van’s Coffee House in downtown Springfield, Illinois. This was my second visit which gave me a better appreciation for the family-owned café. The shop is located near the state capitol and adjacent to Abraham Lincoln’s home. The interior features a variety of seating options

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2019 Trail of Tears Triathlon

Supporting local races helps build relationships within the community, promotes growth of the sport and encourages sponsors. Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation put on an excellent late-season triathlon at the Trail of Tears park. A 700-meter swim in Lake Boutin is followed by a challenging fifteen-mile bike ride before finishing with a four-mile run from

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