Between the Lines, January 2013

"I was raised Catholic, which might explain my masochistic streak," says contributor Christopher Solomon, who wrote "The Agony and the Heresy" about training for a marathon by following CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie's punishing routine. "That was the hardest thing I've ever done for a story," says Solomon, 42, who lives in Seattle. While he admits that he's in the best shape of his life, he acknowledges that the program isn't for everyone—unless, he says, "running wind sprints until you puke sounds like an ideal way to spend a Tuesday night."

Rinella-cabinRinella's chateau.

Contributor Steven Rinella loves his cabin on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness ("Dream Acres"). His wife, Katie, is less enthusiastic about the place:

"When we first met, he talked about that cabin like it was an Alaskan chateau. When I saw it, I was like, 'It's a shack in the woods.' But he loves it so much that I'll go. And I'm not a martyr. I will enjoy myself."

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