Fall 2011

Scientist, professor and globetrotter

Scientist, professor  and globetrotter
Tim Lowenstein, professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, has run in some exotic locales. But his favorite place to run is on campus with Lucy, his dog.

Where do you run after you’ve run around the world?

Tim Lowenstein, professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, is looking for suggestions.

“In 2009, I reached the circumference of the world, about 25,000 miles. Now I’m pushing 30,000, and I need a new goal,” he says, “and the moon is too far.” (For the record, it’s about 226,000 miles away.)

Lowenstein’s run around the world took about 25 years and was done a few miles at a time, duly logged on a paper calendar. He runs about 5 miles a day, accompanied by the smart and sturdy Lucy. The dog, whose whiskery tufts hint at terrier, also has covered a lot of ground: about 10,000 miles.

People who arrive on campus early in the morning have likely seen the pair. It’s Lowenstein’s favorite place to run.

“Running has become a habit, almost an addiction,” he says. “It’s a mental relief and release from the stress of everything going on, and physically, it feels great.”

Lowenstein doesn’t like running alone. So his family adopted Lucy from a dog shelter 8 years ago, specifically to be his running partner. She’s the right size and temperament.

“The only thing she doesn’t like are the really hot days in summer. In the wintertime, it can be minus 10 and a foot of snow — she loves to run in cold weather.”

Lowenstein was already a runner when he started keeping track of his miles in 1984. He also started keeping his sneakers, a collection that’s grown to about 60 pairs of Adidas — and only Adidas.

“It’s nothing scientific,” he says of his brand loyalty. “I didn’t throw them out because I always wanted to take my photograph on my driveway with all my sneakers,” he says. “But now that I’ve run around the world, I don’t have the heart to throw them out.”

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