Strength Intervention Feb05

Strength Interventio...

Runners aren’t known to be a strong-armed people. I’ve long since accepted that I have the upper-body strength of those windsock men used to advertise car sales, and most of the time I’m OK with this noodle-armed fate.  But every once in awhile, the universe issues me an...

Crunch Time Mar20

Crunch Time

The St. Louis Marathon is getting closer, but up until recently, I couldn’t commit. As a freelance journalist in the market for something more stable/health-insurance-providing, I’ve been living with one barefoot-running shoe out the door for the past couple months, ready to pack up my...

Learning to Run Feb13

Learning to Run

A recent caucus of this blog’s readership reveals that approximately 30 percent of you love running, 40 percent of you hate running, 20 percent of you have never tried running and 10 percent of you are my mom. Does that add up to 100 percent? Because there might be another 10 percent that...

Last-Minute Heroes Sep30

Last-Minute Heroes

The Kansas City Marathon is in less than three weeks, and I’ve been experiencing the usual end-of-the-road burnout. For whatever reason, once my long runs reach 18-20 miles and my weekly totals lurch past 50, training starts to feel more like an occupation than a leisure pursuit. Lately,...

Footloose Part 1 Aug12

Footloose Part 1

NO, THIS ISN’T A PREQUEL to the beloved Kevin Bacon vehicle, though I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood options me to hammer out a screenplay. After all, who better to write it? Ever since the day security officers forcibly ejected a young bike messenger Cait...

How Not to Train Aug02

How Not to Train

Now that I’ve embedded myself within the heart of Runner’s World HQ (working undercover as a Bicycling intern), I have access to a deep store of knowledge about running. There are certain perks that come with the gig—an amazing organic cafeteria, access to something called the “energy...