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...

Run for Chocolate 5K

Let’s be perfectly clear: Lydia and I did not sign up for the Run for the Chocolate 5K because we’re such major fans of Valentine’s Day or cheesy romantic comedies or chocolate hearts or codependent sporting events. Sure, you might have seen us zipping around Columbia, Mo., in matching...

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...

How to Ruin Xmas Dec24

How to Ruin Xmas

Googling my way around the Internet for health news, I stumbled upon one of the most ill-conceived stories to come from a moderately reputable news source. No, don’t go looking for it yourself—there’s no space for comments, and I’d rather they didn’t accrue more page hits from my...

Gift Guide 2011 Dec22

Gift Guide 2011

Unless you live in a nation where the War on Christmas has already been fought and won, you’ve probably noticed it’s that time again. The lights are up. Silk Nog is on grocery shelves. Giant, inflatable yard Santas are yukking it up inside giant, inflatable snow globes. And all my...

Kansas City PR

After two marathons in St. Louis, I finally got around to my hometown race—the Waddel & Reed Kansas City Marathon. And much to my chagrin, I finished all 26.2 miles without doing anything newsworthy like winning or giving birth to a child after crossing the finish line. Because this year...

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...

How to Enjoy the Tour Jun29

How to Enjoy the Tou...

Allow me to take a moment away from all this sporadic blogging about running to report on another exciting genre of fitness—bicycling. Perhaps you’ve heard of it; perhaps you’ve even tried it. Well, consider this entry a bone thrown to all the duathletes and cross-trainers out there...