Lost in the East Jun22

Lost in the East

In light of all these natural disasters, the End of the World has been coming up a lot lately. Like most people, I often find myself contemplating post-apocalyptic scenarios and wondering what unique skills I’ll have to offer the loose band of bewildered survivors. After all, the...

Indian Creek Half

So, I’m not gonna lie—the St. Louis marathon was a huge disappointment. Watching a much-anticipated event come and go has never been easy for me; I always slip into a weird post-partum depression immediately after the big day. In this particular case, however, I came home from St. Louis...

Too Cool Runnings Apr16

Too Cool Runnings

Marathoners, you’re not the special snowflakes once thought. According to a breaking report from NPR, “a record number of Americans are running marathons,” and the “popularity is actually a bit of a pain for the sport.” What isn’t included in the report is whether this “bit of a...

Race day

This is my second Go! St. Louis marathon. If you’re curious what it’s like to be a first-timer, you can read about the agony and the ecstasy of the first year right here. So, the Go! St. Louis marathon came and went, leaving little but dehydration and paralyzing quad soreness in...

Power taper Apr06

Power taper

The St. Louis marathon is Sunday, and I’ve now entered that cruel portion of training known as “the taper.” The taper is the brief window of time—anywhere from one to three weeks—when running slowly grinds to a halt and gives way to a preparatory relaxation regimen. You sleep past 6...

Running the news Mar28

Running the news

Training has been pretty uneventful this week, so I’d like to launch a new segment called Cait’s Running the News wherein I break down all the latest in marathonning so YOU don’t have to. It’s not easy keeping a finger on America’s target pulse, but as a fledgling...

St. Patrick’s ...

The older I get, the less contemptuous I am of things society finds agreeable. Arena sports, mainstream punk music, romantic comedies about heterosexuals—all have outlasted my youthful angst and slogged a long, weary road to acceptance and eventual appreciation. This past weekend, yet...

True Life 5K

This past weekend was a big one for mid-Missouri—the weekend of the eighth annual True/False film festival. Haven’t heard of it? Clearly you don’t have enough fiddle players in your life. True/False is the one time of year when Columbia’s gentle shores are stormed by an alarming mass...

Reasons not to stretch Feb27

Reasons not to stret...

Like any religion, running is not without its sacred cows. Stretching, arch support, a fanatical reverence for electrolytes—questioning these time-honored tropes is akin to suggesting Vitamin D is overrated, or wicking fabrics don’t actually do anything. You simply accept the conventional...

High times Feb19

High times

Breaking news in the world of exercise science! Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that endocannabinoids are to thank for the happy, floaty sensation that hits runners somewhere between Mile 6 and Mile 16. The big technical verbiage can be read here, but I’ll give...