Back in Action! Sep23

Back in Action!

It’s been a while since I posted. But unlike my last major blogging hiatus, this time I didn’t break any bones, nor did I spend the entire summer crutching around Portland and playing up my “wounded bird” status to gain sympathy, romance and customized crutch coozies. This time my...

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...

Rise of the machine Dec07

Rise of the machine

When I first subscribed to Runner’s World three months ago, it was with the hypocritical skepticism of someone who blogged about running yet doubted running-related news could fuel a monthly magazine year after year. How wrong I was. Runner’s World consistently out-scoops the competition...

Power jam quandaries Oct26

Power jam quandaries

Let’s revisit one of my favorite topics: the power jam. A good power jam can turn your nightmarish slog of a run into a triumph of the human spirit. One minute you’re trudging through a haze of exhaustion, drizzle and Robitussin side effects. Then Peaches’ “Boys Wanna Be Her” comes...

High Highs Jan15

High Highs

Most of the time, running gives me deep insight, unexpected spiritual wisdom and the chance to mull over life’s great mysteries. Today my mind was a complete blank. In lieu of describing the minutiae of where I went today and what I didn’t think about, allow me to introduce what I expect will become an ongoing feature of this blog: A RUNNER’S GUIDE TO HIGH-FIVING STRANGERS. High-fiving makes me feel good, much like running. HIGH-FIVING STRANGERS WHILE RUNNING makes me feel even better, releasing that heady rush of endorphins that most of us only experience after beating the final boss in a Miyamoto NES game. After I got over my fear of...