Theory and Practice and Running

Alfred North Whitehead was a metaphysician (whatever that is) who taught mathematics at Cambridge in the late 1800s. He contributed a theory of social and educational philosophy about which I recently learned. Theories are cool for theorists and academics, but most of us don’t bump up against them in our daily lives, nor do we pursue […]

Running Makes Everything Better

In 2010, I laced up some old running shoes to see if I could manage to run 3 miles with The Dog. My first book recounts the story of how I started doing this to prevent The Dog from depositing his detritus under my sewing table, where I had spent considerable time. Before long, I […]

Spanning Interruptions

  Just before a contraction began, our doula Kathy arrived. She sat with me through the crest and then asked me what time I noticed the beginning of labor pains. “Around 10 pm I felt something but I went to bed,” I began. “I didn’t want to get excited over nothing. But then around 2…” Another […]

First Comes Love

They were the blooming days of youth, full of vigor and promise, ripe with delicious zeal. I couldn’t wait to do it again, to get out there and be with my new love. You know those nights where sleep is elusive, so filled is your mind with your beloved, and those mornings when waking in the […]

Know Thyself

A wild mass of excited parents filled the generic school auditrium. Our talented and genius progeny awaited in the lobby, some in ties and some in shorts, some in dresses and some in jeans. Their younger siblings ran circles around the plastic chairs while Pomp and Circumstance played on a loudspeaker.  I’m not generally a […]

Just Because

  And sometimes the rain begins to fall and it feels like if you don’t jump through a puddle you might jump off a cliff. When there’s no discernible plan and the restlessness has become tinged with sadness, and nothing feels right and you don’t want to pray or sing or dance, you still lace up […]

Get Your Goal

I sat in my car, parked in what appeared to be an endless blacktop parking lot. Multiple brick buildings of the Garmin HQ campus yawned up into the grey dusk. I sipped a cup of terrible hotel coffee swill and watched as all around me, runners of every stripe emerged from their own cars, stretching […]

You Decide

Remember those old books where the reader could choose what the characters would do? If the reader wanted a happy ending, she could flip to page 62. If she wanted a wild detour, she was directed to page 54. There was tremendous power in these stories, because not only were we transported to fictional adventure, […]

The Middle

Anticipation and accomplishment both are nearly palpable to experience, but the meat and the gristle, the toughness and the bone? Those are in the middle. The middle, while also palpable, is far less exciting, usually, and much more rigorous to endure. On our 17 (to 20) mile run this weekend, we both talked about and found […]

Reflectivity

On this wacky Advanced Marathon training journey, I’ve come to love my flashing lights, my headlamp and my gear all decked out with reflective stripes. I never thought I’d be much of a dark time runner, nor did I ever imagine a need for any of those flashy gadgets. It only took me a week of […]