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 […]

Mindful Running

Sometimes, as I’m thundering along, trying not to hear the sound of my feet slapping the gravel or my lungs sucking desperately for air, I happen to move outside my mind for the briefest moment and those are the moments when I’m dazzled. Today, the rising sun slanted like the bars of a song I […]

Turn Left

I’ve been trekking over a small ridge along the spine of campus to get to the running trail that heads into the town. But today, I took a left turn onto the rest of the mountain trail. The wooded path freckled in the morning sun, and a warming breeze floated through the tunnel of trees. […]

Have Tos and Get Tos

I start my runs most days at the trail head for a cross country spur that winds along the spine of a mile-long campus. One of the most unexpected joys of campus life is the delightful cacophony of activity. It reminds me of what I have to do and what I get to do. When […]

Jen in Rome: A Month-Long Tour

My friend Diana’s post flickered past my awareness. I’ve been “too busy” to read blogs from my talented friends lately. But something about the photo, or the phrasing, something tickled the periphery and I stopped, for once, the incessant scrolling. She’s challenging herself to 31 days of posts this month. I’ve been pretending I’m too […]

A Mile is a Mile

My sister called me this morning, and when she asked me how I was I ran into my room and started to cry. I hid in the bathroom a little while after we spoke, because moving Okies to Georgia is fraught in all the usual ways and I didn’t want to share my angst with […]

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 […]

And a Time to Rest

I’ve been in marathon training mode twice yearly for the last three years. I’ve run more miles around my neighborhood than I have driven, seen more Lycra than should be legal, had more chub rub than my fair share, and gained, I like to think, some wisdom and perspective. I don’t run marathons to win. Or […]

Daily Practice

Inspired by my friend Andi who writes and posts every day, despite being the owner of a farm with goats and other farm-type things of whose existence I remain blissfully unaware, and having the distinct honor of driving my daughters to school an hour before I clock in for work, I find myself most mornings […]

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 […]