Life

There and Back Again: A Runner’s Tale

There and Back Again: A Runner’s Tale

So far in my life, I have competed in the 3000m Steeplechase at the USATF Outdoor Championships twice. The first time was in 2013. I was coming off a huge break-out junior year at Cornell where I set a 23 second PR of 9:50 and […]

Stay The Course

Stay The Course

One of my family’s all time favorite movies is The Patriot, a historical fiction war film set during the American Revolutionary War. During any given family gathering, it’s not uncommon to hear one or more quotes from the movie tossed out: “A dog is a […]

New Year’s Resolutions: 2017

New Year’s Resolutions: 2017

Cliché or not, a new year is beginning, and that means it’s time for resolutions. After looking back on 2016 and analyzing my training (the good, the bad, and the ugly!), I have come up with my four running-related New Year’s resolutions for 2017: Make […]

Fall 2016: The Leaves Changed, And So Did I

Fall 2016: The Leaves Changed, And So Did I

Well, I did it again. I dropped off the face of the Earth for an absurd amount of time. My bad. It’s not that I didn’t want to write or even that I didn’t remember to write. There were several times in the last few […]

Marshal Your Ambition

Marshal Your Ambition

“He wanted to impart some of the truths Bruce Denton had taught him, that you don’t become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and […]

Rabbit Running Apparel: Born to Run Free

Rabbit Running Apparel: Born to Run Free

In a race, the rabbit is the one who sets the pace. The rabbit is the one who leads the way, the one that all other runners rely on and key off of. On the surface, it seems that the rabbit’s job is simple: run the correct […]

Never Settle

Never Settle

“Good things come to those who wait.” The following are snippets from actual email correspondence I had with the recruiting coordinator at a professional running group the summer after my senior year. Recruiter: “Hello my name is _____ and I am the recruiting coordinator at _____. We have […]

Bent But Not Broken

Bent But Not Broken

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung I’ll be honest, the weekend after my disastrous race at the Stumptown Twilight meet, I was seriously regretting John and mine’s decision to go watch the Olympic […]

Mr. and Mrs. Track Nerd

Mr. and Mrs. Track Nerd

Beaches. Fine dining. Tours of ancient cities. Stays in exotic hotels. Luxury. Relaxation. These are things that most newlyweds encounter on their honeymoon. Sweaty runners. Bleacher seats. College dorm rooms. Throngs of people. Cafeteria food. The deafening roar of a crowd. These are the things […]

Checkered by Failure

Checkered by Failure

“Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end” – Patel, Hotel Manager, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 802 days ago I ran what would have been an Olympic qualifying time of 9:43 in the steeple. […]