The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming 4

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming
I had gotten more than halfway through the race when my legs began to realize that I was not going to stop. I had been tricking them for several miles, telling them I was going to give them a break at an aid station. And they believed me. But when I passed the turn-around aid ...

Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr.

Again to Carthage: A Novel by John L. Parker It has been almost exactly six years since I picked up John L. Parker Jr.‘s ode to competitive running, Once a Runner, though when I lifted this sequel off my book shelf at the beginning of the year that realization hadn’t come to me. Once a ...

Exhaustion 1

I’m growing older. It’s something that happens to all of us, and not something I’ve ever worried about or dwelled on. Growing older is the unstoppable process of time, and to worry about my hair falling out or my eyes going bad or my body just not recovering from a day like I had last ...

Chasing a Rabbit: The 2016 Pemberton Half Marathon 2

Chasing a Rabbit: The 2016 Pemberton Half Marathon
I looked up to see the leader, the guy I’d been chasing for the last six miles. He was moving away from me. I didn’t know if I was faltering or he was moving faster. I knew, in any case, that I had a choice to make. I could push harder and try to keep ...

The Second Ocean Pines Super Sprint Tri: The Daddys 4

The Second Ocean Pines Super Sprint Tri: The Daddys
Saturday, September 17—Ocean Pines, MD. Despite the outdoor pool’s cool temperature I was swimming strong. Nearing the end of my swim I watched for someone to dip something in the pool to let me know I was on my last lap. When I turned at eight and saw nothing in the water I figured I ...

Running in China, part 3: Guangzhou 1

Running in China, part 3: Guangzhou
Our final city in China had a lot more going for it running-wise. Guangzhou was by far the cleanest city that we had visited thanks in part to being fairly close to water. High ocean winds seem to blow the pollution further inland. The air was clear, the sky actually blue, and even with the ...

Running in China, part 2: Taiyuan 1

Running in China, part 2: Taiyuan
Here’s something I found out about pollution in China: it’s worse outside of the major cities. Taiyuan is the capital of Shanxi province, and with a population of 4.2 million souls it is far from a small town. But surrounded by coal mines and coal burning power plants, Taiyuan has pollution even worse than Beijing ...

Running in China, part 1 1

Whenever I visit a new city I like to explore it on foot. I get out of bed while my family is still asleep, tie on my running shoes and slip out the door quietly. Runs in a new city are hardly every training runs. I don’t plan on a certain distance or focus on ...

Ocean Pines Sprint Triathlon

Ocean Pines Sprint Triathlon
“He’s coming.” I rushed inside the Ocean Pines Sports Core pool and sat on the edge of the deck, my legs dangling in the water. Adrenaline was making my heart race. I was excited to get started on my first triathlon. I went to put on my goggles and couldn’t get them over my glasses. ...

The Inaugural Dunkin’ Donuts Marathon 3

The Inaugural Dunkin' Donuts Marathon
I have done a lot of crazy things in my life. I have jumped out of an airplane. I drank a bottle of fresh grape juice sold by a vendor in a park in Bengaluru, India. I ate durian fruit. I’ve even run 100 miles—four times. But yesterday’s crazy thing—pardon the pun—takes the cake. The ...