Running Home

  I've done my share of complaining about my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, since I moved away at 18, but there has always been one thing that redeemed it. Today, I'm adding another. Designed in 1918, the city's¬†Parkway–a 26-mile stretch of greenspace...

On Doing and Somethingness

In my opinion, it's better to do something than nothing. But that doesn't mean you can't take naps, or watch TV, or just goof off. I think it means you can do those things as long as you are conscious of doing those things and view them as either rewards for something...

Does This Run Stop at Eichelberger Street?

In life and running, you must have a plan: a clear-cut guide to exactly how you will get where you are going, exactly how long it will take, and exactly how you will know when you have arrived. You must hold this plan firmly in your mind at all times before you start...

Mind Games

"What is the ugliest part of your body?" Frank Zappa once asked. "I think it's your MIND," he answered, after considering your nose and your toes as possibilities. That is certainly true when it comes to exercise. All of the other reasons/excuses/rationalizations for...

Pace Maker

For the first year that I ran, I rarely thought about pace. Survival was my first concern, then speed–breaking the 10-minute-mile barrier. But I didn't know how to think about controlling the movement of my feet to attain that goal. Then, last week, a running...

On the Run

I never thought I would be a runner. I ran cross country for about two weeks in high school, but I dropped that when my hating it conveniently coincided with severe pain in my left knee, which turned out to be the result of several osteochondromas (non-malignant bone...