The other day, I wrote about my gear shopping procrastination and the havoc it wrecked with planning in “Every Runner’s Shoe Rant.” See, I’m just days out from my big trek across the Grand Canyon, and the last thing I wanted was to make changes. Sadly, the shoes I’ve been running in for the last long… Continue reading Making a Change to Zero-Drop Shoes
After Born to Run hit stands in 2009 and barefoot running swept the world, I gradually began to hang onto my running shoes. The standard guideline to “replace running shoes after 300–500 miles” got tossed aside like yesterday’s stinky inserts. It seemed to make sense; if running barefoot is good for the body and sole, then how can shoes… Continue reading Every Runner’s Shoe Rant
The woman unfurled herself from the silk rope, dropping gracefully as she unwound over about 10 feet. The movement was so controlled and sinuous it appeared effortless. She twirled there, some 20 feet off the ground. I was at an interview for an article on Austin’s Blue Lapis Light, a site-specific aerial dance company, watching rehearsal… Continue reading Assessing Risk in Sport – What is “Safe”?
As preparation for my upcoming Grand Canyon trip, I recently purchased something I never thought I’d own — trekking poles. Trail vs. Road Running For years now, I’ve been running on trails. My goal is always to move swiftly through the woods, running whatever the trail allows (meaning, sometimes I go fast and other times, I… Continue reading What Trail Runners Should Know About Trekking Poles
I’m currently spending some much needed time with extended family (which will, eventually, lend itself to all sorts of various posts), so I’m taking this opportunity to add another layer to my recently published article on The Austinot. If you’re not familiar with this magazine, The Austinot is an online publication that focuses on — you guessed… Continue reading Little Free Library On the Road
#ThrowbackThursday always has me thinking of photos with friends. Or awkward family photos. Or fashion faux pas (how did we ever think that perms and shoulder pads were a good look?). A lot of my photos are of groups of runners, clustered somewhere, often in the dark, in various stages of sweatiness. I stumbled upon some… Continue reading #TBT: Pacing Friends is the Best of All Worlds
Fate, luck, opportunity, chance, divine intervention–I struggle with how to name the many intersections of people, places, and events that make the hair on my arms raise. For me, this is currently about career. Where am I going next? In her best seller Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg described moving along a career arc as climbing on a… Continue reading How Woo Woo Are You?
As someone who’s signed up for a race based on the medal/charm/cool jacket/belt buckle, I have to laugh at this “instant gratification” cartoon. Basically, it’s poking fun at runners who are fixated on the swag. For some, participating in events can be all about the stuff: wearing the race T-shirt, adding another medal to the collection, getting that M-dot… Continue reading A Belated Valentine for A Motivational Award
Yesterday was the 50K out at Bandera. I love Bandera; it is my favorite place in the world to run. When I get in the car to drive out there, my soul is light and I have a big ol’ shit-eating grin on my face. Even when it’s sucky, it’s a great place to run.… Continue reading Slaying Demons and Gittin’ Er Done at the Bandera 50K
Despite my best intentions, I’ve allowed a lot of time to pass since my last entry. Tsk, tsk. But so much is happening–and so fast!–that I’m having a hard time keeping up with the living, much less the recording. There are worse problems. Since Hell’s Hills, I’ve done two more events (The Maze 30K and… Continue reading More Adventures of the Comeback Trail