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book review: ultrarunner scott jurek’s eat & run

“I belong to a small, eclectic community of men and women where status is calibrated precisely as a function of one’s ability to endure.” Recently I finished reading Eat & … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

on running, on literature, on noticing

This blog began with a focus on literature.  Lately it’s turned to another, newer passion of mine: long distance running. I spent some time this week thinking–while plodding along on my new favorite … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

on eating animals: chef anthony bourdain, novelist jonathan safran foer, and ultrarunner scott jurek

In college I had a crush on a long-haired, Birkenstock-wearing guy who let everyone who would listen know he was a proud vegan.  This man was attractive to me for many reasons, but … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

the 2015 north face endurance challenge (D.C.): race review

Months ago I signed up for The North Face Endurance Challenge series in Washington, D.C.  TNFEC is held all over North America, with races in New York, Utah, Wisconsin, California … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

ultrarunner anton krupicka – in the high country

“In the High Country is an impressionistic mountain running film: a visual essay about a life in the mountains. It looks at running from a new perspective, both visually and … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

the 2014 woodrow wilson bridge half marathon in washington, d.c.

I completed my second half marathon yesterday–and beat my first time by nearly 5 minutes! As most runners will tell you, once you complete a half, you’re addicted.  As I … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

who wants to move to portland with me?

Portland’s almost an alternative universe.  It’s like Gore won.  The Bush administration never happened. In Portland you can put a bird on something and just call it art. In Portland … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

awkward and painful things i learned from my first half marathon

1. You may never spot your friend or significant other along the course–so don’t entrust them with the necessary nutrition and gear you’ll need.  The race website said there would be two viewing … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

if you like running (or just really inspiring, interesting books), read these.

More in-depth reviews of these books will be posted soon, but I just had to share my epic running reading list from the past month.  If you know of any … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

review: the 2014 virginia wine country half marathon

I couldn’t have picked a better first half marathon.  The weather was ideal: sunny and clear, 65 degrees at 7:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky.  Fields, wildflowers, horses, … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

three. more. days. | training for a (first!) half marathon

When there’s no more gas in the tank, seasoned marathoners say that repeating a mantra while running can keep you motivated.  Phrases like “One step at a time,” “Just keep going,” and … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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