Tag Archives: running

Ragnar SoCal 2017 Recap: Running On Empty

“Never again, never again, never again, never again…” I chanted to myself at 2:00 am as I struggled to catch my breath in the cold night air, hopping over sidewalk bumps and trying my best to ignore the drunk man serenading me from across the street. Clutching the grimy pepper spray canister in my hand, I… Read More

This Sh*t Is Bananas: Running My First Marathon

I originally I wrote this post for fitted magazine, and later adapted and delivered it for a recent Toastmaster’s speech. In light of my third marathon coming up in a little over a week, I re-adapted the recounting of my first marathon experience for this post below. I’m not a huge fan of bananas. I… Read More

It’s Okay To Be A Quitter

Today, I quit. I had a 20-mile long run scheduled for my next race – the Surf City Marathon – and after the first mile,  I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to run for 19 more miles. Besides the fact that I didn’t want to (who really wants… Read More

5 Things Running 1000+ Miles Has Taught Me About Life

The wind on my face, sweat pouring down my brow, my legs carrying me mile after mile, the burning in my lungs, the constant mental struggle…running, I hate every part of it. As I write this, I just finished my third half marathon; everything hurts, and I’m strategically setting goals for my next race. How (and… Read More

Running After Divorce, Running From Life

This weekend, I finished my third half marathon in my hometown race, the Surf City Half Marathon. 17 months ago, I hadn’t run farther than one full mile, and that was more than 20 years ago. I was not (and still am not) a big fan of running. It’s painful; it can get really boring,… Read More

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

I’m one of those people who never wins anything. No matter how much the odds can be stacked in my favor (a la Hunger Games style), I always wind up congratulating the other guy. Last week, my friend and co-worker invited me to participate in Road Runner Sports’ Adventure Run. It’s a free race/scavenger hunt… Read More

Unpacking The Baggage

This last week was tough. It was one of those, “I don’t want to blog because whatever comes out will be raw and ugly and quite possibly pathetic.” I spent the week staring in horror at my baggage. Oh, I knew I had baggage and lots of it, but I had felt like I have… Read More

The Myth Of The Runner’s High

I hate running. I’m pretty sure that this “runner’s high” that people talk about is a myth. I’ve run a few races, ran a 7-minute mile once in high school to impress a guy I liked and ran like a guinea pig on the treadmill at the gym while bitterly watching the food network and… Read More