This is part two of a four part series. If you missed the first part, you can read that here.
The purpose of this series is to get back to more consistent writing. It is also to help me better understand my relationship with running, a relationship that is always changing. Each section of this piece highlights a time when my relationship with running grew, changed, went to a new level, etc.
All great television series have origin stories for their main characters. You can consider this my running origin story.
I entered tenth grade off a great…
My latest series is going to be exploring why I fell in love with running. There are a few goals to go along with this series. First, I want to start writing more again. Writing is a creative pursuit for me and creative pursuits are always worth the time. They make us better people, make us more human, and make us better understand who we are and why we do what we do. I miss when I used to write weekly or biweekly and want to get back to some sort of pattern.
The second reason is I know my…
Since the pandemic started, here are some things in my life that have decreased: miles run, writing, reading, and spending time with the people I love.
Since the pandemic started, here are some things in my life that have increased: anxiety, drinking, apathy, and time spent doomscrolling.
This situation is not unique to me. This pandemic has shook up many of our lives. Looking at the bigger picture, I have been really lucky that all my family has been in good health and not faced the same struggles many others have. I’m truly grateful for that.
While I am grateful…
Last summer I wrote a piece called Eight Quotes of the Summer. It was a fun piece to write so I wanted to write a similar piece at the end of this summer.
Looking at these quotes I make myself reflect back on the things I learned and thought about this summer. These quotes from a variety of places — videos, books, movies, television shows, etc. The quotes are more centered on life than running.
What follows is a series of quotes followed by a brief description of what that quote means to me.
How many miles a week do you run? How long is your longest run? What is your diet like? How many hours of sleep do you get a night? How are you fueling on race and long runs?
These five questions are just an example of what people ask when you train for a marathon. They are important questions and I have answers for these questions.
However, I don’t want to write about these questions. There are a bunch of articles online and books you can read that are written by people who are much smarter than me. …
It’s October 20th, 2019. That date is important to me for two reasons.
The first reason is because today the Rock n Roll Denver half marathon was run. It is a race I love. I ran my first half marathon there two years ago. I ran 1:20:15, which at the time I did not think I was capable of. To this day, that race is one of the races I’m most proud of. I think that race really started my post collegiate running career and made me think I was capable of still running great races after college.
My summer is coming to an end. I had a lot of fun this summer but I also wanted to learn this summer. Or I at least wanted to learn things about the world that I could apply to my life.
With that in mind, I took a note on my phone of any quote that resonated with me. These quotes come from a variety of sources such as books, online articles, and even television shows. These are not running specific quotes, although some come from runners. …
Read this quote today and wanted to share:
“Growing up, we run. But at some point in your running career you have to ask yourself why are you actually doing this? Is it because you’re good at it or is it because running is something that is deeply important to you? If the answer is ‘yes, running is deeply important to me’ then a follow up might be ‘well what are you going to do about it?” — Drew Hunter
I’m running because it is deeply important to me. I’ve decided that running is something I want to give my…
This photo sums up exactly how my race last Sunday went. I ran 1:03:27 for ten miles and finished 8th. Last month I wrote that my goal for this race was to run under 59 minutes and be top 10. While I was top 10, it would be wrong to call this race a success. I was worlds away from running under 59 minutes.
Immediately after the race, I started looking for the reason why I ran so slow. I went to the Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 7 the night before. That was emotionally draining, kept me…
When I was training to run a marathon for the first time I came across a phenomenon called the post-marathon blues. Put simply, someone going through post-marathon blues feels that their running is devoid of meaning. After spending months preparing for a race, a runner can feel empty after experiencing elation completing a marathon.
To my surprise, I got hit pretty hard with the post-marathon blues. I have always preached to myself and to others that I truly love the sport and want to do it for a lifetime. The proof of my love? I’m just an average, washed up…
Just a guy who runs and tries to do some writing