On July 1st, I registered for the Colfax Marathon in Denver, Colorado. Since then, I have been training full bore to get in marathon shape. When I first started training, I envisioned that I would start writing again on a biweekly basis. In my head, this marathon was supposed to be my triumphant return to both serious running and consistent writing. Serious running happened, consistent writing did not.

Photo from the last race I ran, March 22nd, 2021.

Here was my problem with writing. If I was going to put out something biweekly, what was the focus? One option was highlights each day’s training and reflect on that but having…

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.

Tenth Grade

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…

Me watching a sunset in Hawaii last month. To me, it represents reflecting on where you are in life. That’s what this piece of writing is about.

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…

This picture is not from this summer but it is a dope picture of me my friend Sandra took of me. I have not yet used it for clout on the internet so I’m using it here.

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.

  1. “We are in the gutter but…

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. …

Picture of me racing from the summer.

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.

I went…

As my summer comes to an end, I am taking some time to reflect on it. I am including this photo because it is by far my favorite from this summer. I also think it captures what it is like to reflect on life.

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. …

It’s a cool photo with running cause I write about running.

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…

Taken from Cherry Creek Sneak, April 28, 2019

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…

Tucker Horan

Just a guy who runs and tries to do some writing

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