Why do I run?

Recently my dad and I were running an 8k. At mile four, his brother was waiting to cheer us on. He jogged a long with us for a few minutes, recording an interview with his iPhone. Why do you run? He asked. Good question. For my dad! Was my response. It’s his birthday run. And…

Runner Problems: is that poo on you?

It was the Fourth of July. The 5k was at Lake Harriet. My friends were out of town so I was able to park at their house and use their bathroom before the race. It was a quick walk down 42nd to get to the band shell where the race began. Problem was, it was…

Freewriting: Running and stretching

My parents have always been my inspiration to move. My mom a ballerina. My dad a soccer and hockey player. It was natural for me to embrace ballet. And I do love it. But I always had a secret attraction to running. As a kid, I would beg my dad to race me around the…

Unbreakable Spirit

“I like your spirit, kid.” Said the doctor at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Medicine Institute. He had just told me that I should quit running. My response was no, I just started running. I had been toying with the idea of running since the spring of 2006. I would walk for an hour and…