For the Love of God, Please Stop Calling it Jogging

I jogged for years before I felt comfortable calling myself a runner. During that time I often wondered, “What is the difference between running and jogging? Am I a runner yet?” Well friends, I’m here to tell you. What a relief, right? Because this is important. I think we all understand that running is good andContinue reading “For the Love of God, Please Stop Calling it Jogging”

Forget About Moderation and Try Seasonality Instead

A few weeks ago, I woke up before the sun and drove to Nederland High School, where I picked up a shuttle to the Hessie trailhead. I started hiking just after sunrise beneath a canopy of autumn leaves. There was a chill in the air, but it was warm enough for me to break aContinue reading “Forget About Moderation and Try Seasonality Instead”

Going With the Flow

It’s that time of year again. The beginning time. The time for reflecting and resolving. Instead of making resolutions last year, I picked a focus: running and writing. I had two big, quantifiable goals. I wanted to run my first ultra-marathon and finish a draft of my memoir. I did the first one and immediatelyContinue reading “Going With the Flow”

The Tootsie Roll at the Center of Every Really Good Goal

My writing instructor sent me an email this week outlining what I’m supposed to bring to the first class on Monday, January 8th. She explained and then she spelled it out again, just to be clear. Or (the expression that comes to mind is) to rub salt in my wounds. 20 consecutive pages, plus TheContinue reading “The Tootsie Roll at the Center of Every Really Good Goal”

Start Running by Setting These 3 Expectations

I have a theory that shame keeps a lot of people from running. Tell me honestly (or at least tell yourself) if you can relate to the following story. Jennifer (Let’s call her Jennifer. That’s a nice generic name if you’re an Xennial.) looks in the mirror and says to herself, “Ugh. My thighs areContinue reading “Start Running by Setting These 3 Expectations”