The New York City Half Marathon offered me a chance to break free of my long-standing bias.
From shrinking my waistline to expanding my mind, running has provided a new life.
A quest for miles can put runners face-to-face with sites they’d often avoid.
The writer, fighting his gut for every step of the final lap, finished well behind champion Corey Bellemore.
One casual runner tried a distinctly un-casual challenge, and discovered something new about himself.
“My little brother is dying. Has died. Should have died. Tried to die.”
The running boom was slower to hit, but it’s undoubtedly there now.
“I would think about how unlike me it was to wake up early on a Saturday and push for fifteen miles. That was what my mom did.”
Because until you’ve pooped your pants—or come really, really, ridiculously close to it—you just don’t get it.
As in, sans music or metrics.
“Although he’s still resistant to the label of runner, it’s what I call him.”
A lifelong runner finds new satisfaction in running—and opens his surgeon’s eyes to the possibilities.
“Let’s go. You’ve got this. On your toes—run the hill on your toes.”
A man writes egregious comments on a woman’s race photo. The runner takes the opportunity to educate about rape culture.
For months after graduating college, I kept training. And then it was fall.
I’m happier, I’m healthier, and I quit my job.
I’m a better man because of what I learned from my dad’s experience.
I can eat a dozen donuts without blinking, but it took me years to learn that running, too, is in my blood.
“Sometimes it takes a learning curve to propel you to where you want to go.”
The exact moment one man realized he was direly out of shape.
Mental illness nearly stopped my running career and took my life, but it doesn’t have to get that bad.
At the lowest point of my life, when I felt like I had nothing left, running was there for me.
“I am able to be the person that I am rather than wishing I was the person that I used to be.”
When I learned about the Female Athlete Triad syndrome, all the pieces started falling into place.
It was the perfect gift.