Hero Worship

A longtime running hero of mine doesn’t run. She walks. At a fast clip. She’s a middle-aged Hasidic woman, and I see her on mornings when my jog takes me onto Kent Avenue, a popular running route in my neighborhood. Usually I’m northbound in the bike lane with the stroller …

Shoelace Maintenance

Proper care of this undervalued piece of equipment is literally make or break for every runner. Just a few hours every week will do it! Schedule weekly checkups. Plan a shoestring repair routine once every seven days. Some so-called experts suggest a full-scale inspection and cleaning only every other week. This foolhardy …

I Would Walk 500 Miles

People who walk the entire French Route of the Camino de Santiago are used to jokes about the 1993 Proclaimers’ hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” For me, these jokes usually come when I’m trying to explain why I took off the entire month of May (all my vacation time …