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 …

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 …

Buddy System

I run most of my miles alone. It’s my me time, an escape from the pressures of home and work, my therapeutic effort to beat back whatever mental or physical demons have their claws in me that day and are trying to drag me down. But I also enjoy working out …