Another Grim Running Read

Meet the young track stars of Central High. There were seven of the girls and every one of the seven—in her way—was attractive. That’s wonderful for them, for sure. But I was only hoping Bobby, Jess, Clara, and the other four high school athletes of this 1914 Grosset & Dunlap title would …

ERGing

What most gym athletes call rowing, I call erging. When I am rowing, I am on the water sitting in my single, facing backwards, lightly grasping two sculling oars. It looks simple, but really, it’s not. The rowing stroke is surprisingly complicated. For many athletes, refining blade work and learning …

Rotten Running Read

I thought it’d be a gas to read this 1922 children’s sports novel in David Stone’s Yank Brown series, about a collegiate athlete who becomes a star harrier, but it turned out to be only a depressing reminder that the divisions and acrimony that divide our country today are nothing …