A Toast to the Newcomers

In the nineties and aughts, there was a lawless vibe in the East Village and Lower East Side, especially late at night. As uncool as I was, even I knew a few of the vaguely to very illegal fun spots out on the dirty and somewhat dangerous streets: a ground-floor …

Your Training Isn’t Their Training

Great Insta post from Molly Seidel the other day: “Before the Houston Half back in Jan I was worried my training wasn’t enough, that I couldn’t work out as hard as veteran marathoners did. A really smart friend sitting with me on the bus to the start said, ‘Why do …

The Person Behind the Resolution

There is a good New Year’s Eve story about Fred Lebow, founder of the NYC Marathon. I think it comes from the excellent documentary about him, Run for Your Life. One year Fred had resolved to run a certain number of miles, 1000 or something. He did it. Except at …