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The Opportunity of a Lifetime

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Making the turn onto Blackberry Road and seeing a long, steep, and winding road heading deep into the Appalachian Mountains, I knew I had arrived somewhere unique. Zap Fitness is a place that it truly different from anything the world has ever seen and somewhere…

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Please Don’t Catcall Me

Please Don’t Catcall Me

  If you are a runner who ventures outside, chances are good that, at least once, you have been catcalled. For those unfamiliar with the term, catcalling is a peculiar phenomenon that occurs when one party (usually of the male variety, usually while driving) whistles,…

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Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

The very last line of Samuel Beckett’s novel The Unnameable reads: “I can’t go on, I’ll go on”. In context, the book’s narrator is coping with a pretty severe existential breakdown. I’m not. As a runner, however, I think this quote is salient, particularly when…

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Forward, the Light Brigade

Forward, the Light Brigade

“’Forward, the Light Brigade!’ Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew             Someone had blundered.             Theirs not to make reply,             Theirs not to reason why,             Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six…

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Arrest Yourself

Arrest Yourself

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Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button

They say when it rains it pours, and that is just rubbish. It can mist, it can drizzle, it can deluge, it can spit, and it can fall. (Thesaurus.com for the win) Actually though, I mention this saying because the past year has caused me to…

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Baptism By Fire

Baptism By Fire

I stepped up to the line of my first marathon with ice in my bra. Not metaphorical ice, although my heart and palms were alternating between chills and heat flashes. No, I had a literal piece of ice melting beneath my clavicles. The reason I’d…

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How to Become a Professional Runner

How to Become a Professional Runner

A Comprehensive Guide* *Editor’s note: This guide is partly satirical and not meant to be taken as an actual how-to. Use at own risk.   1. Don’t Focus on Running   Now. I know what you’re thinking: Why the hell would I not focus on…

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How to Become a Professional Runner:

How to Become a Professional Runner:

A Comprehensive Guide* by Joanna Thompson *Editor’s note: this guide is partly satirical and not meant to be taken as an actual how-to. Use at own risk. 1. Don’t Focus on Running Now. I know what you’re thinking: Why the hell would I not focus…

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Soltice

Soltice

I never saw this coming. Not once did I imagine not being able to stand on the starting line of the Olympic Trials. In my wildest dreams I saw a small town girl from Washington state tearing through the streets of LA, flying down the…

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