Running Between The Lines

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

The Road Less Traveled – Part 1

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost My return to the world of competitive running was really only a matter of time. It wasn’t a question of if, but a question of when. I think I knew all along that I wasn’t done, that I couldn’t be done, but I also knew that forcing things was not the answer. I needed to let things happen in their own way, in their own time. My path thus far has not been conventional, and I…

Table for 6

Of all the meals I eat in a day, dinner is by far my favorite one. Considering that I have way more than the standard three square (I’m talking hobbit status – second breakfast, elevenses, afternoon tea), that’s saying a lot. Dinner is the best meal of the day because dinner means cooking with John. We started our culinary adventuring together most nights of the week our senior year at Cornell, and now that we live together, it has become a nightly ritual. Cooking is a way for us to spend time together. Unlike some other couples, we do not…

Redefining Success – Part 2

Goal #1: Develop a training plan that fits with a full-time job. Blue collar runner with a white collar job. I wasn’t the first person to do it and I knew I wouldn’t be the last. There were plenty of other people living the dual life, hiding their sports bras and spilt shorts under their button-ups and slacks. There were people with much higher mileage and much more demanding work schedules who were making it work. I knew it could be done, but it was still going to be an adjustment. At Cornell it was simple; practice was from 4:30pm…

Yes, I Started A Blog

Usually when people start a blog, they feel obligated to justify why they started a blog. They answer questions like Who am I to voice my opinions? and Why should anyone care what I have to say?  I think that is silly. I write fairly well. I enjoy writing. I find writing to be very therapeutic. So I'm going to write. Whoever wants to read, can read. It's really quite simple. So far I've only got one legit blog post, Redefining Success - Part 1. The rest are all just things I've written over the years. I included them mostly because my homepage looked really…

Redefining Success – Part 1

This past spring track season was probably the most successful track season of my life. That statement may seem silly to most people who know what I accomplished in my previous two spring track seasons, but the key to understanding my logic is knowing the definition of success that I’m applying. I always have been and always will be a goal-oriented person. As much as I have worked over the years to appreciate the process, when it comes down to it, the factor that weighs heaviest in my mind when I am defining my own success is still whether or…