The Road to 50k: Back To Bockfest

The Road to 50k: Back To Bockfest

This weekend marked the return of Cincinnati’s Bockfest, an annual series of events that celebrate the coming of Lent and – eventually – spring. It’s old Zinzinnati’s German Catholic heritage at its finest and the festivities begin with a delightfully absurd parade on Friday evening that’s filled with monks on Segways, sausage queens, goats and goatmen, and casks of blessed bock beer. Continue reading The Road to 50k: Back To Bockfest

Sharon And Chi-Town

Sharon And Chi-Town

My wife and I just got back from a quick trip to Chicago to catch the incomparable Sharon Van Etten in concert at Thalia Hall. I first encountered Van Etten’s music about a decade ago during the release cycle for her second studio album, Epic. I was working as a music journalist at the time and that LP’s hypnotic standout track “One Day” had become one of my favorite songs of the year. Continue reading Sharon And Chi-Town

The Road To 50k: You Spin Me Right Round, Peloton

The Road To 50k: You Spin Me Right Round, Peloton

As an amateur endurance athlete who has to strategically squeeze workouts into an excessively busy work schedule, I have always struggled to make time for consistent cross training. It’s hard enough to fit runs and strength training into each week. Finding that extra time to bike or swim or row or whatever frequently feels impossible, especially during the winter months. Continue reading The Road To 50k: You Spin Me Right Round, Peloton

The Road to Rainier: There And Back Again

The Road to Rainier: There And Back Again

My family relocated from Cincinnati to Seattle for a brief time in the mid-1980s. My parents packed up me, my infant sister, and our West Highland Terrier into the family Astrovan and we proceeded to make the drive from Ohio to Washington. It was my first taste of cross-country adventure, my first exposure to our National Parks, and my first introduction to the true size and scope of these United States of America. Continue reading The Road to Rainier: There And Back Again

The Road To 50k: First Steps

The Road To 50k: First Steps

I wasn’t always a runner. Although I’ve engaged in what you might call endurance sports (specifically cycling and hiking) for most of my adult life, my running career didn’t begin until 2013. Prior to that, running was a gym class punishment at best. It was a schoolyard humiliation, not something I willingly did for hours on end. Continue reading The Road To 50k: First Steps