Regular maintenance required

Often, the same personality traits that make us good runners also make us terrible runners. Our type-A personalities make us hard-working and dedicated … but also reluctant to ease off or — heaven… Continue reading

Checking my ego at the trailhead

My earliest running experiences were the unorganized, free-for-all child kind. I didn’t participate in “fun runs” or youth cross country. I just ran. I grew up on a 92-acre farm in Kentucky, in… Continue reading

Youth cross-country a boon to Bluegrass image

Kentucky — a state known for bourbon and fried chicken, but increasingly known also for running. Despite the south being football country, and Kentucky specifically being basketball country, the ranks of top-notch young… Continue reading

Cbus or bust: a comeback marathon

My running career took off like a rocket about six years ago — unfortunately, it fell back to earth just as quickly. After struggling for the past two years, I can’t decide if… Continue reading

Four years of chasing bourbon … on foot

Four years ago, I talked to man who was planning to launch a new overnight relay on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Mike Kuntz explained the idea to me and my friend/coworker/running pal Diane. Our… Continue reading

A runner attempts Pure Barre

Most of us, as runners, understand the importance of cross training — both for our health and to better our running performance. But let me be honest — I love running. I despise… Continue reading

Live in the moment

Live in the moment. That simple sentence kicked off the fifth year of Derby City Athletic Club’s youth cross-country camp, which I wrote more about in the July issue of the Running Journal.… Continue reading

Two-a-days in the mountains – vacation perfection

At the end of June, I’ll be heading to a beautiful place to do nothing but run with about 75 other people. My non-running acquaintances think this is the opposite of an ideal… Continue reading

Feeling twice as bad about running half as far

Dropping down in race distance is a double-edged sword. There’s a mix of disappointment, failure and regret — but also a little bit of relief. When I admitted, six weeks before the Kentucky… Continue reading

The reliable running community

On a beautiful, unseasonably warm day in early March, Kenny Gilliland set off for an easy 6 miles from his home. His home, about 15 minutes from Louisville, was in nearby scenic Oldham… Continue reading