A Sampling of the Gross Shit That Has Happened to My Body Since I Started Running

The first time I wondered if I was possibly doing something wrong was when, while watching TV, I absently reached down to the second toe on my right foot and realized that my entire toenail had detached itself and was hanging on by the thinnest of cuticles, like a dingy white flag. I pulled it off painlessly and… »10/09/15 4:05pmYesterday 4:05pm

Seven Habits Of Highly Awesome Middle School Runners

We’re trotting along, arms uptight and locked, kneecaps clanking, when one of the sixth-grade harriers pulled up short. In this group, sudden cessation of movement indicates either a haphazardly attached body part has fallen off, or the stalled vehicle has decided he hates cross country and is dropping out of the… »10/02/15 1:43pm10/02/15 1:43pm

Meet The Owner Of Track's Most Brutal Event

Here’s Kenyan steeplechaser Ezekiel Kemboi after winning that 3,000-meter barrier-and-pond race at the Track and Field World Championships in Beijing. This was his seventh gold or silver World Championship performance. He’s got two Olympic golds at home in the drawer, stacks of others too, and, wonder on top of… »8/31/15 9:00pm8/31/15 9:00pm

U.S. Steeplechase Runner Evan Jager Eats It, Triumphs

On the Fourth of July in Paris, Evan Jager did something perfect. The 26-year-old American lined up for a 3,000-meter steeplechase against nearly all of the best steeplers in the world, and over the first five minutes of the race, he joined Kenyan stud Jairus Birech in running away from the entire field. There was… »7/06/15 5:29pm7/06/15 5:29pm

Nike Coach Alberto Salazar Accused Of Drug Violations

The distance running world was shaken a few months ago by top-level Kenyan and Russian doping convictions, but, you know, that was somewhere else. It was over there, not here in the US of A. Until yesterday, ironically, National Running Day. Two Molotov cocktails—an article on ProPublica by David Epstein and an… »6/04/15 9:26pm6/04/15 9:26pm

Why The 800 Comes Down To Hunters And The Hunted

Sprinters, all bumpy with muscles, pressure packed—my god, you could bounce a dime off of any appendage and get two cents change—take to the track for the 800 meters. They saunter, super chill. The lankier mid-distance runners come out too, on the same track, at the same time, lean and prancing, wind sprinting,… »4/24/15 12:06pm4/24/15 12:06pm

Boston Marathon Winner Takes Lead Just Yards From Finish

Kenyan Caroline Rotich battled with Mare Dibaba over the last quarter mile to reach the finish steps ahead of the Ethiopian to win the Boston Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:24:55. Dibaba crossed the line just four seconds later. The full-out sprint made for the sixth-closest women’s finish in history. »4/20/15 12:19pm4/20/15 12:19pm

Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and hordes of weekend warriors raising money for their favorite charities or just hoping to check off “complete a marathon” on… »4/20/15 9:04am4/20/15 9:04am

Are "Maximalist" Running Shoes The Next Big Con? No One Knows!

Today, The New York Times has a piece out on the maximalist running shoe, a trend now old enough to warrant an article written with characteristically Times-ian remove from rigorous examination of its subject. The thing about these shoes, though, is that even if the Times had wanted to conduct a more thorough… »2/17/15 2:54pm2/17/15 2:54pm

McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… »2/16/15 5:53pm2/16/15 5:53pm

What Happened to the Runner Who Shit Himself During a Half-Marathon?

Years after Swedish distance runner Mikael Ekvall crapped his shorts in the midst of a half-marathon, his photo still shows up on Facebook. You might've seen it with a "fail" caption or a demotivational poster—played-out viral image formats that were de rigueur at the time—or in any number of "world's most… »1/23/15 4:19pm1/23/15 4:19pm