Carmel Half Marathon: On the American Super-Suburb and a Return to Running Normalcy

Carmel, IN: April, 2021 I had a difficult time describing Carmel, Indiana over the phone. I sat on a bench made to look like a book open to the first page of Little Orphan Annie in front of a Free Library housed in a fire red London phone booth talking to Lauren as she deplanedContinue reading “Carmel Half Marathon: On the American Super-Suburb and a Return to Running Normalcy”

The Hopeful Blues: Memphis and the St. Jude Half Marathon

Memphis, TN: December, 2018 –Tennessee is said to have three Grand Divisions, physiocultural regions represented by the three stars on the state flag and on the Titans logo: East – Mountains – Bluegrass Music – Smokies Central – Plateau – Country Music – Nashville West – Delta – Blues Music – Memphis The northeast tipContinue reading “The Hopeful Blues: Memphis and the St. Jude Half Marathon”

Strychnine and Soulard: The Go! St. Louis Half Marathon

St. Louis, MO: April, 2018 The Metrolink was as efficient early Sunday morning as it was throughout the weekend.  The last station before crossing the river was steps from the starting line and allowed us to arrive fairly close to the beginning of the race to avoid getting too cold, the temperature below thirty asContinue reading “Strychnine and Soulard: The Go! St. Louis Half Marathon”

Making Peace with the Marathon: Indianapolis Monumental

Indianapolis, Indiana: November, 2017 For the first time, the course left the streets of Indiana’s capitol, and instead led us through a park near the city’s art museum.  Residential Indianapolis was temporarily replaced by glowing deciduous trees, caught in that few day interlude between peak autumn foliage and drooping, empty branches. The surroundings became aContinue reading “Making Peace with the Marathon: Indianapolis Monumental”