On Streaking

No, not like that. Like running every day. Like working out at least once every 24 hours. Like racking up consecutive days of training by the weeks, months, and years. <<Content warning: Compulsive exercise and eating disorders>> My streak started freshman year in high school, with a challenge from my track coach: Complete 60 days …

Brave Like Gabe

At Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, one of the world's oldest ultra races and one of the toughest to get into, I crewed and paced for Ladia Albertson-Junkans, a Brooks-sponsored runner who lives in Snoqualmie, Washington. Ladia ran the storied race to honor her best friend Gabe Grunewald, a professional runner and founder of the Brave Like …

The Waiting Room

There's something about a deadline. In 2010, one inspired me to finish a piece I titled "The Waiting Room." I entered it in Upstate Medical University's contest and, surprisingly, won the Bruce Dearing Writing Award. Originally published in The Healing Muse, "The Waiting Room" is a personal essay about my dad dying. I've included it below, …