Do You Need a Coach?

Do You Need a Coach?

There’s old African proverb that says, “If you want to run fast, run alone.” If only endurance sports were that simple. Sure, you can print out an Internet training plan and chug along, all by your lonesome, but how far (figuratively speaking) can you go on your own?...
Team Terrain at The Barkley Marathons

Team Terrain at The Barkley Marathons

I was about an hour into the 2018 Barkley Marathon and had just reached the Pillars of Death (a series of lichen-covered rock columns that you hopscotch over) when I looked down and saw that the waterproof sleeve holding my map was gone. My gut dropped, and I felt...
Ferguson Twilight Run Crosses Boundaries

Ferguson Twilight Run Crosses Boundaries

The 9th Ferguson Twilight Run takes place on Saturday, May 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the heart of downtown Ferguson. Since its inaugural race in 2010, the Ferguson Twilight Run has become one of the premier annual events of the greater St. Louis area. Each year it...
It’s Only Superstition

It’s Only Superstition

The night before the 2017 MO’ Cowbell Half Marathon in St. Charles, in a floaty ceremony acted out with liturgical gravitas, Mark Spewak shuttled his left shoe into one room and his right shoe into another. The next morning, having put asunder what Saucony — his...
Missouri Wine Wobble Announced

Missouri Wine Wobble Announced

Held at Cedar Lake Cellars in Wright City, Mo., the Missouri Wine Wobble will give oenophiles the opportunity to work up a sweat and sample wine, too. The inaugural event on April 28 will offer a 1k walk/jog through the vineyards with tasting stops along the way, or a...
Trail Profile: Al Foster Trail

Trail Profile: Al Foster Trail

It was a cool, sunny day in October, and my family and I were seated in an open-air railway car being chug-chug-chugged into a swathe of red and yellow trees by a miniature steam locomotive. The Meramec River bluffs soared high and rugged to the north; forested...