Top St. Louis Trail Races: Big River’s Running Twofer

Top St. Louis Trail Races: Big River’s Running Twofer

Elena Friedman always looks forward to a signature element of The Skippo trail race: the stairs. “It’s fun to count how many there are, and I always lose track by the top,” said Friedman, a certified athletic trainer who participates in the event each year. But even...
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 Tackles The Barkley Marathons

Team Terrain Tackles 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...
The Reality of Running Superstitions

The Reality of Running Superstitions

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...