Panfilo

Panfilo runs for West Side–one of the top teams in the NYC area. He is strong, fast and healthy. See the “A” on Panfilo’s bib number? This means he starts up front in Central Park races. Which in turn means he is one of the faster runners around town. I pray his strength and endurance…

My 5 Worst Running Injuries

5. May-June ’99: Kwai, Botswana Injury & Cause: Some kind of unknown strain in foot occurring one day while racing kids on a dirt road in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Don’t remember how long without running at all, but this thing lingered into the beginning of cross country season and I had to…

The Icing 

The Icing.  More so than snow, it was the ice continuously pelting my face that made this morning’s run challenging.  I deliberately ran into the eye of the storm–straight to the ocean water’s edge on Orchard Beach. 50 mph winds there blasted ice pellets across my face.  “Please, Lord, lash me!” I cried out.  Lash…

5 Ways In Which Japan Differs from New York City

But first, about the featured image:Brooklyn establishments are hip in both places, as are young folk wearing “Brooklyn” t shirts. [this bar/restaurant is in Hakata, in southern Japan] In Japan… 1. As ambulances run through intersections the driver makes announcements via loud speaker, including: “Adigato go zai mas (thank you very much)..” 2. Ridged and…

Psycho House

Currently on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—the Psycho house, as reimagined by British artist Cornelia Parker as “PsychoBarn.” And where else in the world could you find the hone of Ms. Bates and little Norman but on a rooftop in Central Park?

Meet One of the Fastest Runners in NYC

Welcome to the second edition of Meet a Bronxite. I would like to introduce everyone to Bobby Asher, one of the fastest and most consistently competitive runners in the New York City region. Mr. Asher is a teammate of mine with the Van Cortlandt Track Club (VCTC). Note: Minimal editing below for clarity but otherwise…

500 For the Fallen Relay, II: Van Cortlandt to Columbus Circle

Our comrades arrive around 12:30 today in Van Cortlandt Park–The Bronx! Organizers have been at it non-stop since 0900 Thursday. Flags exchange hands… We’re off to Manhattan! We know we HAVE to make it. A team is awaiting our arrival in Columbus Circle, including parents of a fallen soldier. Success is the ONLY option. Straight…

Meet a Bronxite, Part I

I feel like The Bronx is made for me to live in. I’d like to introduce everyone to Gaby. She is the first Bronxite to be featured in this new Sunday special which allows the world at large to become acquainted with actual, real life folks who live in The Bronx, New York—the only borough…

Forging a New Path

For the first time since 10:25 a.m. on April 30th, I ran. It is a gorgeous evening here in The Bronx, New York. I was compelled to rejoin the natural world after my post-marathon respite. I yearned for sun, sky,my friends the trees called out to me. And for my first run in history, of…

Wrestling

Our ambition propels us forward. Runners set goals obsessively as we put in our daily 8-10 mile maintenance runs. Then come our scheduled track and tempo sessions–5 miles at [fill in pace here]–enroute to our weekend long run–21 miles at [pace/effort]. Confident.Determined. We strive for the golden moments when our best performances will be forever…