I started running during college, but I never went more than a mile at a time until I turned 21. I ran my first 5K race in November 2010, and I was immediately addicted. Perhaps because running doesn't require hand-eye coordination.
I ran my first marathon in October 2011, and I've since made friends with the 26.2-mile distance, going on to ultramarathons in 2014. Now I'm on a mission to run a marathon or ultra in every U.S. state. I blog intermittently about the journey at Nike Told Me To.
- 100 Mile: 22:22, The Pistol Ultra Run, 2016
- 100K: 11:20, Dawn 2 Dusk 2 Dawn 12 Hour, 2016
- 50 Mile: 8:48, JFK 50 Mile, 2014
- Marathon: 3:19, Philadelphia Marathon, 2015
- 5K: 19:48, Roots & Wings Run, 2014
I believe that less is more when it comes to running equipment. Moving to minimalist footwear has improved my performance and resilience. I run in sandals—I used to wear Luna Sandals, but now I run in Shamma Sandals. Even besides running, you'll almost always find me in sandals, except when it's bitterly cold, icy and snowy. If you'd like to learn more about natural running, I'd recommend reading Born to Run by Chris McDougall and ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer.
Running offers a lot of time for thinking. Sometimes I learn things on my runs. For instance, check out the Ignite Talk I gave on a lesson I learned during my first 50-mile race in the video below.
I'm working on a book, slowly and lazily (kind of like an ultra), on the philosophical side of running. You can read an essay I wrote, which will eventually be the introductory chapter, entitled Running and Worldmaking, published on Sinkhole.
In the realm of formal research, I have published a number of studies on running:
- A philosophical article on the experiential motivations of runners of various distances in terms of beauty and the sublime
- An auto-hermeneutic study of the information experience in my first 100-mile race
- An exploration of how ultrarunners build understanding through engaging with information
- A study of ultrarunning race reports as a story-based document genre
- Results of a survey on ultrarunning information seeking and a conceptual discussion of building understanding through information constellations.