Wins and Losses

I usually post links to my work on this site and let them speak for themselves. This time feels different.

Since I ran the Boston Marathon as well, this article was very personal for me. I can’t share it without expressing tremendous gratitude to everyone who helped me put it together. My editors had the faith to assign me a topic a bit outside my typical realm. The experts took my calls and offered their insights on extremely short notice. And of course, the runners I interviewed trusted me with their deep and sometimes uncomfortable thoughts—a confidence I don’t take lightly. I sincerely hope I did right by them all.

As you’ll know if you read the contributors page of the print issue (or if you know me as a runner and not just a writer)—unlike most of the people I spoke with for this article, I finished Boston but did not have a good race. In part, I blame a developing injury that has since worsened. I haven’t run for almost a month now—a particularly difficult month to spend sidelined.

But having this chance to help tell the story of Boston reminded me of what writing has in common with running, and why both remain so important to me. At times, you struggle and hurt and cry, and you don’t think you can finish. In the end, though, you do. And it is redemptive.

Here’s the full article, in Runner’s World. Thank you for reading.

(Also, I can’t share this without thanking my amazing husband Matt—who always believes I can finish and helps me do it, whether it’s mile 22 or somewhere around 4 a.m. on deadline.)

UTI? Maybe You Should Skip The Script

If you’ve had a urinary tract infection before, you know the drill. First, you feel pain and burning when you pee. You head to the doctor, who takes a urine sample and sends it out for a culture. If the results come back positive, you take an antibiotic to fight the bug. But what if you could get better without the drugs—and the side effects, costs, and risks of antibiotic resistance that come with them? Read the full article in Prevention News.