I’ve always wanted to go to Flagstaff for some reason. Even before Cocodona, even before I saw photos of this beautiful town, I’ve wanted to go. Maybe… Read more “Elden Mountain, Flagstaff, And the Things I Didn’t Plan (Plus a Bit of Geology!) | AZ, UT, NV Road Trip”
Who is a Runner is a series by Brooks in collaboration with Camp4 Collective. Erin McGrady’s story is the last episode in this series that follows runners from around the U.S. and tells their stories. The question “who is a runner?” can be answered simply: everyone. How come? Because running, indeed, is for everyone.
What about Erin’s story?
“It takes the first 5-6 miles for the ‘bird’s nest’ in Erin McGrady’s head to unravel,” writes Camp4 Collective. “And then, putting one foot in front of the other, the photographer and writer works to create and celebrate safe spaces for others in the queer community. Together, with her wife Caroline Whatley, in spite all they are up against as queer women in the South, they turn their attention toward the joy they get from traveling and creating community.”
Erin’s story, told in less than 9 minutes, is one of courage, defiance, and victory. Who is a runner? Erin.
If you missed the memo, Mike Wardian is on his way across the continent right now—and yes, he’s running all of it. He’d just crossed the 3,000-mile… Read more “Mike Wardian Is Almost Done; The Last Two Thousand Miles and The Week Ahead”
As the date of my departure from the US neared, I was looking for something—anything—that would give my life back in Europe meaning. This might sound a… Read more “When You’re Depressed, do Something so Ridiculous it Might Just Work. Like Volunteering for a Race in a Foreign Country.”
If you’re really submerged in the depths of ultrarunning, or if you live on one very specific block in New York City, you may have heard of… Read more “3100: Run And Become | A Short Movie Introduction & Where to Find It”
Before you ask; yes, this is really happening—Mike Wardian is on his way across the continent right now—and yes, this really happened—I interviewed him for the San… Read more “Mike Wardian Is Running Across the U.S. & I Just So Happened to Pick His Brains About It”
Plans don’t always work out the way we want them to but sometimes the alternative is just as good or even better. That day, the alternative was… Read more “The Last Run | Goodbye, Mount Tamalpais”
Neal Jamison Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters With the Ultramarathon is an older book but still very worth a read. It’s a collection of short essays… Read more “Running Through the Wall | Book Recommendation”
I grew up in the north. You know, dry air, snow, and swimming in ponds when it’s 68°F because that’s hot already. I’m also very, very white—my… Read more “HURT Trails Hurt: A Northener’s Stab at the Round Top Preserve Trails on Oahu, Hawaii”
Way Too Cool. Way too hilly. Way too painful. Way too awesome. Way Too Cool is a lot of way-too things, both objectively and subjectively. Objectively, or… Read more “Way Too Cool 50k: Moh’s Scale—Diamond | Race Report”