Against running with headphones

The host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! wrote about the delights of running in our overconnected age and it looks fantastic.  “If I don’t leave my headphones behind when I run, I wouldn’t spend a single minute of my waking life free from input. I have a friend who wears headphones on long solo […]

‘Most runners run because they want to live life to the fullest’

Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting yourself to […]

The treadmill was originally a torture device

Treadmills were originally torture devices, meant to break the mind, body, and spirit of English prisoners. Two hundred years ago, the treadmill was invented in England as a prison rehabilitation device. It was meant to cause the incarcerated to suffer and learn from their sweat. Treadmills were originally installed as an outlet for exercise and […]

Running through the Alps

For runner Joe Grant, freedom is the rhythm of effort colliding with focus. The ability to unthink and just do it sets him free. “When your mind lets go of things and attentiveness is not forced…that’s when you tap into a feeling of freedom.” It can be challenging to tame the incessant honking from the […]