Two-legged and Four-legged Running Articles

When I publish an article in a magazine, website or newspaper, I add it to my Portfolio—and that’s that. You would think that a writer with a running blog would publicize the articles they publish, yet it’s taken me fifty-nine posts to bring it to your attention. Three recent articles I’d written appeared in national publications. They include:

·         The Long Haul – American Fitness Magazine: The most humbling moment for a runner is the day the body no longer performs as the mind says it can. It is a time in life that requires more than a new training routine—it requires an attitude adjustment. Running longevity is as much mental as it is physical. As life expectancy increases, the focus shifts to quality of life and functional abilities. Preventive lifestyle behaviors, including regular exercise, will postpone disability at least as much as mortality. One important change is to diversify your exercise routine. Cross-training with less impact-intensive aerobic exercises such as cycling, elliptical or rowing machines will help maintain aerobic conditioning without constant impact on the knees and joints from running.

·         Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About RunningImpact Magazine: Haruki Murakami is an unknown among running luminaries, and his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is an anomaly in the world of running literature. That’s because Murakami is a sixty-three-year-old internationally acclaimed novelist who just happens to be a runner. A running memoir written by a novelist is not the place to find technical running advice. However, if you are drawn to the contemplative and philosophical aspects of the sport, his book is a joy. Reading his insights is like watching the ideas flow through his mind during a long run and then spill out onto the page. “Writing honestly about running and writing honestly about myself are nearly the same thing,” he says. In the end, Murakami says, “I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.”

·         Running With Your Lab – Just Labs Magazine: The most reliable running partners are those of the four-legged species. My hyperactive Golden Retriever is always a willing participant. She never wages a protest, lodges a complaint or whines. When I began running with my dog years ago, there was no training manual—we just hit the trial. Today there is a wealth of information that provides advice to ensure a safe, healthy and enjoyable run for both of you. Before starting a running program with your dog, consider her age, development and condition. JT Clough, who wrote the 5K Training Guide: Running With Dogs, recommends building your dog’s endurance incrementally; don’t overexert your pet until she is ready.

You can read the full articles at the respective link. Other articles I wrote are scheduled for publication in the coming months, including one about running and knee health entitled “These Knees” in American Fitness this summer.

I plan to create a website this summer to begin publishing my other writing—essays, nonfiction and short stories. I will continue to write about running, health and fitness, and link Rite2Run to the website. Running has been central to my life for as long as I can remember, and I see no end to writing about it.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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