The physical toll of home repairs

Out and Back | June 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Dante Zappala Every staple I removed from the risers brought the same sense of satisfaction. After prying, digging, and pulling, I’d feel a sensation of relief as I excavated yet another sliver of metal from the oak staircase. Then I would scan the 6 inches in front of me and relive the frustration of […]

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‘Trust and Try’

Out and Back | June 10th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I knew what the kid was capable of. I’d coached him for two months. He crushed workouts and competition alike. And yet, I still thought I could beat Marco in the mile. On a sun-filled day in May, my delusion would collide with the reality of what this young man had become. […]

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Why we run

Out and Back | May 4th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala With 24,000 time-qualified entrants at the Boston Marathon, getting to the line with a three digit bib number is a nice feather to wear. The first corral in the first wave is a gathering of like-minded nut jobs – men and women who have an unending commitment to logging miles and chasing […]

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Rising above comfort levels

Out and Back | April 20th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala Nineteen days from Boston, I set out to run hill repeats of some kind. Like most workouts I do with the Juventus Track Club, I didn’t know exactly what I was in for. I’ve learned over time that it’s better not to ask. The coach of the group, Derek Thompson, has been […]

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What comes after a run? Life, death? Or neither?

Out and Back | April 7th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala Easter has come and gone. I’m still waiting patiently to be reborn. With only a few weeks until the Boston Marathon, I’m banking on the miracle to take hold. Yet, even as my body heals and replenishes, as the adaptations take hold, the concept of Resurrection escapes me more. The premise of […]

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Revisiting the past

Out and Back | March 30th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala My trip from Portland ended early as the plane touched down 45 minutes ahead of schedule. I made it to McMenamin’s before the kitchen closed to enjoy wings and a beer. It was well past midnight by the time I finally got home. My kids were their normal raucous selves the next […]

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Moving through the food maze

Out and Back | February 11th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I am in love with the Giant in Flourtown. And, like anything related to love, it is complicated. There are times when the chicken goes bad after two days, and I swear the store off for good. Yet on the next visit, they will simultaneously offer free samples of beer from New […]

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The perils of hero worship

Out and Back | February 4th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala My sons took to football this year. We’d watched games before, but somehow this was the season where they started to pick up on the nuances. They learned more of the rules. They applauded the Chip Kelly firing. They followed other teams. Along with me, they became big fans of Cam Newton, […]

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