Running on rabbit

Out and Back | March 5th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala It’s five days since I raced the half marathon, and I’ve stranded myself out by Smith Playhouse. As much as I’d willed my body to recovery over the past days, it just hadn’t happened. I’d even taken off the day before and eaten churros. Apparently, neither of those things nourished me back […]

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Running and other traumas

Out and Back | February 26th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala Kitze Katz didn’t answer the bell, and I knew it was going to be over soon. Usually, my oldest cat would be eager to see me when I come down the stairs in the morning and tap the food bowl with a spoon. Even though he had been sick for more than […]

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Embracing the moment

Out and Back | February 12th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala The Valley is a skating rink. L.A. Fitness is a meat market. The river, with its plowed and salted path, is the place to run this winter. I’ve looped the drives so many times in the last month that I get dizzy thinking about it. At times, I can get lost in […]

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Unleashed dogs: A runner’s hazard

Out and Back | February 4th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I have a difficult relationship with my dog Maya. When I come home from work, I can count on two things. My kids will ignore me as they are still decompressing from the school day, and Maya will bark at me. She’s a rescue. Wherever she came from, she must have been […]

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Winning with grace

Out and Back | January 29th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I’m two miles into a 5k, and there’s a hill coming. I’m somewhere in Delaware – I’m not exactly sure where, on a course I’ve never run. But I know what’s ahead because it’s where I just came from. My first thought is about the odd position I find myself in. I […]

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Running with the pack

Out and Back | January 7th, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Dante Zappala During the 1980s, the New Freedom Striders owned the Valley on any given day. Packs that swelled to 50 deep rolled down Forbidden Drive in waves. Training was religiously regimented. Certain days called for certain workouts. Bragging rights were earned and flaunted. Only one person could wear the Belt, the official title […]

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Finding the Mississippi

Out and Back | December 31st, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I stood at a crossroads in Wisconsin on Christmas Day. I had just climbed out of Illinois on a two lane byway that traverses the backside of a bluff. On the other side – somewhere – was the Mississippi river, a bridge and the road back to Iowa. My instincts told me […]

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Lost in the thickets of technology

Out and Back | December 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala Google really is obnoxious. I used the service to map out the driving route from Philadelphia to Dubuque. It, in turn, offered me two pieces of information. The first is that the northern route along I-80 is my best bet in a car. I squiggle across four states for 954 miles and […]

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