Running with the head and the heart

Out and Back | October 15th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala “Believe. Believe. Believe.” Fifty years ago, Billy Mills could be heard telling himself this as he pounded out mile after mile. This mantra was his antidote to doubt. As he trained for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, he wrote this passage in his training log and visualized one of the biggest upsets […]

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The perils of managing a 5k race

Out and Back | October 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala Design a course. Provide feedback on the logo. Find a shirt vendor. Coordinate street closings with the police. Ask the Co-op for bananas. And, oh, yeah, get people to sign up! This is the short list of what is on my plate in my first foray as a race director. When I […]

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No need to hang up the shoes at 40

Out and Back | October 2nd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala After 20 years with the Yankees, in the last at bat of his last home game, Derek Jeter hit a game winning single. It was the perfect end to a career. This same type of story has been unfolding in the running world this year, except that none of the players seem […]

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When impatience can be painful

Out and Back | September 25th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I just celebrated my birthday. In this small period of reflection, I can appreciate that I’ve learned a lot in my 39 years. But it’s a wonder that I’m a distance runner because one thing I still haven’t mastered is patience. Despite many episodes of getting ahead of myself only be to […]

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Haunted by the ghosts of marathons past

Out and Back | September 4th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I’m running through the woods, and it appears I am winning the marathon. I’m surprised by this, but I go with it. The pace is solid, I feel great. Everything is going as expected. But suddenly, I get lost. The course opens into an empty field and it’s not clear which way […]

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Running on a trail of memories

Out and Back | August 20th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala On the night of Aug. 5, 2009, Kevin McShea started his shift at the Northwest Detectives unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. He was presented with a case. A young girl had died on Forbidden Drive when, inexplicable even to fate, a tree branch fell and struck her while she was running. […]

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Encounter with a wise senior

Out and Back | August 14th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I met Rolf before we even said hello. I spotted him a good block away as he vibrantly bounded through the old city of Schwerin. Glowing against the gray background of formality and reserve, he pierced stares to find smiles around him. With Rolf, strangers become instant friends, and I was no […]

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