Amy L. Marxkors

Amy L. Marxkors

Amy L. Marxkors is the author of The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner and Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story.  Click here to receive Amy's weekly article via email.



The Indecorous Runner

It’s the little indignities, really, that make us runners, the nuanced surrender of propriety. For all of the glorified facets of runnin…

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Trust the Process

In his book, Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy said that while “mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President…

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It's All in Your Head

Yogi Berra famously quipped, “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” The same could be said of running. Ex…

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Olympic Thoughts

I’m a sucker for the Olympics.  I always have been. A slow motion montage and some soppy music, and I’m a mess. The sight of …

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On Endings

I don’t usually do my long runs in the evening. For numerous reasons, I prefer early morning long runs. There is something about the qui…

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Of Moments

It was early—too early by normal human standards—and I had already been running Forest Park for an hour. It was Friday. It had not…

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The Negotiation

It happens every time I start marathon training. For the first three to five weeks, my body rebels. Straight-up rebels. Tempo runs are a bear.…

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Shakespeare the Runner: Summer Sonnets

Just your neighborhood runner, ruining Shakespeare for you, one sonnet at a time. I apologize in advance.  Note: Substitutions/deletions…

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My Sanctuary

I’ve never been particularly good at handling tragedy. I’m not able to reconcile the great sadness and hurt we see on the daily ne…

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What Once Was Lost

A friend from New York City is staying with us this weekend and, as is always the case when an out-of-town guest happens to run, I have spent …

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