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.



My Life Post Marathon: A Study

Day 1: Excited to finally sleep in... and woke up at 6:07 a.m. Headed to the kitchen. Stairs were interesting, but not impossible. Ate a bowl …

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Race Better with this One Weird Trick

When I was writing my second book, Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story, I spent countless hours with Teri, a recovering addict, cancer-figh…

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The Marathon According to Plan

MYTH: 1 out of every 6 marathons goes according to plan.  FACT: 1 out of every 7 marathons goes according to plan.  This shocking …

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Taper or Existential Crisis?

In kindergarten, I memorized a poem by Shel Silverstein called “Sick.” I think I must have known, subconsciously, that its message…

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Hurt Work

I get it. I do. Throughout marathon training, you have to challenge your body’s different systems through a variety of workouts. Tempo r…

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The Fire Pole

Every year, my sister and I, along with our friend Martin, would go to the St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton. The event plops itself smack dab in …

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You Say Reckless, I Say Dedicated

There is something about distance running that transforms otherwise sensible people into irrational recreational enthusiasts. A gentler person…

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The Problem with Numbers

I’m not a big numbers person. I’ve often said that were I an architect or an engineer, bridges would fall and buildings would crum…

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The Power of Distraction

Don’t you get bored? What do you think about the whole time? What do you do in the winter? How do you find the time? How much do your sh…

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Never Gonna Let You Quit

“Do you have any pictures on your wall?” he asked over the phone.  “Uh… one?” I replied.  “Any…

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