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My writing career with The Washington Post started because of a stray comment about God, Gregorian chants and tempo workouts.

I had taken up running, as part of a lot of major life changes.  In trying to find the right rhythm in my life, I was listening to Gregorian chants during my workouts. Part meditation, part tempo, the chanting helped me focus and get centered.

Lenny Bernstein, a friend and colleague, was launching “For Your Health” and was looking for content. Lenny was intrigued, I wrote 800 words and he published it.

From there, I took over Lenny’s spot with the MisFits, a column in Local Living (the greatest section in The Washington Post) about fitness trends within the D.C. area. The group reconvened in 2015 and by the time we finished in 2018, I had written about running, squash, lifting, long distance speedskating, sports psychology and augmented reality.

Plus, I got in a travel feature about marathon vacations, a story on St. Luke’s University Hospital Network’s mission to encourage fitness in the Lehigh Valley and some thoughts on asking my future father-in-law for his blessing before proposing to my now-wife.

I worked as a designer for the Post for almost seven years on the dot: June 2010-July 2017 and enjoyed my time at one of the world’s best newspapers. I still contribute to the Post’s coverage as a freelancer.

 

Stories (Listed from newest to oldest)

Tiny homes multiply amid big issues as communities grapple with homelessness (October 2018)

For digital nomads, work is where the laptop is (July 2018)

The ebike trade-off seems to be less strenuous exercise but more enjoyment. And fewer showers. (May 2018)

Looking to work out the mind and body? Squash may be the answer. (May 2017)

The weird intersection of alcohol and fitness could be big business for both sides (March 2017)

A machine that used to be considered punished is now a $1.4 billion fitness industry (January 2017)

2 ways to make the most of your workout, no apps or trackers required (Nov 2016)

Starting to run in your 40s and 50s has its advantages. Ask these middle-age marathoners. (Sept 2016)

Burnout can happen to any athlete. Here’s how two of the world’s best got over it. (Aug 2016)

New running apps blur the lines between virtual reality and real life (July 2016)

How this ‘Zelda’-playing, ‘Harry Potter’-loving nerd built a loyal fitness community (June 2016)

How a hospital used a historic trail to help its community (June 2016)

Do grooms still ask their in-law’s for their blessing? Here’s why I did. (Feb 2016)

Millennials have adapted running as a lifestyle. Now race organizers must adapt. (Feb 2016)

How to turn a fitness goal into a lifetime of good health (fluctuating weight included) (Jan 2016).

parkrun: Where your fellow runners cheer you on but still try to beat you (Dec 2015)

These wearables offer a peek into the body in motion, in real time (Nov 2015).

You can be a high-level athlete whether you’re 20 or 70. These competitors are proof. (Nov 2015).

Meb still runs to win at age 40. (Oct 2015).

From non-swimmer to triathlete in one year. (Sept 2015).

‘You’re doing it wrong!’ and other ways PBS is catering to fitness-loving millennials. (July 2015)

The super-long distance runners keeps his eye on the mental guideposts, too. (June 2015)

Endurance running in the woods is a great (but dirty) experience (May 2015)

What happens when two guys ditch their fears and try yoga (April 2015).

Around the World in 26.2: The rising trend of racing on every continent (March 2015)

Marathon race lotteries: Are the odds going to be in your favor this season? (March 2015)

You’re thinking about fitness all wrong (Jan 2015)

Don’t let asthma keep you from exercising (Dec 2014)

Post-marathon: For runners, the recovery is mental, too (Nov 2014)

How I learned to love running (Nov 2014)

Top skaters do 26.2 miles in 90 minutes, say it’s easier on the knees (Sept 2014)

What is 200 miles long and has 36 legs? Relay races! (July 2014)