Bob Schwartz is an internationally known humorist - who also happens to be a runner (lucky for us). With a unique perspective on just about everything, Bob tells us what we should do (or more likely shouldn't) on the path toward marathon success.
Bob's New book: I Run, Therefore I Am - NUTS! contains these short stories and many more....
On the Plains of Greece
The story of the Greek warrior Pheidippides' run from Marathon to Athens was the inspiration for the first marathon race at the Olympics in 1896. Here Bob Schwartz adds humor to the myth and legend as he traces the highpoints of the marathon from that fateful run in 490 BC to the modern day.
Trick or Feet
Where can a runner wander around holding out his/her hand collecting running treats to fill his/her bag? Of course: the marathon expo! Here Bob examines that unique pre-race event where we all collect more free (and sometimes not so free) goodies than we ever know what to do with.
Tegla Take Two
On March 27, 2000Tegla Loroupe announced that beside the Olympic Women's Marathon (9/24/2000) she would also like to run in the Women's 10,000 meter competition (Round 1: 9/27 & Finals: 9/30) in Sydney. In typical fashion, Bob Schwartz analyzes what this could mean.
Rules To Run By
A nostalgic look back at the early days of running - when no one quite knew what they were doing. Veteran marathoners will recognize all of these "rules to run by" - new marathoners best stay away!
Call Me Gumby
We know we should stretch - but who really does what they should? And what happens when you're confronted with the truth?
Introduction to Ingurgitation
Lessons and reflections on the trials and tribulations of trying to drink "on the run." It may just be harder than you think.
Some consider running itself madness. But as Bob points out in this essay, the true madness starts on the morning of the marathon and grows through the race.
Neophyte Runner, Hear My Words
To the novice runner, no one is closer to God than their running coach - the fount of all wisdom. Complete with the 10 Commandments of Running.
The Idle Truth
Does being a runner excuse one from ever having to expend any other physical effort? Can a one-hour run make up for the other twenty-three hours of the day? I don't know. Maybe Bob does...