A Brief Manifesto

On my final PD assignment, the 2013 US Cross
 Country Nationals. Sid Hastings photo.
Writing and running have been constants in my life since I was 16. Progress in both has been agonizingly slow, but I'm helpless to resist the pull to carry on, no matter how feeble my efforts. Neither is getting any easier, but both will continue to challenge me to get better.

In each case, it's the hard that makes it great.

Besides, one must practice what one preaches.  Thus marks my triumphant return to online journalism.

For years, I wrote the Jog Blog that appeared on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's web site. What a fantastic outlet and gathering spot for runners that wanted news from the area's races, or stories about the area's top runners. Occasionally, I'd even post a musing from my own running.

Like many in the newspaper industry, the Jog Blog fell victim to downsizing in one of the web site's assorted redesigns. I was flattered when people asked about it or said they missed it but was helpless to reinstate it.

Now, I've left the paper, too, and have returned to teaching. This time, it's a class titled Sports Writing and Reporting at Washington University in St. Louis. We're beginning a discussion of the revolution in convergence media. We'll be talking about how deft today's reporters must be, supplementing their writing and reporting skills with photography, videography, twitter, tumblr, facebook, storify.

The time was perfect to get back on this horse and restart a blog about running and other endurance sports. It came as no shock that Jog Blog had been used as a name, so we'll go with something more local and simple to remember, longhaulstl.

Hello again.


  1. Thanks. This will benefit STL running. Away from P-D editors, do we get more opinion? Even better.

  2. I think will have plenty of time and space for opinion. I'll try to hit the hole, as they say in football, and waste no one's time.