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B.A. Blackwood is the author of the Siren Song trilogy, a trial lawyer, a marathon runner, and indentured servant to her two couch potato pugs, Waldo and Jonesy.

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The Twelfth Man Triumphs at the Boston Marathon Bombing

I was smiling when the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. I’d flown in from Texas less prepared than I should have been for a 26.2 mile race, figuring I’d spend the last ten miles in total agony.  If it had been any other marathon, I’d have stayed home, but this is Boston. It’s like being the lunchroom nerd who finally gets asked to sit at the cool kids’ table. I’d crawl to the finish line if I had to. I’m not a fast marathoner.  I’m speedy enough to qualify for Boston, but that’s only ... Read More

Going for the Gold – Guest Post by Brittany Johnston of

I was never a very active person, nor did I have the desire to become fit. And still after two years of at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, it’s still a challenge for me to say to myself ‘I am in shape’. But truth be told, I AM in shape. I AM fit. I AM active. And I love it. For years I struggled with keeping up with my classmates in gym class. Slightly embarrassed, I did try my best but even my best wasn’t as good as the other students’ worst. Seemingly scarred from middle ... Read More

Lance Armstrong From 26.2 Miles Away: Why He Hasn’t Changed One Bit

If you’re a marathon runner, you know the self-examination, the total lack of pretense the sport forces upon you. The miracle and challenge of an endurance sport is that the effort strips you naked of any guise or personality crutch. Through some alchemy of sweat, mileage and exhaustion, your true self is propelled to the forefront. As a nineteen-time marathoner, I can tell you exactly when it happens – five minutes on the other side of your body’s glycogen store, which is usually just past ... Read More