Freak accidents have massacred my lineage. My family dies suddenly. Brutally. Swarming with shock. A fishing boat my grandparents chartered capsized off the coast of Florida. No survivors. My uncle was the unfortunate passenger of a drunk cabbie. Driver survived. Another uncle tripped on his boat, hit his head, and fell into the water. Inebriation lead … Continue reading The Kieffer Curse
Too many successive days have passed without bearing my soul to a well-dressed woman, politely nodding and smiling, attempting not to bare judgement. Vacation was a blast. A comical and continuously wild adventure. Off the coast of mainland Croatia the coffee comes with a side of free mountain bike. I spent hours pedaling the winding trails … Continue reading 24 days. 5 countries. GO!
I bought a one way ticket to Europe with the intention of returning after a series of overseas races. After a long winter trying to tap into my speed again, I sprung with the cherry blossoms. Things were clicking. A fast 5K in Portland was on my mind. But I strained my hamstring a few weeks … Continue reading Where In The World is AK?
Race day excitement lives in memories. I wasted a lot of energy releasing pre-race expectations - my own as well as others. Each time the 5K was mentioned I retorted how quick it went last year. I ran away from the cameras. Confidence didn't get an invite to this party, instead doubt took its place … Continue reading Red Hook Crit 5K
2 years ago I threw all of my possessions in a uhaul and moved back home, to flee. Twice I watched the sun rise over the dashboard as I drove straight from Boulder to Long Island. Weakened by defeat, afraid my dreams were unattainable, and craving change; home represented everything I wanted for my future … Continue reading A Work in Progress
Our strengths are often our weaknesses. They tilt us too far in one direction; they make us unbalanced. Like a genius who can't converse with a layman. One of the men I coach invited me to Hong Kong to help him prepare for the Tokyo marathon. Despite friends hesitations and queries of traveling to a foreign country, living with a man I've only met … Continue reading The Diary Of An Opportunist
December was a drag. As frequent as the latest engagement post on Facebook, I found myself scowering the over-priced prepared meals at West Side Market. Staring, quite unpleasantly, at the same banal dinners as the night before. The microwave became the new stove of Allieland. The prospect of companionship without inebriation vanished. Home for the holidays was a parody to the past - old friends living … Continue reading Running Forward
Ladies & Gents, I ran a race Sunday. And I finished side by side with my training partner. And it was oh so lovely! Pre-race: Worked late Saturday night, so I ended up sleeping over. All 3 kids are going through an afraid of the dark stage, but after an hour and a half of … Continue reading Race To Deliver 4 Mile
This evening, in the NYAC club house, Meb Keflezighi lit up the room with his story. An inspiring clip of his Boston Marathon victory projected as he chronicled the suffering he overcame to cross the finish line first; to be the only American to win a Boston Marathon in my lifetime. In life we don't enjoy discomfort; as an athlete we … Continue reading Transcendence
After each layoff I calculate a contrived post injury plan that'll lead me back to Dreamland Drive. Without fail it always fails. Like trekking 3/4 of the way up a mountain only to miss the breathtaking view at the top; I consistently am sidelined for the pinnacle race.Whelp, my plans have failed once again; I … Continue reading Successful Failure