Category Awareness & Emotions

No Willpower Needed: From Rituals to Lifestyle Change

Discipline is like patriotism—in theory, we may all be for it, but each of us can have vastly different interpretations of what it actually is. Is patriotism guarding the flag to reflect the beauty of our freedom, or burning it in protest to reflect the very same thing? Likewise, to some, discipline is a value—the […]

How (and Why) To Enjoy Every Toothache

How is your toothache feeling today? If you actually have a toothache (or headache or some other physical discomfort), I hope it’s feeling better. If you don’t have one, I hope it feels worse for just a second. I’m not being sadistic, really. If you are like me, you did not wake up this morning […]

Your Pulse Is Not Your Heart: Permission to Be Human

For some reason, I find it difficult to find my own pulse. Which tends to remind me of a limitation we often have: We are not always in the best position to see our own humanity. It’s why a considerable field of study called psychology rose up to illuminate aspects of ourselves that others can […]

‘Lion’ Named Running Movie of the Year

Lion, the Academy Award-nominated film based on the true story of a child’s accidental separation from his family in India, has been selected Running Movie of the Year by TakingMulligans, a website that explores the emotional side of running. The movie depicts the young Saroo’s natural reliance on running, not as a sport, but as […]

Mulligan Moments of 2016: Olympic Edition

The Rio Olympics, the biggest stage in sports, is also the first scene of this year’s top Mulligan Moments of 2016. These are athletes who made their mulligan count when no one was watching– in the immense work and drive it took for them to earn their way to Rio. The Olympic Refugee Team Composed […]

Submit Your Nomination for Mulligan Moments of 2016

Within the next few weeks, Taking Mulligans will be accepting nominations for  Mulligan Moments of the Year.  When you make a nomination, you become eligible for one of the grand prizes of priceless value:  a lousy poem from me written personally for you. Running’s Mulligan Moments of the Year recognize the achievements (large and small), […]

A Running Wish From Alaska

Run is a word that runners take for granted. It’s ours. We own it. We remind everyone around us incessantly with our mileage counts, tights and bulky watches that we are the chosen ones, the runners. On my first trip to Alaska, I found that we are not alone.  Other things run.   My plane […]

The End of the Beginning

Here are some lasting images and observations from Days 3 and 4 of the first big-time track meet I’ve ever attended, the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR last weekend. Practically every event had me on the brink of choking up with emotion, seeing the athletes put so much at stake for one singular chance […]

Spelling Fun with Raritan Valley Road Runners

On a day where snow is going to prevent many of us from running, I am left to think back about some of the most memorable runs of 2015. And while here’s no place I love running more than in New York’s Central Park, I think my favorite NYC run this year was when I […]

Something From My Dad

My dad didn’t make it to Veteran’s Day this year.  As you’ll see from the context of my eulogy below, he passed away last week.  But Louis N. Cinquino left us all with something.  Something I explain in my remarks below. If you look closely in the picture of his Army Company N (or any […]