Articles by Jarod Contreras

Mired in the Dirt?

When I am preparing for something I am either committed, reasoning away my plans or stressing about the most minuscule thing. In other words I am either focusing on the entire landscape, filling my head with air or getti...

Looking Down from the Mountain

Arrogance is an odd creature, is it not? Arrogance seems to be the sickness that insidiously creeps in when everything is going well, yet disappears when everything is going horribly. While most negative attributes of ou...

From Fear

The wind-lashed trees I glimpsed through the window told me that it would be a cold morning. I snuggled deeper into the warmth of the covers and closed my eyes. Soon enough, however, I heard the little beep-beep-beep tha...

Running Far, Living Out Youth

Do not stress about what is ahead and learn from what is behind. That is one of the most poignant lessons that I have learned in the hours that I have spent on the trail. This lesson can be applied to racing, training, s...

Running Young

Long hours with sweat in my eyes, salt on my lips and the pain of the run have taught me a lot. As a high schooler in a town where “running” means a few laps or a track meet every now and then, I have found that it's...