How to Undertrain for (and Survive) Your First Marathon

This piece originally was published by Outside Magazine on March 28. (Illustration by Bill Butcher.) By Jay Bouchard  What if, as your first marathon draws near, you realize that your training hasn’t quite mirrored the intensive schedule you committed to 16 weeks prior? What if the work ethic you foresaw when you signed up for the raceContinue reading “How to Undertrain for (and Survive) Your First Marathon”

Why do Mountain Bikers Keep Running into Bears on the Trail?

This piece was originally published by Outside Magazine on March 30, 2017.  By Jay Bouchard  Brad Treat was cruising through a densely wooded trail in northwest Montana last summer when he rounded a corner and slammed into a 20-year-old grizzly bear. Traveling nearly 25 miles per hour, Treat and his bicycle were hurled airborne uponContinue reading “Why do Mountain Bikers Keep Running into Bears on the Trail?”

The Chicago Cubs and the mystery of faith

My essay, “The Chicago Cubs and the mystery of faith,” was published online at U.S. Catholic Magazine  May 16, 2016.  The essay will appear in the print magazine in autumn 2016. Access the essay at U.S. Catholic via this link, or read the essay below: By Jay Bouchard I often joke that I came outContinue reading “The Chicago Cubs and the mystery of faith”