Guest Columnist

The untrained marathon, in one runner’s experience

I’m here to tell you what the mainstream running media doesn’t want you to hear, like a cool older sibling, buying alcohol for your high school party — equally ill advised, but less illegal: of course you can run a marathon without training, the question is really should you do it?

The Puritans’ malignant legacy

On Oct. 13, 1675, the fifth month of a war between a coalition of Native American tribes and New England’s English settlers, the Massachusetts Council ordered the roundup and incarceration on Deer Island in Boston Harbor of 500 Native people who had been converted to Christianity decades before and who lived in the five so-called Praying Towns of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Half of those taken prisoner are thought to have died of exposure or disease, while others were kidnapped and sold into slavery.