Passionately pounding pavement / Pondering passionless politics

Coach Bennet, in a white singlet, blue shorts and running shoes, still holding red whistle and perspiring seductively
Illustrated by the author

Today: Emily Flake, cartoonist, writer, performer, illustrator, and proprietress of St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency for Ladies in Williamsport, PA.; and Brian Hioe, Taipei-based editor, translator, activist, DJ, and co-founder of New Bloom.

Issue No. 30

Thirst Trap Run
Emily Flake

Post-Election Post-Revolutionary Blues
Brian Hioe

Thirst Trap Run

by Emily Flake

Hi. I’m Coach Bennett, the Nike Run Club Global Head Coach. I’m here, in your earbuds, to guide you through your first run on the Nike app. And I want to congratulate you on meeting me here, at the starting line. You’ve started, right? You’re running? Good. Keep running. That’s right—run for me. 

Today, we’re going to be running for 25 minutes. That’s all! And that’s a great amount of time, because it gives us time to really ease into it gently, take some time to get to know each other before we build to a peak, and then a long, luxurious afterglow.

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