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You Don’t Race The Bugs On Your Run, But The Bugs Race You

Photo: Zach Hetrick
Photo: Zach Hetrick



I’m not sure if the bugs are watching

me dart through the trees


and I never worry

what a bug or a bee thinks of me


while I try

what I try in the woods—


mostly to up climb things

faster than I did yesterday—


the bugs are trying too


eyes instead

on their trophy


what is a personal best for a slug


so when I toe the start line

I go with the confidence


I carry in the woods

the stands I imagine


at times

full of bugs.

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Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas is an avid tweeter and her thoughts can be found @alexipappas. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College before running off to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. Alexi then joined the Ducks as a University of Oregon fifth-year student, helping lead the team to two NCAA championships in 2012 and 2013. She currently runs professionally for the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite with her eyes on 2016. She is also proudly fueled by: EnduroPacks, Wild Friends Nut Butters, BeetBoost, Long's Meat Market, Newman's Fish Company, Great Harvest Bread (Eugene), Cafe Mam Coffee, Runa, and the OG Corner Market. Alexi is also a writer, filmmaker, and actress. She co-wrote the script for the award-winning feature film Tall as the Baobab Tree, and is currently in post-production on her second film, Tracktown. Alexi also writes a monthly column for TrackTown USA about her training and life as a professional runner. She is also sponsored by The Mammoth Lakes Crib.