Joe Henderson has done a ton of writing on running over the years, including a long stint as editor of Runner’s World and a column for Marathon & Beyond. He’s a famous proponent of “long slow distance” (LSD) running, something I picked up on when I started running, first as an excuse to lounge through my long runs, then as an essential part of my continuing survival as a distance runner.
I recently found this article by a 17-year old Joe, which I figured had to be his first:
Joe’s retired, but he still posts articles from his archives weekly on his web site. I emailed Joe, and he wrote back to confirm that, “The LDL note was my first appearance nationally. However, I began reporting high school sports for a local newspaper (in Iowa) in fall 1960.”
If you want to read more, Joe’s re-published many of his works in paper and as $2.99 ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and as PDFs. I just bought a copy of Starting Lines, volume one of his memoirs, which covers how he got started as a writer and runner.
(LDL, Feb. 1961)