Almost twelve years ago I was biking to work on Market Street when a truck carrying cement ran me over. It crossed my chest, broke my ribs, which punctured my lungs. But my bad luck arrives wrapped in good luck. The frame of my bike protected me in a weird way. The truck didn’t cross my pelvis. I was wearing a helmet and didn’t crack my head. A kind man with a goatee held my hand in the middle of the intersection while I waited for the ambulance to arrive. I should have died but I didn’t.

In 2018 I ran 700 miles and completed 24 races. I’m a middling good runner and like to run 5Ks and 10Ks. I placed 3rd in my age group, several times, which is pretty remarkable all things considered. The largest lasting issues with having been run over by a truck are chronic anxiety and muscle spasm pain, and running helps me manage these. As I run I think about art, about moving thru space, about the city around me, and that I am lucky to be alive. The accident gave me a lot of perspective on life and what I’d like to do with mine.

For a year I plan to run four times a week, and race two times per month (I recommend trying Let’s Do This for races) . While I run, I’ll use a run mapping app. The running app will record my route. After my run, I stitch over the traced line of my map. Each stitched run will be color coded so as to identify the route clearly and it is stitched using running stitch, thus the series title Running Stitches.

Each run from a given month is layered on a canvas, creating a map specific to my engagement with SF. There is a color key to link the route to the date, machine sewn racing bibs attached to the back, and sponsorship logos embroidered along the base. The work may appear somewhat abstract, a series of colorful squiggly lines on a white background with stitched dates and attached running bibs, but depending on my routes, it may appear more clearly a map of San Francisco.

During all of this I approach sponsors and donors looking for support. I already have 7 sponsors: Oiselle, SPI Belt, Bare Republic Sunscreen, Carson FootwearDestination Racing, Sasquatch Racing and Run Club SF And several generous individual sponsors.

This series is an extremely revealing and intimate journal of my life over a year long period of time. It documents where I have been, what areas I frequent, where I live, where my kids go to school, where my studio space is, what races I’ve entered, how I’ve placed, and each workout I complete. As my sponsorship list grows it may even document what I’ve had to drink and eat, what gear I use, what shoe brands I prefer, how I’m valued as an athlete and artist, and who my supporters are.

Please join me for a run.