Running Between The Lines

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Topo Athletic Road Shoes: What, When, and Why

According to a recent survey conducted by the Huffington Post, women over the age of 18 own 20 pairs of shoes on average. If they're considering only regular, non-athletic shoes, this statistic is way off base for me; I typically cycle between no more than three pairs of 'regular' shoes throughout the entire year: my flats, my flip-flops, and my boots. However, if we're throwing athletic shoes into the mix, 20 pairs sounds about right, if not a bit low.Visitors to my apartment often marvel at the number of running shoes we have piled up beside the door. Upon seeing the…
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There and Back Again: A Runner’s Tale

So far in my life, I have competed in the 3000m Steeplechase at the USATF Outdoor Championships twice. The first time was in 2013. I was coming off a huge break-out junior year at Cornell where I set a 23 second PR of 9:50 and finished 4th at the NCAA Championships. Although by the time I got to USAs I was pretty burned-out as a result of the long and rigorous collegiate season, I was still in the best steeple shape of my life, both physically and mentally. I had run under 10:00 in each of my 6 steeples that…
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@rachelandherlaces

A few weeks ago, I decided to change my Instagram handle from @runningbetweenthelines to @rachelandherlaces. Although I had grown quite fond of my former handle (as you can see, it is still the title of my blog!), I had been thinking for a while that I wanted a handle with my actual name in it so that it was easier for people to find/recognize me. As I was trying to conjure up a really catchy and creative name, I thought back to a conversation I had with a gentleman I met at the Gate River Run a month ago. This man,…
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Stay The Course: Part I

One of my family's all time favorite movies is The Patriot, a historical fiction war film set during the American Revolutionary War. During any given family gathering, it's not uncommon to hear one or more quotes from the movie tossed out: "A dog is a fine meal", "If I die, I will die well dressed", "Very well, it's nice horse blanket", "Damn him! Damn that man!". Our favorite quote, though, is more than simply a one-liner meant to get a good laugh. This quote, though only a brief three word phrase, has become something of a mantra for us, one that…
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Interview: Alicia Marie Eno Juyl, Boston Qualifier in all 50 States (+DC!)

Name: Alicia Marie Eno Juhl Age: 39 Hometown: Munger, Michigan College: Western MI University and Eastern Michigan University Residence: Shrewsbury, MA Distances: all from 5k to Ultra ( 50 miles longest race to date) Notable Accomplishments: Winner of 2016 Red Rock Canyon Marathon Winner of 2016 Hoover Dam Marathon Winner of 2016 Sweltering Summer Ultra Winner of 2016 New York Syracuse Marathon Third Women in US to complete a BQ marathon in every state and DC 17th Women to complete the Sub 4 hour marathon club in December 2015 (A sub four hr. marathon in every state) 8th in USATF-NE All Terrain…
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Three tips to successfully training in the winter

With winter now officially in full swing, the ability for many runners to get in quality training is seriously under threat. Dangerous, unpredictable weather conditions may plague your town for days at a time, leaving you at a loss for exactly how you are going to get in a run, let alone a workout. During such times of great uncertainty and possible frustration, try utilizing one of these three tricks to ensure you keep on your training program and also remain healthy and happy at the same time! 1. Draw strength from others The group workout or training run is always…
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Running Debates: Miles or Minutes?

[full_width] Miles or minutes? Minutes or miles? It's an age-old topic of debate among runners and coaches alike, one that seems to have only grown more fervent as new technologies have developed. In the past, when *all* watches did was tell time, running for minutes was clearly the easiest choice. With GPS watches now tracking our movement down to the hundredth of a mile, the ability (and possible temptation) to run for distance has become much more of a reality. The emergence of routing tools like MapMyRun and Strava's 'segments' have certainly blurred these lines a bit, but there are still…
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New Year’s Resolutions: 2017

Cliché or not, a new year is beginning, and that means it's time for resolutions. After looking back on 2016 and analyzing my training (the good, the bad, and the ugly!), I have come up with my four running-related New Year's resolutions for 2017: Make time for recovery Live and eat more healthily Get more sleep Don't fight the taper! (more…)
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ShinTekk: Small Device, Big Impact

Throughout most of high school and college, I was invincible. The only real injuries I ever sustained were two minor overuse injuries - bursitis in my hip my senior year of high school and tendinitis in my left knee my senior year of college. Both injuries kept me out for roughly a month, and both were remedied the same way: I finally decided I was tired of waiting for them to get better, so I simply started running again. At first I ran through the pain, but eventually the discomfort subsided. Once that happened, and I was able to run…
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