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.

Handwritten Running Logs

Handwritten running logs are quickly becoming obsolete. With computer programs like Microsoft Word and Excel and online websites and platforms such as Strava and Running2Win, there are an increasing number of options available to runners of all levels. And, in this technological age where convenience and centralization are key, the handwritten log is losing out big time. Writing by hand takes more time. The information is not as readily available. The book is a physical item you have to bring with you and keep track of. But despite these drawbacks, I can honestly say I will keep a handwritten running…
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Never Settle

“Good things come to those who wait.” The following are snippets from actual email correspondence I had with the recruiting coordinator at a professional running group the summer after my senior year. Recruiter: "Hello my name is _____ and I am the recruiting coordinator at _____. We have a professional running group here called _____. We are interested in talking with you about running post collegiately." Recruiter: "...our club provides room, board, physio, domestic travel, and we have no shoe sponsor so our athletes are encouraged/allowed to secure any sponsorship they can!" *I expressed to them that, while I was absolutely flattered, it…
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Roll Recovery: A Runner’s Best Friend

In my first post recapping my experiences out at the Trials, I mentioned that one of the highlights for John and I was getting the chance to interact with the creators of a number of exciting new performance running brands. Their products, made for runners, by runners, do an excellent job of bridging the gap between what big apparel and equipment companies think their consumers want and what runners and other athletes actually need. It was a truly unique experience to hear firsthand about the journey each product went through - from the earliest stages of ideation and experimentation all…
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Bent But Not Broken

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung I'll be honest, the weekend after my disastrous race at the Stumptown Twilight meet, I was seriously regretting John and mine's decision to go watch the Olympic Trials. Obviously we still ended up going, but even as we boarded our flight out to Portland, I still wondered if we had made a mistake. Although the main purpose of the trip truly was to celebrate our impending marriage, I would be lying if I said a part of me wasn't hoping that I…
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Mr. and Mrs. Track Nerd

Beaches. Fine dining. Tours of ancient cities. Stays in exotic hotels. Luxury. Relaxation. These are things that most newlyweds encounter on their honeymoon. Sweaty runners. Bleacher seats. College dorm rooms. Throngs of people. Cafeteria food. The deafening roar of a crowd. These are the things that await John and I on our pre-wedding honeymoon: the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. And we couldn't be more excited. (more…)
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Checkered by Failure

"Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end” - Patel, Hotel Manager, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 802 days ago I ran what would have been an Olympic qualifying time of 9:43 in the steeple. 744 days ago I came in 4th in one of the deepest NCAA DI women's steeple finals ever run. 726 days ago I sprained my left ankle in the water pit and dropped out of a race for the first time in my life. I walked with a limp for 3 weeks. I didn't run…
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A New Dawn Rises

"But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer." ~ Samwise Gamgee, The Two Towers When I started this blog last spring, I promised myself that I wouldn't be one of those people who starts a blog, keeps up with it for a little while, and then drops off the face of the Earth and doesn't post for an absurd amount of time. But when I started this blog last spring, I had no idea what lay ahead.…
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Man Overboard

Where is the coastguard I keep looking each direction For a spotlight, give me something I need something for protection Maybe flotsam junk will do just fine the jetsam sunk, I'm left behind I'm treading for my life believe me (How can I keep up this breathing?)  ~ "Into the Ocean" by Blue October   (Continued from Row, Row, Row Your Boat)   There I'll be, just rowing along, relying on rubber bands and duct tape to hold it all together. The skies may grow dark, but still I row. The wind may start to howl, and rain may start to…
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

"The sky's fallin' on your head, the waves are crashin' over your little boat, the oars are about to snap." ~ Good Will Hunting I have discovered that there are many stages of dealing with an injury. As with everything in running, and in life, it is a journey - a twisting, turning, confusing journey. It started with fear those first couple days when it was hurting but I didn't know what was wrong. Next came sadness when I came to the realization that my mystery injury was probably a stress injury. After I got the MRI results and official diagnosis, there was…
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