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.

“Shoelaces Girl”

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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Injury, Invincibility, and The Wandering Mind

The internet is an incredible thing. It allows the average person access to an entire world of information. With just a few clicks of a button, anyone can learn everything there is to know about whatever they want. A person can spend hours reading and learning and investigating. They can become completely lost in time and thought as they wander down a million different paths, each one digging deeper and taking them further from where they began. The internet is an incredible thing...until you one day develop random pain in your groin and decide to start self-diagnosing. Then the internet is the devil. (more…)
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3 Races, 10 Miles, 21 Hours

Three times a year the Ivy League teams gather for the conference championships, aka the Heptagonal Championships or The Heps, as they are so affectionately called, and three times a year all notions of moderation and sanity are thrown completely out the window. At no other meet and no other point in the season would it be advisable or even allowable to attempt the feats that have been done at that meet - doubles, triples, quadruples, back to back and simultaneous events - but when a Heps title is on the line, you do whatever it takes to get the job done. In the…
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RunPro Camp – A Crash Course in Elite Distance Running

Last weekend, I attended a camp hosted by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) called RunPro Camp. It wasn't so much a camp as it was a conference, complete with name tags, an agenda, and a plethora of highly qualified speakers. The goal of the annually held camp is to help young distance runners transition from collegiate to professional running. Now, I know what you're all thinking: "This girl just spent 4 blog posts and 5,000 words talking about how she DID NOT want to be a professional runner. Why on Earth would she go to a camp for aspiring professional runners?!" It's a completely…
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The Road Less Traveled – Part 2

Continued From: The Road Less Traveled - Part 1 The day after flying home from NCAAs, I got on another plane and flew to the UK to take part in the Trans-Atlantic Series. The Series is an exchange program between the Cornell and Penn Track Teams and the Oxford and Cambridge University Athletics Teams. It takes place every 2 years and alternates between us going there and them coming here. It was an incredible cultural experience, and I truly am glad that I was able to take part in it, but I would be lying if I said the trip was…
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The Road Less Traveled – Part 1

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost My return to the world of competitive running was really only a matter of time. It wasn’t a question of if, but a question of when. I think I knew all along that I wasn’t done, that I couldn’t be done, but I also knew that forcing things was not the answer. I needed to let things happen in their own way, in their own time. My path thus far has not been conventional, and I…
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Table for 6

Of all the meals I eat in a day, dinner is by far my favorite one. Considering that I have way more than the standard three square (I’m talking hobbit status – second breakfast, elevenses, afternoon tea), that’s saying a lot. Dinner is the best meal of the day because dinner means cooking with John. We started our culinary adventuring together most nights of the week our senior year at Cornell, and now that we live together, it has become a nightly ritual. Cooking is a way for us to spend time together. Unlike some other couples, we do not…
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Redefining Success – Part 2

Goal #1: Develop a training plan that fits with a full-time job. Blue collar runner with a white collar job. I wasn’t the first person to do it and I knew I wouldn’t be the last. There were plenty of other people living the dual life, hiding their sports bras and spilt shorts under their button-ups and slacks. There were people with much higher mileage and much more demanding work schedules who were making it work. I knew it could be done, but it was still going to be an adjustment. At Cornell it was simple; practice was from 4:30pm…
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Yes, I Started A Blog

Usually when people start a blog, they feel obligated to justify why they started a blog. They answer questions like Who am I to voice my opinions? and Why should anyone care what I have to say?  I think that is silly. I write fairly well. I enjoy writing. I find writing to be very therapeutic. So I'm going to write. Whoever wants to read, can read. It's really quite simple. So far I've only got one legit blog post, Redefining Success - Part 1. The rest are all just things I've written over the years. I included them mostly because my homepage looked really…
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