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.

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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Growing Through the Cracks

The morning that my pelvis first started hurting, I accidentally dropped my phone on the tile floor. I was rushing to get out the door and wasn't being careful and it just slipped. I had dropped it many times before, from higher up and onto hard surfaces, and it had always been fine after, so when I picked it up and turned it over, my heart sank. It was broken. It wasn't a bad break, just one single, relatively small crack in the bottom right corner. The protective cover held the pieces together. It still worked fine. In the right light and at…
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“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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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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