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.

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…

New Hampshire 10 Miler

There's always something in a race. Blisters. Wind. Digestive issues. Chaffing. Someone sitting on you. Your shoe coming untied. Taking a wrong turn. Two weeks ago at the Bobby Doyle 5 Miler it was the sweltering heat and high humidity. Today at the New Hampshire 10 Miler, it was the hills. The featured image for this post is a graph displaying the elevation profile as a function of distance and my inner thoughts at each mile marker, as told by emojis. I would not be the least bit surprised if every single one of the above pictured facial expressions can legitimately be seen on…

Race Recap: Bobby Doyle 5 Miler

Considering that I've been running now for over 8 years, you'd think I'd have developed the ability to judge where my fitness is at at any given point of a season, but this past Sunday proved otherwise. The Bobby Doyle 5 Miler, held in Narragansett, Rhode Island, was a first for me in a number of ways. It was my first time racing as a member of my new team, The Heartbreakers. It was my first time representing my new apparel sponsor, rabbit. And, to cap things off, it was not only my first race of the season, but my first…

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…

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…

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…