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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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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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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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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Marshal Your Ambition

“He wanted to impart some of the truths Bruce Denton had taught him, that you don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials. When I was little my Dad would help me with my math homework. He would sit with me for hours helping me understand what I had gotten wrong and, more importantly, why I had gotten it wrong. There was…
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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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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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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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