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Identity Crisis

"I had all and then most of you Some and now none of you Take me back to the night we met I don't know what I'm supposed to do Haunted by the ghost of you Oh, take me back to the night we met" ~ The Night We Met,…
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Why Do I Need a Running Coach?

It's a fair question. In fact, if you are considering hiring a personal running coach and you haven't asked yourself this question, we urge you to take a moment and consider it. Understanding how a coach can assist with your training and, more importantly, what you specifically hope to achieve by…
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Embrace the Fartlek

What is a fartlek? A fartlek, or pickup workout as it's also sometimes referred to as, is a continuous training run where you alternate between slower and faster paces for given intervals of time. Although specific paces can be prescribed for the various intervals, paces used in fartlek workouts are…
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3 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,…
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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…
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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…
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@rachelandherlaces

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, 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…
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Stay The Course

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,…
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