The Stop Sign

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The short version: I am extremely sorry to say that I have to withdraw from the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon.   The long version: When your body starts slowing down, it’s a sign that it needs to stop. Moments after

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Firm Kindness

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It’s been an eventful few days for me. On Thursday, Abigail Lorge published a very kind and flattering article about me, which perfectly expressed how I’m feeling regarding the upcoming season and Boston Marathon preparation. It even got tweeted out

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Day by Day

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I used to be such a planner. In addition to normal long-term plans, at times I’d plan out my entire week in advance – every run, every meal, every assignment, every scheduled activity, every commitment. It sounds crazy, but made a

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What does it mean to be a “runner”?

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This is a question that I was asked at a house warming party last weekend. What qualifies someone as being a “runner”? My answer was something like – a person who runs more than three times per week for more

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Why I Run With <3

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It was October 6th, 2013, and I was 1 mile into the Twin Cities Marathon when I turned to Michelle Lilienthal next to me and said “let’s do this.” Michelle and I chatted along the course, keeping each other in

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Stealth Expectations

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No matter how much I prepare myself for the morning after, there’s always a moment of regret when I wake up. It has happened after every marathon I’ve ever raced – no matter how well or how poorly it went.

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The People of Running – Moments from the Trials

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On my flight to LA, I finally cracked open the copy of Runner’s World that Cole picked up because it featured our best man, Jesse Cherry’s adorable face on its cover. While I was paging through the magazine, it hit

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Full Hearts – And Their Taper Tantrums

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It’s a good thing my husband, Cole, went back to North Carolina for these last 2 weeks before the Trials because this is the worst time to be around me. When you’re used to running a lot and then all

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Staying American

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If all had gone to plan, 2016 would have marked the year I’d first represent Austria in the Olympic Marathon. No, it never even got to the stage of writing contracts or contacting immigration, but discussions with a higher up

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The “Worthy”

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The quantitative nature of running is what drew me to the sport in the first place. I stepped on the track for my first race and the moment it was over, I knew who was the best. There was nothing grey

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