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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Post-Marathon Recovery: lessons learned

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Disclaimer: I’m writing this blog as much for my own good as for anyone else’s. We all need reminders of how important it can be to give ourselves a break from time to time. Talking to my coach after the

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Stronger Together

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During a quick chat with Alia Gray about the NYC Marathon, her advice to me was “don’t run alone.” That’s always the hope, especially in an all-women’s start. Historically, women have been more likely than men to stick to their own

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Ripple Effect of the Post-Olympic Blues

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The last day of summer vacation has always been a trigger for me – a time of the year marked in the Southeast by a swelling symphony of cicadas that shakes the evening trees. When I hear the sound swell here in

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2:37:27 and Much More: Results of my Grandma’s Marathon Experiment

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I wrote in my blog 6 weeks ago that I would try something new and different – I would run Grandma’s marathon without truly preparing for the marathon distance in the way that I normally do. I wanted to see

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Grandma’s: The Marathon Experiment

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As some of you may have heard in my post-Trials Flotrack interview, my goal for this post-Olympic year is to run as many quality marathons as I reasonably can and test my limits. My coach, Terry and I initially thought

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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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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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Messy in the Middle

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You can’t skip day two. You can’t skip the second act. After one of the most draining (and unsuccessful) workouts I’ve done in months, I finished off my day yesterday by reading another chapter in Brené Brown‘s Rising Strong. I was

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