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Notes From Rachel: Relative Speed

I’ve been running consistently for over ten years. In that decade, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be fast. Let’s take my high school next door neighbor, for example. She was the fastest girl I knew. I watched enviously as she took off at every cross country prac…

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Race Faster - Kick the Sugar Fix!

Do you struggle getting through an afternoon energy crash without a caffeine hit? Do you get sick a lot and miss work or runs because of it? Do you bonk during runs more often than you’d like? Or maybe not during a training run, but during the frantic, shaky-hands search for quick ca…

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Our Holidays Picks and Gift Guide!

Our staff weigh in: 2016's BEST gifts and stocking stuffers for runners! For seven years straight during my childhood in Houston, I went to bed on Christmas Eve begging Santa for snow. Every single Christmas morning I got "Santa's footprints" on the carpet (hint: baby powder) and nothing on…

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Notes from Rachel: What Unpreparedness Teaches Us All

Historically, I am not a good person to ask when it comes to being “race ready.” I ran my first marathon in Galveston, Texas in 2011. Prior to this marathon, the longest distance I had ran was 19 miles in Seattle in the middle of January. I didn’t take water or food with m…

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Tales of Starbucks & 7-Eleven and The Most Forgotten & Confusing Training Principal: Pre-Run Nutrition

We’ve all been there…the run starts great. The endorphins are kicking in; you settle into your pace; you’re looking forward to the next few (or many) miles. You’re training for a race, maybe you’re just enjoying a long run, or possibly you’ve just entered …

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Notes from Rachel: On Fresh Cut Grass and Hill Repeats

I’ve really been on a trail bender lately. Still am (see: Krissy Moehl comes to town TOMORROW). But all the fresh-cut grass in my neighborhood makes my stomach turn. It’s almost cross country season. I ran cross country in New Albany, Ohio, grades 9-12 with a tenth grade sabbat…

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Notes from Rachel: On Why Trail Running is the Worst...And the Best

I come from a family of road runners. I would venture to guess that most people who come from running families do. My mom prefers crushed gravel. My dad is a sidewalk guy. My brother, a lifelong soccer player, subjects me to the torture of field sprints. Running on asphalt or concrete is re…

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Notes from Rachel: On Why You Should Put Your Phone Down

The last time I traveled without GPS was in South Africa, in 2007. Those were the good old days, weren’t they? WiFi didn’t exist: internet cafes. Global cell phone plans cost more than rent: I fed my burner flip phone with a few dollars every week. Midway through my year there, …

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Practice Makes Perfect: Tree Pose

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: TREE POSEby Isabel Allen, Yoga Instructor Stand up Right now Just for 30 seconds Stand on both feet Close your eyes and pay attention to soles of your feet Okay. Welcome back. Kinda crazy right? The constant shifting of weight from toes to heels, from lef…

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