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May 20, 2014 in Athleta Chi Blog

The Monkey Mind

I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to be thinking about how much I hate my good friend Val right now. I hate her for being able to fold at the…

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December 16, 2013 in Athleta Chi Blog

Girls on the Run 5K in Chicago

  When you get an email from one of your oldest friends asking you to join her and the nine-year-old who calls you Auntie Rachel to come to Chicago for…

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September 25, 2013 in Athleta Chi Blog, Other Writing, Selected Essays

First Steps

[First published in The Outdoor Journal] Let’s begin by admitting that when you start, it’s bloody awful. After you lace up your new running shoes for the first time, step…

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July 13, 2013 in Athleta Chi Blog

What Becomes A Legend Most?

It’s easy to spot Nikki Kimball in a crowd, even in a crowd of super-fit runners. Her auburn hair is unruly, her pale skin wallpapered in freckles. She’s boisterous, laughs…

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