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Teal Burrell
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Science writer. Neuroscience nerd. Avid marathoner. Enthusiastic baker.
Science writer. Neuroscience nerd. Avid marathoner. Enthusiastic baker.

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Race Report: 2018 Richmond Half Marathon
At the beginning of the season I write down my goals. They are always full of dreamy ambition  based on the hope of training and life going absolutely flawlessly. Then training begins…. and reality sets in. Workouts don’t go perfectly. Early season races ar...
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Race Report: Army Ten Miler 2018
After the Navy Half , things seemed to turn around. The weather improved, workouts went better , the September slump was ending! Maybe I could pull off the same comeback as 2014, when a bad September race  was forgotten by a big PR at the Army Ten Miler and...
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September Slump
The summer of speed  ended with a thud. My goal 5K was grossly humid (a constant torment, see below) and I went out at the pace my track workouts told me was possible, hoping to finally master the bravery and suffering required of a fast 5K. Instead, I fell...
September Slump
September Slump
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Race Reports: Cul-de-sac 5K #3 and a Track Mile
The summer of speed continues with the last race of the Cul-de-sac 5K series and my first track race in 15 years. Cul-de-sac 5K #3 After coming in fourth and second in the first two races, I really wanted to win one. And in the back of my mind, where the cr...
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Race Reports: Cul-de-sac 5K 1 and 2
The summer of speed  has kicked off with two 5K races, which I’m using as practice before aiming for a big PR at the end of the month. Cul-de-sac 5K #1 These races happen on July evenings in Virginia, so you know what you’re getting into when you sign up: i...
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Summer of Speed
Summertime means sports bra tan lines, sunlit morning and evening runs, an unimaginable amount of sweat… and another attempt  to improve at the 5K. My 5K PR  just does not stack up to my marathon time. Although I still think running calculators are not alwa...
Summer of Speed
Summer of Speed
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No Buildup's Perfect
“Erase from your mind that your preparation must be perfect. Hard work plus dedication equals a shot at your dreams.” – Kara Goucher A day after my failed attempt at 16 miles at sub-2:45 pace, Brother asked why I was wallowing over the workout. He laughed, ...
No Buildup's Perfect
No Buildup's Perfect
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One Year of Nursing
Almost exactly a year ago , I was returning to running after having a baby. My body felt stiff and foreign, but more than anything else, my boobs hurt. Last week, I found myself in a similar spot: my body stiff from a marathon  and time off, with my boobs c...
One Year of Nursing
One Year of Nursing
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Race Report: Pittsburgh Marathon
In the final days and weeks before the Pittsburgh Marathon, the familiar doubts returned. Was I really ready to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier?? The big three worries were: 1. The hills. I obviously knew about Pittsburgh’s hills all along and trained for t...
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Taper Time To-Dos
With fewer miles and shorter workouts, what are you going to do with all that extra time during the taper? A few suggestions: 1. Rest This is obviously the number one thing you’re supposed to be doing. Run less, rest more. (Or maybe you have a toddler that ...
Taper Time To-Dos
Taper Time To-Dos
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