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  • 17 thoughts on running, startups, and life while running 2017 miles in 2017

    Once you do something that much, people usually like to say “X is your life”. That’s partially true— it takes up a lot of your life, but more importantly, you start to see lots of analogies for life in it. Running has given me both more meaning in life as well as more time to reflect upon it. Here are 17 ruminations from those runs.
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  • Lost Diamonds

    Just as Carlos in Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast had Eric Eisner championing his cause, I was fortunate enough to have a fifth grade teacher who believed in me. She pushed open doors for me even after one was seemingly slammed shut when my parents and I failed to turn in a financial aid form on time.
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  • Des Linden: Failure is an Action, Not an Identity

    Des Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years in 2018. But what you may not know is that in 2011, she came in second in heartbreaking fashion, getting passed by Kenya's Caroline Kilel with 200 meters to go and losing by TWO seconds. We could all learn a lot from Des' attitude about the race, towards training, towards life and on overcoming failure. In her words, "Failure is an action, not an identity."
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  • 5 Things Runners Should Try for Dealing with Tight Hamstrings

    Every runner has dealt with tight hamstrings after a hard workout or after increasing weekly mileage. Here are 5 things that have worked well for me over the years.
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  • Thoughts on Jay-Z's Decoded

    Jay-Z has always been one of my favorite rappers, so reading his book Decoded was a special treat. It's one part an autobiography, but told through the meaning behind his song lyrics and the lyrics of other artists that influenced him, one part a poetry book showcasing his rap lyrics in a really aesthetically pleasing way, and one part just a master class on rap and its rich history and culture.
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  • Abbott World Marathon Majors 2018/2019 Important Dates and Qualifying Standards

    2018/2019 Important Dates and Qualifying Standards for the Abbott World Marathon Majors: How to get into the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, and Tokyo Marathons
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  • It's not about optimism or pessimism: Review of Ashlee Vance's Elon Musk Biography

    Vance's portrait of Elon Musk has forced me to dramatically consider the lens through which I view new opportunities and has really challenged me to think bigger. Of course, I question whether you can judge a priori that something will be "life-changing"-- as Steve Jobs once said, you can really only connect the dots looking backwards. Nonetheless, it has forced me to question values that I strongly believed in, such as the balance between treating people well and doing whatever is necessary for the cause.
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