Articles: Personal

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There’s a word for obsessive longing and rumination — ‘limerence’ — and it can ruin your productivity and relationships, CNBC, March 2024

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Is It a Crush or Have You Fallen Into Limerence? The New York Times, January 2024

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What Travel Running Means to Me: A Personal Essay, Women's Running, November 2023

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My husband and I traveled cross-country in a camper van with our toddler. We were surprised just how hard it was. Business Insider, October 2023

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Can a Race be a Transformative Spiritual Event?Women's Running, May 2023

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My best friend and I have kids 17 years apart. Turns out parental age plays only a minor role in how we parent our daughters — here's what matters most. Insider, November 2022

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I had my first baby at age 42. Yes, I'm an 'old mom,' but I'm a better parent because of it. Insider, May 2022

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Is the Next Phase of Sex Positivity Choosing Not to Have Sex? Vogue, April 2022

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I had a Valentine's date with my now-husband at a cadaver lab. It was more romantic than I expected and connected us on a deeper level. Insider, February 2022

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How the pandemic got us addicted to longing – and why it’s bad for us, The Guardian, June 2021

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Why You Might Want To Breastfeed Longer If You Get Covid, Or The Vaccine, Romper, April 2021

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Ecotourism and Adventure in French Polynesiatirring the Pot, World Nomads, 2020

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Finally, a Wedding. It Was About Time. The New York Times, June 2020

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Change of Plans: A Third Wedding Date and a Plus One, Brides, April 2020


I Waited Until I Was 41 To Lose My Virginity. But Was It Worth it? HuffPost, February 2020


Seeing-Eye Runner, Folks, May 2018


I’m 39. My grandmother is 99. And we have many of the same hopes and fears. The Washington Post, November 2017


Smoked Silver: How Schematic Patterns Affect Vocabulary, TESOL Connections, August 2017

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What I Learned About Trust From Guiding a Marathoner, Runner's World, December 2016


Friendly competition: It's not a contradiction, ESPN, July 2016

Imposter, Poser, or a Real Runner?

Imposter, Poser, or a Real Runner? The Boulder Running Journal, December 2015

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Are we entitled to sex? Aljazeera America, May 2015

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When True Love Keeps Waiting, Christianity Today, April 2015


The Feminist Virgin, Elle (Singapore), September 2014


The Feminist Virgin, Elle (Hungary), September 2014

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The Feminist Virgin, ElleUK, September 2014


A Matter of Perspective, Triathlete, May 2014

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The 'Right Guy' Is Hard to Find (and That's Why I'm Still a Virgin at 35), Glamour, January 2014


Does My Virginity Have a Shelf Life? New York Times, November 2013

More than just numbers, Amanda Mccracken

More than just numbers, Triathlete, June 2008

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