Name: Rachel Taylor
Age: 27
Twitter: @RachyT
How long have you been running: 5 years
Favorite race distance and why: The marathon. I love everything about it. I love my long runs during training. Sometimes I’ll just get lost in the moment, and the next thing I know I’ve ran 10 miles without even realizing. I love the discipline it takes to train. I love that it not only challenges you physically, but even more so mentally. I love the feeling of crossing the finish line, and already thinking about what my next race is going to be.
How many marathons have you run: 4
Where you started to where you are now:
5K: 20:17 (Texas Round Up – March 2011)      18:50 (Livestrong 5k, Austin TX – October 2011)
10k:  45:26 (capital 10k, Austin TX – March 2011)     44:15 (Twin Cities Marathon October 2011 Split)
10 Mile: 1:08:02 (Run for the Water, Austin TX – November 2011)
1/2 Marathon: 1:42:32 (Austin Half Marathon – February 2011)       1:34:01 (Twin Cities Marathon October 2011 Split)
Marathon: 3:51:58 (Madison Marathon 2008)    3:09:36 (Twin Cities Marathon October 2011)
What is your favorite running shoe: Saucony Kinvara
If you had to pick one running apparel item as your favorite what would it be: Saucony AMP Pro 2 Shorts
How did you get into running: I’ve been an athlete in some field, since I was about 7 years of age. Ranging from swimming competitively, to playing basketball for my country (England) and Great Britain in the European Youth Olympic Games. Running became my passion about 5 years ago when I realized I needed to be doing something to keep me in shape during college. I started small, 2 to 3 mile runs, and built up to more like 5 or 6 miles. I suddenly realized how much I enjoyed running, and decided that I was going to sign up for the Madison Wisconsin marathon. I finished that marathon in 3:51:58…….from that moment on I was hooked! :)
What accomplishment are you most proud of: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Favorite Quote: “Running is something that no one can do for you. You own it and can make it what you want”
Favorite Race: Has to be the Boston Marathon. The feeling I got when I qualified, the atmosphere, the course, the people. Everything about it was just amazing.


  1. Those are pretty awesome split PRs!!!!

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