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In 2015, I crossed the finish of the Chicago Marathon in seventh place, with a time of 2:27:47. I had just set a new American masters record for women 40 or older. My husband, Andrew, was standing just over the line with our daughter, Piper, then 4 years old. I embraced them both, thinking about the power of a single positive choice—how it is the first step in the story we want to create; how every decision that follows builds and expands and accumulates. Yet it all comes back to the microdecisions we make in any given moment, when we can go in one direction or the other.

My professional running career has been punctuated by some very special moments like that one in Chicago. I

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