Well what an incredible year it has been for me and running. I’ve made lots of new friends and memories, completed a couple of ultras and the true cherry on top…a 26.2 PR! After a few years of dealing with a running plateau, and just feeling kind of BLAH about racing and marathon training…I feel like a year like this has just been long overdue. I am so thankful for strong legs to carry me through. Let’s recap it a bit!
Best race experience? Without a doubt the BMW Dallas Marathon not long ago. I really surprised myself with a 3:47 finish time…slashing over 7 minutes off of my previous personal record. This race really restored my faith in the marathon distance and made me believe in myself and my abilities again. It’s so great when the stars just align like that!
Best run? Fossil Valley trail run/relay back in July. What an awesome bonding experience this was with my Irving Running Club mates. Running overnight for 9 hours was really something totally out of my comfort zone and I got to do this with some pretty badass people.
Best new piece of running swag? I’m not sure that this exactly counts as SWAG per se but I will always and forever cherish winning 2nd place female at my first ever 50 mile race in May. Can I say that I actually enjoyed running and being in my own head for 10 hours? Yeah, that is some next level crazy right there. I can’t wait to do it again one day.
Best piece of running advice you’ve received? If you are ever doubting your ability to run a ultramarathon…just know that you will go out there and be spending an entire day doing what you LOVE. Running. Be patient with yourself, enjoy the time on your feet and enjoy the ride!
Most inspirational runner? Jenn Shelton. I honestly love women ultrarunning badasses. Plus, she is a bonafide trail runner and I always think trail runners are so laid back and cool. I am roadie at heart but I’m trying to embrace my inner trail runner hippie spirit. So stay tuned.
If you could sum up your year of running in a few words what would they be?
Getting comfortable being uncomfortable
Many early mornings and double run training days
How was your year of running? Answer any of all of the questions!