It is that time of year again! Time to recap some of the highlights of this year of running, racing and training! It has been quite the year for me I must say. Both in running and in LIFE – in general. But you know what – I would not have it any other way. Let’s get to the miles and smiles!
Best race experience?
This year I mostly focused on ULTRAS. It was a phenomenal year for all distances BEYOND the 26.2! Probably my best experience this year would be the one that recently occurred –my PR at El Taco Loco 100k! Not only did I set a personal record for this race (by literally finishing HOURS faster than my 1st 100k) but it was just all around a dang good time. The people around me made it even that more special. I’m thankful for awesome running buds along with me for the journey. PLUS I proved to myself that I could run pacer-less (while absolutely terrified) in the woods in the dark to the tune of a pack of coyotes. So woohoo for that.
My 35 mile birthday run. Running your AGE is never easy but always something I look forward to. And a great way to reflect on the year and the many blessings to come. I always enjoy doing this run solo (I had a friend that ran the first few miles with me, then I was on my own after that) as a way to really feel each mile. Plus it was great ultra training and time on my feet.
Best new piece of running swag?
Probably all of my sweet BUFFS. I now have a collection of em all. Mostly I get them at trail races but I tell you what I am a buff fanatic now. They’ve replaced my trucker hats. Who am I even?! Just a buff wearin’ ultra runner, I guess.
Best piece of running advice you’ve received?
Trust the process. Respect the distance. That rest and recovery is just as important as putting in the work. And to do epic sh*t. Scare the living daylights out of yourself and do the crazy thing!! You’ll be glad you did.
Most inspirational runner?
Can I just put my entire running club here? I mean, my running friends are pretty dang inspirational. And fun! Each and every one of them. Our group is so awesome, so diverse. From different backgrounds and all. It is just a talented group of athletes I am proud to call friends. I’m thankful to have found MY PEOPLE that I love running with, every Saturday morning. Miles, breakfast tacos and mimosas for the win.
Hey girl hey Jenna Runs! Special shout out. Run buds for life.
If you could sum up your year of running in a few words, what would they be?
Sometimes dirty, sometimes paved
Merrymaking (I was looking for a synonym for FUN!! This one fits the bill.)
How has your year of running been!? Answer any or all of the questions!!