Some of the Best of 2011

Recently, Miss Zippy posted a great list of questions on the “best of” for 2011 and invited us all to do the same…so here are my answers!

Best race experience? 
Without a doubt Boston’s Run to Remember – this was my first half marathon! I felt like I had achieved a huge accomplishment just making it to the start line, and the whole race I had this “I can’t believe I’m actually doing this!” feeling. Also, I had my whole family there and they went through herculean efforts to see and cheer me on in multiple sports throughout the race.  It was a great first experience and laid the groundwork for my growing love affair with the half distance!

Best run?

Another first — the first time I ever ran 10 miles. It was one of those perfect runs, everything felt good and even the traffic lights cooperated so I never had to stop. I remember my confidence growing as the miles ticked off and when I finished I did a little happy dance in my driveway (neighbors must have loved that!)

Best new piece of gear?

This one’s hard – I did a lot of……accumulating this year 🙂 It’s a tie between my Brooks running skirt and my Saucony Kinvaras – for both it was love at first run!

Best piece of running advice you received?

Everything I learned during my time with Ryan Miller, certified ChiRunning instructor! Also, to make the transition to minimalist shoes slowly.

Most inspirational runner?

Way to many to pick just one! I have been inspired and motivated by so many runners’ stories this year – from daily training, to racing, to overcoming injuries.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Moving in the right direction!

There is so much to reflect on this year. This list was a fun way to get started! 

What were your 2011 highlights?




  1. Let’s see…..first off, staying relatively healthy all year and not getting injured. Running my 2nd Cape Relay in May was cool…..running the Harvard Pilgrim Independence 10K and finishing on the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium on 7/4, followed shortly by the Rock The Crossroads 5K in Kansas City on 7/9…..and then getting the call on October 26th from the Melanoma Foundation of New England inviting me to join their 2012 Boston Marathon team…..yeah, it’s been a great year! All the best to you and your readers!

  2. Love your Best Run. 🙂

    My highlight of 2011: It would be getting my personal treadmill! 🙂

  3. Looks like you had an exceptional year, lady 🙂

  4. I love how you summed up your year, it was a great one!

    Merry Christmas Michelle!

  5. You’ve had an amazing year! Look how far you’ve run!

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