I don’t know about you all, but I am writing my “Year End” wrap up blog a little early this year…let’s move this thing along, shall we? I am ready for 2021 just like all of you.
Yes, 2020 was crazy weird and we all know that. No, I didn’t get to run my “A” race and no I didn’t even hit 1000 miles this year (my first time in 3 years), and yes, I ended up contracting COVID in November and stopped running the last two months of 2020. Sounds appropriate for a pandemic year, right?
I could sit here and wallow in all of the things that went south, but that’s not the choice I am making. There were still some great things that happened to me running-related that I want to share with you instead.
– BibRave Virtual Ambassador Summit – Normally, BibRave Pros would come together from across the U.S. for an in-person summit. I was able to attend my first summit in 2019 and it was amazing. The pandemic might have changed the look of the summit, but we made it the best experience possible. I loved seeing my fellow BPRs, getting to know more about them as well as learning more about nutrition and sports psychology from the experts. We participated in virtual scavenger hunts and had the opportunity to try out some great swag from sponsors. As always, I felt very happy to be with “my people” even if it was virtual.
-I became a COROS ambassador – my friend and fellow BRP at the time, Corey, introduced me to the world of COROS. As soon as I used the watch for the first time, I was sold. I have had a great experience with this company and the product opened me up to more knowledge and new people. I have thoroughly enjoyed representing this brand in 2020.
-I completed my first virtual marathon as part of a virtual race series in April. DC Timing’s “Alone, Together” race series included 4 distances: 10K, 15K, 13.1 miles and 26.2 miles. I finished these pretty closely together as I was already trained up for a 100K distance and that race was cancelled. Nothing will test your mental fortitude like running those distances ALONE. It was great training for me and the race swag was excellent.
-I became a member of Team Ultra – I ended applying and being accepted as Michelob Ultra Athlete. It was fun to be able to rep my favorite domestic beer on social media!
-I learned to run in a mask. Never thought I would say that! It was different, but it wasn’t the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
-I was named a Team Captain for BibRave! This was really the icing on the cake for me in 2020. Taking on a leadership role for such an amazing group of athletes is very humbling but also very exciting.
As I said before, while 2020 was very rough, I was still able to have amazing experiences with people. I continue to learn and grow. I definitely look forward to 2021 and more opportunities that come with it. I hope you stay healthy and happy as we approach the New Year.