I love making "Best Of" lists. It is fun to look back and pick out who inspired you and what moved and excited you most. I put together a little list of "Best of 2011".
Best Movie: Beginners
Best Book: Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
Most Inspirational Runner: Scott Jurek. He shows the world that one can be an incredible athlete on a plant-based diet. Better yet, he is vegan for reasons of compassion, making him even more heroic in my book.
Best Race: Surf City Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA. My very first 26.2 and the race where I qualified for Boston. I surpassed all goals and expectations of myself.
Best Running Book: Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run, by Kristin Armstrong. She writes so eloquently and really hits the nail on the head when it comes to running, friendship, family and relationships. I love the way she uses running as a metaphor for all of these things.
Best Running Shoes: Brooks Ghost 4
Best Running Movie: Unbreakable, without question.