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My Worst Race Ever

After last month’s depressing tales of our worst race ever, we decided to raise everyone up with stories of our best race ever.

My best race ever had nothing to do with the finishing time on the clock.  (I was quite slower than I thought I’d be). It wasn’t because I ran a perfectly executed race plan.  (What race plan? I forgot I was racing a few times along the course!) It wasn’t because my training for the race was on point. (My training was a mess). In fact, if I looked at all of that, you would say it was an absolutely horrible day.

So why was it my best race ever?

Back in 2016, Mount Washington was the first race I ran in 14 months. It was the first race after my worst race ever and DNF at Boston. I had to deal with months of injury rehab, no running, and not to mention the emotional roller coaster that goes along with that. I was so afraid to run a race again for fear of getting injured and not being able to run my pre-injury paces.

Best Race Ever | Mt. Washington Road Race. It's only one hill |

When I entered the Mount Washington lottery in February of that year, on a whim, I never thought I’d get in.  The chances were slim to none!  But then I got in and was scared out of my mind.  Doubt crept in like crazy. Should I train for race this intense when I’d only been back to running for less than 5 months?  Will I get hurt again?  How am I going to finish an all uphill race when I get injured running on flat ground?

My training for Mount Washington was marred with a cranky piriformis, a niggle in my quad and an L4/L5 that hated me for almost half of the 12 weeks of training. Once I got all of those things calmed down and was feeling strong and confident, I rolled my ankle 6 days before the race and didn’t run a step up until race day.  Whomp. Whomp. Whomp.  So much for my confidence.  If you looked at all of that, you’d be surprised I even made it to the starting line.

But I made it.  I felt strong for the majority of the race even if I wasn’t running the pace that I thought I would.  I soaked up the race environment.  I enjoyed the scenery.  I worked hard and pushed my body to do things it hadn’t done in months.  Surprisingly, my body responded well.  It remembered it could do hard things. It remembered that it wasn’t fragile and easily broken.

Best Race Ever | Mt. Washington Road Race Recap. |

Mount Washington was just what I needed to get that feel good running feeling again.   It wasn’t an easy race by any means. It still is the hardest race I’ve ever done, but it was exactly what I needed to make me feel strong, confident and ready to dream big.

If you want to feel on top of the world, I highly suggest running a mountain race that does, indeed, finish on top of the world.

Sometimes, it’s not all about the numbers.

Ready for more feel good best race ever recaps?  Check out what my friends are sharing.


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What was your best race ever?

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  3. When I think back on my best races its not about the finish times either! Its more about the accomplishments and seeing what your body is capable of. This sounds like such a challenging race but a very memorable experience!

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  6. I love this. It definitely isn’t always about time – how you experience the race makes all the difference! The scenery truly does look gorgeous.

  7. I love that this is the one you picked! I agree that it rarely has to do with the time on the clock- but more about how strong I feel or the accomplishment. Although sometimes the two go hand in hand, like at Richmond, which was possibly my favorite so far. Looking foward to reading everyone else’s stories!

  8. Some of my best races had nothing to do with numbers! And, the older I get and the more races I do, it becomes less and less about the numbers. I love that you recapped this one because it was truly amazing you even STARTED, let alone finished!! #youraisemeup
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  9. I seriously have have done the best (finish time and otherwise) in races where I threw all finish time goals out the window and just ran for the experience. Just recently, I ran a 13.1 with only 90 minutes of sleep, and majorly surprised myself with how well my body (and mind) persevered to the finish line.

  10. Some of my best races have also been my worst! But those are often the most fun. I had a heck of a time at my first MCM despite being super slow and injured. It was amazing!! 🙂

  11. Hi! I have a question about the ACSM cert. I am finishing up my masters degree in Exercise and Health Sciences (BS in Kinesiology). I am looking into the Certified Exercise Physiology exam, however I would like to get the clinical one. My issue is that you need a whole bunch of clinical hours, which I do not know how to obtain, do you have any suggestions?

    Also, if I were to take the exam (clinical or not) how you do recommend getting a job? So much postings ask for years of experience, even at entry level.

    Thank you in advance! I love your blog!

    • Hi Lexi! Congrats on finishing up your degree! You won’t believe how many emails I get with the same questions you have. For me, I got the majority of my clinical hours in a semester long internship. I also was certified as a personal trainer at that time and worked at a gym. Near the end of my internship, I was extremely fortunate to get hired by another hospital in a full time ex phys position. I had 6 months within hire to pass the ACSM Clinical certification. During the time before I took the exam, I was able to rack up more clinical hours. A lot has changed in the field since I entered it over 16 years ago. Did you do an internship for your BS and MS? My advice is to find places to job shadow, volunteer and to intern for your hours. It’s not as easy field to break into but it can be done. Good luck!

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