I already introduced you to my friend Kate and her Ultramarathoning Awesomeness, and now for part two, I would like you to meet Anya!
I met Anya during our first season with Team in Training but it really wasn’t until our second season together as mentors that we got really close, especially on those 6am, very dark, very cold, very wet buddy runs. She is probably going to kill me for saying this but not only is Anya an amazing runner but is she such a sweetheart! Don’t let the fact that she wears all black fool you- she is kind, funny as heck, and the type of person that will tell you what you need to hear even if you don’t want to hear it! I LOVE THAT!
After completing 2 seasons of road running with TNT, Anya informed me that she was going to go Ultra. And, honestly, I was very surprised! Knowing the struggles she had on the road, I was a little concerned for my friend that jumping from a road half to a trail ultra may just ruin Anya for life; but, knowing this team and these Coaches, she was in the best hands ever. Within just a few runs on the trail, Anya was hooked! And here is what she had to say about it…