Anna was born and raised in Maine, and went to college at Brown, where she was a 10:06 Steepler. Believing she had more running potential (and having saved a year of NCAA eligibility), Anna completed a fifth year at the University of Michigan, where she brought her Steeple PR down to 9:35 and won the NCAA Championship.
Perhaps at a different time in my life or even in my running career, I would have lined up at Western States 100 filled with nervous dread and anticipation, given all the foreboding omens. Like a diagnosis of a torn labrum 4 weeks before in my hip from a fall at the Hoka Highland Fling. Like coming down with a runny nose, scratchy dry throat race week after being in close contact with some of my favorite little people who happen to come down with colds. Like falling down the stairs hard on race morning. I could have. But I didn’t.