What a great start to my weekend already! Last night, Fleet Feet Sports Columbus surprised all of us by having Kathrine Switzer at the store until 7. For those of you who don't know who she is (and I will admit, I didn't either until recently), she is the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967! Amazing woman and an amazing story! She has a book out called Marathon Woman that I've begun reading and it is interesting! I can hardly put it down. We got to spend like 20 minutes just talking to her and she gave me some great feedback on race walking! She is amazed by the sport and told me about a walker who passed her one race when she was doing a 8 minute mile! Now I am not sure I'll ever get that fast but how awesome to think walkers can do it! She has really paved the way for women in this sport! I am impressed. I'll review her book on my blog when I am finished! This has been a great year for me to learn more about the sport I have fallen in love with. In the spring, MIT brought in Bart Yasso and his speech was inspiring. I read his book and another he recommended, Iron Heart, after his speech. Both books have changed my life and I am psyched to see how this book does the same. I officially have decided that 2012 is the year I'll do a full marathon walking: The Columbus Marathon! I am so excited and can't wait to begin the training!