Who didn’t I meet in 2011?

Truth be told, 2011 was not my favorite year to date. I’m kind of looking forward to 2012 and some better times. That said, I still had lots of good stuff going on in my life and one of the fun aspects of the year was the big number of bloggers I got to meet. I know I’m not on the level of meet-up queen Jill, but I did ok. Here’s a look at whose paths I crossed in 2011:

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Erika, me, Angie

Barefoot Angie Bee and Erika from MCM Mama. Erika lives right down the road in Va, so it was only natural that she and I meet up sooner or later. When Angie Bee told us she’d be passing through DC on a train, we both jumped at the chance to meet her. We had a nice afternoon stroll followed by a beer; I thoroughly enjoyed this time with these like-minded ladies!

Next up was the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference out in Boulder. Beth was kind enough to let me crash at her house and while at the conference, I got to meet Jason, Jill and Claire. With this crew, you can only imagine that we shared lots of laughs. I’ve keptĀ  in touch with these guys pretty regularly since the conference and consider them friends. I’m looking forward to the next time I can see them all.

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The crew in Boulder

Summer brought a chance to meet Erin out in Jackson Hole. This amazing mom of 12 had eight of her beautiful kids with her when we met, which was such a treat. My kids are still talking about her kids! I got to meet Erin a second time in New York on marathon weekend. Not only that, but she’s going to join my friends and me in Boston come April. Who’d of thought that two women separated by so much country would have the chance to see each other three times in one year? Pretty cool if you ask me.

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Me and supermom Erin

New York City Marathon weekend also gave me the opportunity to meet Molly and Lisa. I only got a couple of minutes with Lisa because she was working the expo, but I think we’d have lots to chat about given more time. Molly? She’s a doll–just a genuine, nice person, much as she appears on her blog.

Next year promises to bring more chances to meet fellow bloggers. First on the agenda will be EMZ when I visit Arizona in February. Can you say excited? Then there’s Boston, where I’m sure we’ll be having the mother of all blogger meet-ups. Can’t wait.

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With Lisa and Molly

Did you meet any other bloggers this year?

And finally–if you entered my giveaway for free entry to America’s Toughest Road Marathon, radom.org picked Marissa. Love her blog and her enthusiasm and I’m so excited to hear about her adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains come April!

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  1. Holy. I. Am. Jealous.
    All those amazing people—love — love it!!

    Is it February yet?!
    Bring a running parka for our run. It’ll be like 37* out.

  2. I’m totally jealous, though I did meet my fair share of bloggers this year too. If you can’t have a ton of running friends close by, at least you can find some like-minded people online, right? :)
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  3. You didn’t meet me but one day I will make the trip across the pond and hope fully meet a lot of bloggers. I was lucky enough to meet Tiina from One Crazy Penguin (http://onecrazypenguin.blogspot.com/) this year.
    Johann recently posted..RAC Tough One – Short FeedbackMy Profile

  4. It’s so fun to meet other bloggers. I didn’t meet you, but I won a shirt with your name on it! My husband and I went to Arizona in January for the National Championship and snuck in a local 5k. My raffle prize was a Miss Zippy running shirt. I love it.

  5. The pleasure was all mine in Boulder. As one of the first blogs I follow I consider all the things you say to be very accurate and personal.

    Then after I met you I knew that your blog was just an extension of who you are. A real genuine person with no pretense.

    I will second your comment that I consider each of the Boulder peeps friends. Seeing Beth in Vegas just reinforced that notion.

    You will love Emily. I got to chat with her for a few moments prior to the race and such a great person.

    Can’t wait for the Sweat Hogs reunion.
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  6. One day soon, you and me, running off into the setting sun ….wearing Hokas (-:
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  7. I am so excited that I am on the list! I say it all the time, but I am SO grateful for the online running community, and the support and friendship that I get from awesome runners and people like you. :)
    Can’t WAIT for Boston. And 2012 is going to be a great year for you. I know it! :)
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  8. I met quite a few bloggers this year (my FIRST year of blogging), but nowhere near how many you did! It’s so fun to meet people you feel like you already “know”!
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  9. All those meet ups and sadly, your 2011 remains incomplete. Sigh. Maybe you’ll get to meet me next year! :-)
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  10. I’m thinking if I have a longer trip to DC maybe we can meet up for a run (but no cake). :)
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  11. Aw, it was so great to meet you! We’ll be down to visit my Dad in Baltimore next year, maybe we can meet up again, for a RUN!! : )
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  12. So, who’s gonna come into town next so we have an excuse to meet up again? LOL
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  13. you didn’t meet me!
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  14. I think that’s my favorite part of this whole blogging thing – meeting great people! (and WOW! You did well on that end!)
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  15. Werent you in Ohio this year, that pretty darn close to meeting me
    BDD recently posted..Set your DVR, Ironman World Championship This WeekendMy Profile

  16. ME! You didn’t meet me! Someday!
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  17. Wow that’s great you got to meet so many bloggers! I’m really hoping 2012 will bring some meet-ups – I can’t wait to meet some of the great people behind the blogs I follow!

    Hopefully we’ll get to meet when I come to DC in March…or when you come my way to Boston :)
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  18. I didnot meet any bloggers but I hope to someday! Love all the great meetups you got to do!
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  19. I did get to meet some other bloggers: notably Erin and (too briefly) Jill (but another meeting with Jill will be in my future!). There are some other Colorado folks I hope to meet soon, especially Katie at Will Race for Carbs. That girl cracks me up!
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  20. So many great people! I’m not doing Boston but can I be part of the cool kid meet-up? Very fun year!
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  21. I met a lot of bloggers this year too! Sadly I didn’t get to meet you. :( SOON though!

    I am really thinking of taking the train down to Boston to try to meet some bloggers, it all depends on my job…if I don’t have one then what the heck, might as well go down to Beantown..
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  22. I had dinner with Jill a couple months back when I was in Denver for a conference – she’s great!

    I met a bunch of bloggers during the Philly Marathon weekend, largely because Amanda (Run to the Finish) was staying at my house and organized all kinds of meet-ups :)

    If you come to Philly next year, I’ll come down to the course to cheer you on!
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  23. oh man… let’s see…

    This year, I met Ronda (Little Fruit Fly), Lesley (Racing it Off), Sarah (Once Upon a Lime), Skinny Runner, Monica (Run Eat Repeat), Margot (Faster Bunny), Elisabeth (Running at the Speed of Me), XLMIC, Caroline (Canadian in Exile), Rose (Eat, Drink, and be Meiri)…. And my IRL friend Becka (50halfmarathonsin50states), but I don’t think she counts ;).

    I love meeting bloggers : )
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  24. Wow, you met a ton of people. I’ve met a few local bloggers who started as my blog stalkees and have ended up my friends. I love training with them, too, because someone is always pulling out a camera, and no one ever complains when you want to stop for a photo op. :)
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  25. Wow, that really was a lot of bloggers that you got to meet! LUCKY! Next you need to come to Utah and meet a slew of us here!
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  26. oh lucky woman! you did meet a lot of people I want to meet!!!!!

    I met Heather ( at 365 days of awesome) and met Carrie (fitness food) and Julie (hotlegs runner)
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  27. it’s amazing how many wonderful people are out there in the world and we are able to connect thru our little blogs–you’ve met some folks sitting pretty high on my “i gotta meet these peeps” list!!

    BOSTON!!! I’m there :)
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  28. This was a slow year for bloggy meet ups for me! Oh well, there’s next year and I did have a few.

  29. I’m not even a year old as a blogger, so not meetups for me yet.
    But I’m looking forward to 2012!
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  30. Very cool. Not much action for me this year, other than the folks I already know who live close. Maybe, I certainly hope, more will happen in the future!
    Jen recently posted..New Marathon PRMy Profile

  31. Wow, you have met a lot of bloggers this year. I haven’t met anyone yet, but I think it is in my future because there are some pretty cool bloggers in Colorado that I would love to meet. Terzah and I were going to do a Turkey Trot together, but then the toe. So bummed but we will meet!! Jill did a Gobble Wobble that I would have done and so bummed I didn’t get to meet her either. But someday!

    I never knew when I started blogging that I could feel like I knew people I had never seen in person. Blogging is a really cool thing and I have been so blessed by the people in this community!
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  32. Yay for my marathon entry…will I survive? Lets hope so :)

    Ok, sadly I have NEVER met another blogger…sad but true, right? Ugh. Your post made me jealous…I gotta get out there and meet you guys!
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  33. Haven’t had a chance to meet many bloggers, but I will be in Boston 2012, so I’m hopeful that I get to meet many!
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  34. I met two folks…Julia from sleepless in Arlington and Lindsay from Linds loves Miles.

    Good suggestion of Shamrock…I may end up doing that one.
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  35. Hoping 2012 rocks for you!! Jealous of all your bloggy meet ups!

  36. 2012 will ROCK for you!!!! Love bloggy meetups.

  37. Haven’t met any yet in person, but hope to maybe have the chance in 2012. It’s gonna be a neat year!

  38. it is so much fun to meet people whose blogs you’ve been following for a long time! I am excited for another meet up in Houston
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  39. SO FUN! You got to meet a ton of bloggers. Love it. I met a bunch in Michigan in April and I hope to meet plenty more at Boston next April. :)
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  40. PS woooah I can’t believe you hardly ever use your garmin! And you are so super speedy and are an amazing running… My Garmin was with me when I started taking running more seriously a year ago so I’ve become so accustomed to it. But I bet I would have been just as happy to have training without it back in the day, maybe it’s just what you’re used to. But I have to admit, I do love just setting out and doing a little running tour and afterward knowing exactly how many miles I went.
    Or some days, different speeds feel like such different efforts and it’s nice to look down and know what’s actually going on or see what my heart rate is doing.
    Tough call for me, but I totally respect running without the Garmin. Wish I were that pure.
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  41. That’s great that you had the chance to meet other runners (bloggers). I don’t really travel a whole lot, so I haven’t met any one of late. Maybe some day though. Take care.
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  42. It was great to meet you, wish we could have spent more time together, but hopefully next year if you make it out for the conference again (when is it? Where?). I barely met many this year that I haven’t meant in prior years….mostly because I didn’t get to travel to any races. Whaaaa! Did meet a few when I was in California hiking Whitney I guess.
    Jill recently posted..What We Do for a Cheap Medal and an Ugly Ugly Ugly Sweatshirt 1/2 Marathon Race ReportMy Profile

  43. Maybe one day we’ll meet. I too got to meet Jill this year as well as a handful of other bloggers. Sorry 2011 wasn’t better, I’m sure 2012 will be.
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  44. I didn’t meet anyone….
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  45. Lucky girl! I have been staying close to home for most of my races so no meet ups for me. Someday I will change that!
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  46. excuse me? who didn’t you meet? umm HELLO!!! ;)


    just kidding. haha. you definitely did get in a lot of real-life meetups with some awesome blog buddies!

    my '11 hasn't been that great (the end of it anyway). here's to an awesome 2012 for the both of us!
    lindsay recently posted..november 2011: mile highMy Profile

  47. In 2012 I think you have to meet your european blogger friends, don’t you?
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  48. WOW, you are a social butterfly!

  49. I was too undecided about celtic race and never signed up! That will be my big goal of 2012 – MEET MISSZIPPY!! :)
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