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Jillian Murray - Runner of the Week December 28, 2020

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

Name: Jillian Murray

# of Years Running: 12

Favorite Race Distance: Marathon

Last race: Marine Corps half marathon in Fredericksburg, 2019

Current Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline

Trails, Roads, or Track: Roads (or treadmill!)

Group runs or solo: 100 percent SOLO!! Sorry to my husband, but that is the truth! Need headphones on at full blast.

Longest run: 24 hour relay in Prince William Forest Park, ran with Jack and Karen Hyland, and did 7 loops at 6 miles each = 42 miles.

Why I run: To stay healthy, to zone out, to push my body to uncomfortable limits, to feel like I have accomplished something.

Favorite thing about running? Spending hours listening to music and getting into a vibe when everything is clicking.

Best race experience: Moab, Utah - half marathon in 2010(?) with my friend Keli. Beautiful landscape and scenery, plus perfect weather made the two hours go by quickly. Great post-beer and company afterwards as well.

Advice for new runners: Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Don’t get caught up in gimmicks. Just find a good shoe, a comfortable outfit and run when, where and with whoever you want! Solo, with a group, trail, treadmill, in the morning, evening….whatever. We are all out there to stay healthy and to encourage one another.

Fun Fact: I used to work at a shellfish company as a lab tech in my hometown in Maine. I have shucked literally thousands of oysters and clams, preparing them to get tested and ensure their safety for restaurants. I am a pro shucker!

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