To close, here is a ripped article clip on Lynn Bjorklund from Trail Runner Magazine I've kept with me for the past few weeks, and constantly thought back to as I was running. In it, she offers advice to female runner are nearing their training and racing limits:
"Eat real food, enough of it. Keep your period. Train under a coach. Don't betray the long view for a single event. Train and race with enough caution so you'll still be healthy in 20 years. FIND YOUR WORTH INSIDE OF YOU, NOT IN SOMETHING EXTERNAL LIKE A RECORD OF SOMEONE'S OPINION OF YOU."