June 26, 2005 will long be remembered in the Blue Ridge as the best day women\u2019s running history.\r\n\r\nAnne Riddle Lundblad of Swannanoa, N.C., finished second in the IAU World Cup 100K Road Race in Hokkaido, Japan. She kicked at the end to finish in a personal-best 7:54:22, just 40 seconds behind the winner. Riddle\u2019s performance led the U.S. to a team gold medal.\r\n\r\nJust hours later, Jefferson, N.C.\u2019s Annette Bednosky won the Western States 100 Mile Trail Run-the country\u2019s most prestigious trail race. Bednosky crossed the finish line in 18:42-the third fastest women\u2019s time in the race\u2019s history.\r\n\r\nAnne Lundblad and Annette Bednosky are good friends, tough competitors, and inspiring role models. They shared their post-race thoughts with BRO:\r\n\r\nAnne Riddle\r\n\r\nSwannanoa, N.C.\r\n\r\nAge 39\r\n\r\nCollege counselor\r\n\r\nBest moment of the race?\r\n\r\nThe last out-and-back 10K, which allowed me to check out my competition and to cheer on my teammates.\r\n\r\nWorst moment of the race?\r\n\r\nMiles 20-35, when I suffered stomach problems and wondered whether I would even make the finish. By slowing down just a tad and drinking fluids, I was able to regain control.\r\n\r\nWhat did you eat and drink?\r\n\r\nA bottle of Hammer Nutrition\u2019s Sustained Energy and a gel every 5-10K.\r\n\r\nFavorite energy gel flavor?\r\n\r\nApple Cinnamon-it tastes just like apple pie filling.\r\n\r\nWhat shoes did you wear?\r\n\r\nSaucony Grid Triumph road shoe.\r\n\r\nRunning heroes or mentors?\r\n\r\nAnn Trason (13-time Western States 100 champion) is the ultimate-a woman who can compete against the men and who is equally strong on the roads and the trails.\r\n\r\nFavorite place to train?\r\n\r\nThe 20-mile trail system at Warren Wilson College where I work.\r\n\r\nAdvice to other runners?\r\n\r\nLove what you do. Running may serve different purposes for you at various times in your life. But the bottom line is, you have to enjoy it.\r\n\r\n<hr size="1" color="#000" width="100%"\/>\r\n\r\nAnnette Bednosky\r\n\r\nJefferson, N.C.\r\n\r\nAge 38\r\n\r\nHigh school counselor\r\n\r\nBest moment of the race?\r\n\r\nSlipping and sliding in the Sierra\u2019s snow for the first 20 miles. I was laughing out loud and having fun.\r\n\r\nWorst moment of the race?\r\n\r\nBonking at Mile 65. I hadn\u2019t eaten in hours. So I forced down a Clif Bar and eventually felt better.\r\n\r\nWhat did you eat and drink?\r\n\r\nWater, Gu2O, Hammer gel, and salted potatoes. I felt nauseous in the last 40 miles, so I mainly lived off Sprite and butterscotch candies.\r\n\r\nFavorite energy gel flavor?\r\n\r\nChocolate.\r\n\r\nWhat shoes did you wear?\r\n\r\nMontrail Leona Divides in size 9 men\u2019s (it has a larger toe box).\r\n\r\nRunning heroes or mentors?\r\n\r\nMy dad, who is dying from prostate cancer, was on my mind all day. I dedicated the race to him. Anne Riddle Lundblad is another hero-she has always inspired me to run my best.\r\n\r\nFavorite place to train?\r\n\r\nLinville Gorge, Grayson Highlands, and Moses Cone.\r\n\r\nAdvice to other runners?Balance. Running is a good thing, but it\u2019s not everything. Take time to devote energy to the important people in your lives.