Meet Brittany, “The Funny Runner”
Hi! I’m Brittany Charboneau also known as “The Funny Runner.” I’m a Denver-based proud athlete for Team Tailwind along with The North Face and have competed in every distance from the 10k to the 80k. I’m currently training to represent Team USA’s 80k team at the World Mountain Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand this November. My marathon background started on the roads spanning a 17th place finish at the 2018 NYC Marathon, a win at the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon, and a 13th placed finish at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials with a PR of 2:33. After the pandemic shutdown most road races, I jumped on the trails and had a blast! I won the 2020 Pike’s Peak Marathon, set the FKT on the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, and won my debut 50-miler at the 2022 Lake Sonoma 50.
That’s the runner part. The funny part is that I use my background in comedy and performance to enhance my training and racing…something I encourage others to do as well! For example, I kicked off my 2022 season with a win-sweep at the Walt Disney World “Dopey Challenge,” four consecutive days of racing a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon, a feat that had never before been accomplished. I brought my joy to life by dressing up as a different Disney character for each race, which was proof that you can still be playful while chasing goals!
Marathon Training Tips
I’m passionate about sharing my somewhat unique approach to training because it’s so important to keep it enjoyable. Sure, marathoning is supposed to be hard, but I’m a firm believer that the majority of training should be enjoyable. Here are my top three favorite marathon training tips:
Marathon Racing Tips!
Ok, you’ve made it through training, and the big day is here! It’s ok to feel nervous, but remember to remind yourself that you’re excited for the whole experience! Here are my top three tips for marathon racing:
Above all else, don’t forget that each training cycle is a journey with ups and downs. Each race is also there to teach you something. Don’t give up, keep running fun, and remember to smile when it gets hard!
I’ll be cheering you on!