Check back next Friday for another race recap.
I love getting blog post ideas from others, so today’s post was inspired by Blisters and Black Toenails (who got it from Seeking Boston Marathon). The concept is you recap your year in numbers, highlighting accomplishments, injuries or anything else you can think of – so here’s my 2013 by the numbers!
3.23.13 – my first 1st place finish! I got 1st place in my age group for the 5k.
2 PRs – I set a PR in the 5k and half marathon this year (times below).
94.5 race miles this year in 17 races:
- 8 5ks – best time: 25:51
- 3 half marathons – best time: 2:14:16
- 2 10ks – best time: 1:02:51
- 2 8ks – best time: 44:45
- 2 4-milers – best time: 39:28
9 medals, including one from the James Island Connector which I was a really nice surprise, because it wasn’t something I was expecting at the end of a 10k. (I haven’t received my medal from the Jingle Bell Rock yet, but I’ll update the picture once I get that one.)
7 out of 8 – the number of bells I lost off of my Santa Hustle costume. I lost the first one less than I mile into the race and I think the only reason the 8th one stayed on is because it was actually caught on my race bib!
81 soccer games played:
- 58 7 v 7 co-ed games
- 16 11 v 11 women’s games
- 7 11 v 11 co-ed games
3,398,726 steps (or 1,553 miles) through December 15 – last year the company I work for introduced step trackers as part of their wellness initiatives, so I’ve been keeping track of all of my steps since last January. In all of 2012, I did 2,862,941 steps or 1,373 miles.
15 states driven in / through. Most of these came from the tour de hockey in November (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) but I also drive through West Virginia on my way to Pennsylvania and I live in North Carolina and have been to several cities in South Carolina this year. I just finished a race in Tennessee and I spent some time wandering around Arizona in January!
Want to see other runner’s 2013 by the numbers? Check out the linky at Blisters and Black Toenails.
Today was my last race for the year and it was certainly an entertaining race to close out the year! The Santa Hustle offered a half marathon and a 5k option, with everyone receiving a Santa hat, beard and Santa-themed technical shirt, so there were a lot of Santa variations in the race today, however I only saw one other Hawaiian Santa (technically the guy was just running in a Hawaiian shirt and the Santa hat) and I managed to pass him around mile 8. The race was an out & back from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge. Every couple of miles there was a candy or cookie station – I didn’t see too many of the half marathoners take them during the race, but there were definitely a lot of mini M&M’s on the ground on our way back! Since I also signed up for the Jingle Bell Rock virtual run which goes from December 14-22, this race counts double!
Check back next Friday for another recap.
Since I didn’t start this blog until November, I don’t have a detailed summary of most of my races in 2013, but I wanted to “catch up” on races I did prior to November and what I can remember from them. So, each Friday in December I will post a recap of some of the races I did earlier this year.
March 16 – Color Me Green 5k – 33:50 – My first trail race. Salomon was there and I tried out their Speedcross shoes. I have nothing to compare the shoes to, but they worked pretty well for me. Throughout the woods, there were people hidden behind (and up in) trees and they would throw green corn starch at all of the runners. Similar to the Color Run, but with a whole new dimension of difficulty! The biggest challenge for the day was just the sheer number of attendees – I think the final runner count was over 1,000 and was way beyond what the race organizers had hoped for, so the start was delayed a bit waiting for everyone to get to the start line and then there was quite a bit of congestion at the start line before people were able to spread out a little getting into the woods. This is still the only trail run I’ve ever done, but as I check a few other things off my “running bucket list” I may need to add a few trail runs in! This was also a great way to kick-off St. Patrick’s Day festivities as there were lots of events and bands throughout the day, including watching the river at the US Whitewater Center turn green!
March 23 – Run for the Ridge 5k – 25:51 (1st place in my age group) – The only things I really remember from this race is that it was cold and rainy and I was sprinting to the finish against a kid who was easily half my age! I took 19 seconds off my previous PR in this 5k, so despite the weather, it was a great race.