2015 Review in Races

2015 was fast and the races were plentiful.  I managed my way through a new personal high of 11 marathons this year! Along the way I also tacked in 4 half marathons (including a new runDisney half PR), 1 12k, 4 10ks (2 were new PRs!), and 2 5ks (Who has time for those anymore?)  Here’s a quick rundown of the year month by month, race by race.

January – Race Miles 95.34

I started the year off fast with a local New Year’s Day 12k.  One of my goals for 2015 was to complete more local events. I ran in 0 area races in 2014 & thought this was the perfect chance to start the year with a 100% increase from the year before.  I cruised into a 52:09 finish and brought home this stylish age group award train bank. IMG_1124.JPG

One week later Brooklyn and I flew to Walt Disney World for the Dopey Challenge. 4 days, 4 races, 48.6 Miles.  The ultimate endurance test from runDisney on the body, mind, and alarm clock.  This was also the end of my beard, it lived a happy life and is missed daily.

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The fun didn’t stop there though! The next weekend I was in Baton Rouge to lead the 2 hour pace group at the Louisiana Half Marathon, followed by the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon the following week.

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February – Race Miles 45.5

Let’s pretend February was a light month.  I had the chance to go down to WDW again for the Princess Half Marathon weekend while doubling it as a work trip.  My high school band was playing prerace at the Daytona 500.  I scored a new runDisney half PR of 1:39:50 completely because I had to get back to the hotel ASAP to make it to the track in time for the races.  I crossed the finish line and never stopped running, straight to the car, sped off into the distance.

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The next weekend I was travelling across country in the other direction to run the Phoenix Marathon.  This was my long planned goal race of the winter that proved to be a disappointment and a finish time of 3:55:15 (note to self, don’t try to burn a 1:40 half and attempt to maintain through a much more difficult back half)

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March – Race Miles 26.2

It really was an easy month for me, I only completed 1 race. I lead the 4:15 pace group at the Publix Georgia Marathon.  I was also supposed to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Marathon in March, but for one reason or another cancelled my flights and stayed home to play video games.

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April – Race Miles 58.6

I had been looking forward to the Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans for months.  It is one of the largest 10k races in the country.  I qualified for the seeded corrals at the 10k during Dopey weekend and picked up a new 10k PR at Crescent City with a 43:31 finish!

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I followed up the CC10k with marathons in Olathe, KS & Nashville, TN on back to back weekends at the Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz & Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon respectively. IMG_1369.JPG

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May – Race Miles 19.3 

I finished the spring with one quick paced weekend in Disneyland earning my 3rd Coast to Coast Challenge medal by completing the Inagural Pixie Dust Challenge during the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend.

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June, July, August – Race Miles 0

13 weeks away from home for U.S. Army Basic Combat Training.

September – Race Miles 29.3

Right back at it with the Labor Your Legs 5k in Hattiesburg, MS. Remember that “run more local events” thing.  Grand total of 2 now for the year.

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Later in the month I copiloted the 4 hour pace group at the Grand Lake Marathon in Ohio.  A little rushed with only a few weeks between BCT & the race, but a great weekend getaway.  My friend Matt even ran his first 5k that morning!

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October – Race Miles 0

Marching band rules my calendar every October.

November – Race Miles 78.9

November 1 started with the biggest race in the world, the TCS NYC Marathon! An unbelievable experience & one I hope I get to do again someday.

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One week after NYC I teamed up with my friend Dani (@IrishEyes1982) to take on the incredibly hot, humid and almost shortened Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon. By the way, this was my 25th lifetime marathon finish, Mile 25 cheers to that!

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After a weekend off of racing due to work I travelled to Tulsa, OK for the Route 66 Marathon and the Center of the World detour, totaling the race at 26.5 Miles (the race proclaimed “World’s Shortest Ultra”) How awesome was that throw away sweater I found at the thrift store?

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December – Race Miles 26.2

4 Marathons in 6 weeks culminated in traveling to Memphis for my 4th St. Jude Marathon weekend.  My favorite event of the year and the race that has ended my event calendar for 4 years in a row.  No races after St. Jude wasn’t a planned tradition, but one that seems appropriate.

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2015 Total Race Miles 379.34 

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