As the final days of 2014 are winding down, and the year comes to a close it leads me on a reflection trip. What all did I accomplish this glorious year, and where will it lead me in 2015?
The year started with a fun trip to Charleston, SC with my friend Paula. My first marathon of the year completed in the cold and windy weather off the Atlantic Ocean. 3:47:58 final time.
A few weeks later a trip to see Mom, and run the Hilton Head Marathon. My finish time of 3:54:00 was disappointing to me that day. Not sure why, just not a great race for me. I do believe I will return in 2015 for revenge.
In March, I again took a trek to the beach. This time Wrightsville Beach, in North Carolina. First time running there, and again, bored with the flat course, I put up a time of 3:51:08. Not my best, and not a fun day.
April, my birthday marathon. Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh, here at home. Majorly difficult course, hills and lack of hydration on the course during a warm day led me to a 3:55:40 finish, my slowest marathon of the year. It was my birthday though, so it was incredible. I also ran the Tar Heel 10 Miler two weeks later. That was a great race, with a stadium finish. Finish time of 1:18:01.
May took me to the inaugural All American Marathon about an hour from home. An inspiring, amazing race which I will return to run again in 2015. Finish time of 3:52:25 for my fifth marathon of the year. No complaints, plus I got to meet Meb at the finish. What a great day!
In June, I ran a double. The 15 Quay Challenge. First a 10k race, followed by a 5k race a half hour later. I ran the 10k at 7:47 pace, followed by the 5k at 7:38 pace. Quite satisfying, and run with my son. That was it for racing until September.
The Summer was filled with training for Fall. Heat filled training, lots of miles. It was a great Summer.
A week long stretch in September included two amazing trips. First to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Big Cottonwood Marathon. Finish time of 3:41:59, my second fastest in 2014. A week later I got in the car and drove to Tennessee for the inaugural Great a Smoky Mountains Half Marathon. A beautiful, awesome event, with a lackluster finish of 1:51:48. One of my worst performances in a half, but very enjoyable getaway.
October was packed with racing! I mean packed! Chock full. A Half in 10/5 in which I paced the 2 hour group to strong finishes. 1:58:45 finish time. Then on to Chicago a week later, and one of the best weekends of the year, and probably one of the most fun weekends of my life! It was incredible. It was also my best marathon of the year, finishing in 3:41:04. I want to go back every year from here on out! Let’s hope the lottery works for me again in 2015. Six days later was marathon #8 for the year in Greensboro, NC. Fantastically difficult just six days after Chicago. Hilly, tough course and a finish time of 3:53:42. The following week another Half for Halloween. 1:47:01 and spooky good fun.
Then on to November and my final race of the year. The City of Oaks Half with my kids. A 1:43:58 crossing the line with a big smile on my face, and turning to watch my two sons finish. Amazing day!
Amazing racing year! I can only hope that 2015 brings me the same happiness and success on the road. The only thing that could make it better would be to BQ. All in good time though.
Wishing all of you a Happy New Running Year! Give it your all!