Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: The year of the Marathon!

With the worst race of the year, I have successfully finished another year of running!

As I started to look at my list of races for 2013, I noticed it was significantly less than my previous 2 years (which both doubled with 25 races) and I think that has a lot to do with taking a much needed break after the WDW Marathon and then focusing on the NYC Marathon. I didn't travel for races as much this year either, but for the ones I did, ate up all of my racecation budget (coughcoasttocoastcough). There are 2 races on the runDisney schedule I haven't run yet (Tink and Wine and Dine) but I think I'm going to have to wait until 2015 or beyond to accomplish that goal. I liked visiting new places and it would be nice to start doing that again, but who knows? 

2 marathon
3 half marathons
1 10 miler
1 15k
4 10k
3 5 milers
2 4 milers
1 5k

17 races

Not to bad! 8 less races than 2011 and 2012, but only 10ish less miles. . how did that happen? And who knew BOTH of my official marathons would be in 1 year?! I started the year in full taper mode (which I wasn't nearly as nervous about as I was the 2nd one) and I ended the year a NYC marathon finisher. I don't think I can -or even want to- top that. 

In 2014, I would like to resolve signing up for races as training runs, and focusing on speed- neither of which are new concepts for me, but maybe if I keep saying them, I might do it? I have no need to sign up for 9 NYRR races this year (but who am I kidding? I'm sure I will anyway for the fun of it) but I would like to run most of the 5- borough series races and get automatic entry to the NYC Half 2015. If all goes to plan, I will be more than half way there by April. And as much as I like adding a 50 minute workout to my running days in the comfort of the gym, I seriously need to get my butt out to the park and do speed/ hills. 

There is a trend on instagram right now with the Statigram video. It shows your top 5 most liked photos of 2013. I originally only got the video to see for myself, but when it turned out to be my signature eye-patch photos, I had to share.

How was your 2013?


  1. That video and the others I've seen actually make me want to join in the Instagram fun. Maybe :) I think fewer races with 2 marathons in there is just fine...they took the place of some shorter distances.

    1. IG is my fav social media, I highly recommend!

      I think I'm a fan of fewer races.

  2. You had a great year! Congrats on so many awesome races!!

  3. Do I see a race bib from Portugal? Congrats on completing so many races!

    1. It was the New York Road Runner's Portugal Day race in Central Park, not the same. . . I wish! :)

  4. AWESOME! Sounds like you had a great year. Congrats! I think my plan for this year is going to call for fewer races, but mostly longer distances...that is, of course, assuming I survive Dopey. Haha. ;)

  5. That is a lot of bling! I have 5 of the same medals. It's so cool that we ran a couple of them together including the misery that was this year's WDW Marathon.

    I love your bib picture. It's artsy. :) I still have to think in terms of training for a marathon since NYCM is happening this year for me (if nothing gets in the way *cough*). I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

    Best of luck for 2014!

    1. I'm excited we're going to have matching bling for 2014, too!

      Nothing better get in the way! You'll catch the running bug again.

  6. Your IG video is so cute! I just got mine to see for myself too. Ha ha. Love the pic in this post of your 2013 bling. All my medals are still packed away somewhere so I haven't had the chance to check out the year's haul all at once!