2013 was a busy year with quite a bit of running and several new experiences. After this morning’s run, I have logged 835.12 miles total for the year and participated in 29 total events this year! And I did all of this despite being injured for a portion of the year, and also battling a very hot summer here in Memphis. I earned some great bling, tried new races, and achieved multiple PR’s. I also hosted my first event, the Platinum Sombrero 5K, which helped me raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and gain a couple of new friends from the endeavor as well. This post, if I write in great detail about each event and experience would be several thousand words long, and I am not going to do that to you. Rather, I am going to do more of a Cliff’s Notes version of the year here with a monthly breakdown. For in-depth descriptions of my races from the year, you may visit the 2013 page in my blog and click on each race recap. Enjoy!
January: 1 Race (Virtual 5K), 81.59 Miles. The year started off with my first virtual 5K. It was the Resolution Run and the proceeds went to the Hole in the Wall Gang and started my year off right. I ran no local races since I could not work them into my schedule, but I did run a race.
February: 2 Races (1 Virtual 5K & My 1st 10K), 65.52 Miles. I started February with another virtual 5K, the Chilly Cheeks 5K. This event actually netted me a PR at the 5K distance with an elapsed time of 26:30. Of course, this is an unofficial time, so hopefully I will eclipse that time in an event this year to remove any ambiguity. My 10K was the Move It Memphis 10K, and since this was my first 10K, it was an automatic PR. It was a great event and one that I will run again in the future, just not this year since I have another event happening this weekend in 2014.
March: 1 Race (
HalfMarathon 5K), 18.61 Miles. This is the month that I was diagnosed with peroneal tendonitis in my right foot. This occurred two weeks before I was supposed to run in the Germantown Half Marathon, so obviously that did not happen. I did, however, walk the 5K associated with the event in my walking boot. This caused a few second takes as I limped through the course.
April: 2 Races (1 5K & My First Mud Run), 34.64 Miles. I was making the slow recovery from my injury throughout the month, but I was able to run a 5K, the FedEx St. Jude Classic Fairway 5K, hosted at TPC Southwind here in Memphis as well as my first Warrior Dash. Warrior Dash was quite a bit of fun, and a nice diversion from your typical race. Both events showed a nice bounce back for me from my injury.
May: 2 Races (1 Virtual 5K, 1 4 Miler), 49.71 Miles. My virtual run was the May the Fourth Be With You 5K, which I obviously ran on May 4. The nerd in me made me run this race. My 4 miler was the Zoom Through the Zoo event, which benefits the wonderful zoo here in Memphis. It was not my favorite event, but it did lead me to begin using Lock Laces, which was a positive development for my running. Susan and I also traveled to Arlington, TX for her graduation from graduate school. It was a great trip and I got some In-N-Out Burger from it as well!
June: 2 Races (1 5K & A Virtual Week Long Marathon), 75.56. My 5K was the third race in the M-Town Series (I did not run in the second one due to travel) called the Gibson 5K. It was a hot run, but it was worth it. The virtual marathon was for the One Fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and required that participants run 26.2 miles over the course of the week. It was a nice training tool for me and benefited a great cause. I also spent a week Cancun, Mexico, which is always a great thing. And I even kept my running streak active for the entire week that I was there.
July: 4 Races (1 5K, 2 Virtual 5K’s, including my 1st hosted event, & 1 virtual 10K), 89.33. This was the most running that I had ever done in a month up to this point, and I earned quite a few good-looking medals. I ran in the Stars and Stripes 5K here in Memphis, the Captain America 5K, First Avenger 10K, and Platinum Sombrero 5K. All three of the virtual runs benefited St. Jude and my personal event netted $734 for St. Jude!
August: 3 Races (1 5K, 1 Virtual 5K, 1 Virtual Half Marathon), 77.11. The hottest month of the year and I was thankful for the taper that came before the Tupelo 14.2 in September. My 5K was the Bardog 5K here in Memphis, the virtual 5K was the Jedi Challenge (another Star Wars run?), and the virtual half marathon was The Walking Dead 13.1, which had a neat, but small medal. I used the virtual half as my last long training run before my taper. Susan and I also discovered the greatness that is the Memphis Farmers Market, which became a weekend staple for us throughout the rest of the year. And I returned to the University of Memphis to obtain my MPA.
September: 3 Races (1 14.2 Miler, 1 4 Miler, 1 Virtual Half Marathon), 82.37 Miles. The first day of the month saw me run the longest distance of my career up to that point in the very hot and humid Tupelo 14.2 Miler. The event is known for their medals, and they did not disappoint again this year. My four miler was the Cooper Young Festival 4 Miler, which saw me shave over four minutes off of my PR for the distance and my virtual half, the Heroes in a Half Shell Challenge (Teenage Ninja Turtles theme) was another great training run excuse.
October: 4 Races (1 4K, 2 5K’s, 1 Half Marathon), 80.09 Miles. I ran two events in one day, the Tap N Run Memphis event and Zombie Hunt 5K, both in the Memphis area, but with drastically different weather events. The first race was very hot and the second one saw some rain. The half marathon was the 4 Bridges Half Marathon in Chattanooga, TN, and despite a chip malfunction, I set a PR but nearly five minutes! It was a fun event and the trip out-of-town served as a nice anniversary trip for Susan and me. I ended the month with my first ever Color Run, an event in which I was an ambassador.
November: 3 Races (2 5K’s & 1 Half Marathon), 100.54 Miles. I ran all three races over the first three days of the month, which is a great test of endurance. My first 5K was my fourth True Blue 5K at the University of Memphis, which is my anniversary run, the half marathon was the Midsouth Championship Half Marathon in Wynne, AR, and the second 5K was the SCS Race For Education here in Memphis, but was actually just short of a 5K. The half marathon was the cheapest ($27) that I have ever run, and was my second fastest half marathon ever! Plus, Susan and Beau surprised me at the finish line. This race qualified me for Neptune status in the Half Fanatics, which was cool. November also saw another addition to our family when Susan and I adopted Molly.
December: 2 Races [1 Half Marathon (Canceled, But I Ran Anyway) & 1 4K], 80.05 Miles. December was supposed to see me run my third consecutive St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon, but due to the cold and ice, the event was canceled. I decided to run the event anyway, as did several other fellow runners throughout Memphis. I ran in the Starry 4K a couple of days ago just to guarantee my monthly race running streak. My first semester in grad school ended with a 4.0 and I am now ending the month with my taper for the WDW Marathon.
All and all, 2013 was a very eventful year, both for my running and life in general. I am looking forward to next year being an even bigger and more eventful year.