2016 marks the 15th year of the St. Jude Marathon Weekend, and with it, St. Jude is introducing a new race distance! In years past, have you felt that the 5K was not challenging enough, yet the idea of the half marathon or marathon was still too daunting? Well, this year, you are in luck! St. Jude has decided to provide potential race participants with the option of running a 10K for the kids! I will still be either running the half or the full marathon, but I am excited that even more people can participate in this wonderful race weekend. More info can be found here.
It is finally here! I now have my Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series discount code to share with all of you!!!! Use the cod RUNNINGLARGE15 to save $15 on your 2015 registration.
Details on the code as follows:
- Valid for $15 off marathons & half marathons in 2015
- Includes both Canadian destinations – Montreal & Vancouver
- £3 (GBP) off international races
- Does not include: Mexico events, 1-miles, 5K, 10K, Kids Rock, 2-Person Relay, or TourPass
- Expires on 12/31/15
2014 proves to be a very busy year in my running journey. I was able to maintain my minimum of one race per month for the entire year, which pushes my monthly race streak to 26 months and counting, with races scheduled for the first 4 months of 2015 as well. I eclipsed 1,000 miles (actually 1,001.69 miles) for the first time in my life, and racked up quite a bit of race swag. I completed my first ever (maybe last, maybe not) marathon to launch the year, and double the amount of my lifetime half marathon races this year alone. I established and broke a PR in 7 races this year, and managed to finish in the top 3 in my age group at 3 different races. I also completed the Coast to Coast Challenge by Disney and my first Spartan Race.
2014 Stats: 1,001.69 Miles, 1 Marathon, 10 Half Marathons, 1 Nautical 10 Miler, 2 10 Milers, 3 10K’s, 2 5 Milers, 1 6K, 10 5K’s, 1 Spartan Race, 7 PR’s, 3 AG Finishes
January: 97.22 Miles – 1 race, 1 PR, the WDW Marathon, which was my first ever marathon, which meant automatic PR!
February: 59.20 Miles – 1 race, the Special Ops Spartan Sprint in Tampa, FL.
March: 69.15 Miles – 3 races, Germantown Half Marathon, Race for Recovery and the Glo Run 5K’s.
April: 76.75 Miles – 3 half marathons, Oak Barrel 13.1, Doc Rock Hal, and Country Music Half Marathon.
May: 89.52 Miles – 2 races, 1 PR, 1 Age Group Top 3 Finish, Running of the Rams 5K (PR, 3rd in my AG) and the West Tennessee Warrior Half Marathon.
June: 66.75 Miles – 1 race, 1 PR, the Navy Ten Nautical Miler, which was another PR by virtue of a new distance!
August: 98.71 Miles – 7 races, 1 PR, both 5 Milers in the MRTC RRS (PR set via new distance), Elvis Presley 5K, Breakaway Bardog 5K, Hit and Run 5K, Disneyland 10K, Disneyland Half Marathon, thus completing the Coast to Coast and Dumbo Challenges!
September: 54.73 Miles – 2 races, both the 10K’s for the MRTC RRS.
October: 104.44 Miles – 3 races, 1 PR, both the 10 Milers for the MRTC RRS (New distance = new PR), and the Greenline Half Marathon.
November: 97.03 Miles – 4 races, 2 PR’s, 1 AG Finish, 1 Road Warrior Status, both Half Marathons in the MRTC RRS (thus achieving Road Warrior Status, True Blue 5K (another PR at this course), and Heroes in Recovery 6K (PR and 2nd in my AG).
December: 102.11 Miles – 2 races, 1 AG Finish, St. Jude Half Marathon, Run Run Rudolph 5K (3rd in my AG).
It was a very productive, and healthy 2014 for me, and I hope to be able to build upon it in 2015. All race recaps have been linked on my 2014 Page if you want to find out anything further about these events and my experiences.
I hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year’s celebration!
It has been awhile since I posted, but I just came across this article about the coolest race medals of the year thus far. I have one of the medals (Disney), and at least four of the others would have been very manageable to obtain from Memphis (and I might try obtaining the Jackson, MS, and Little Rock, AR ones next year).
I will say that it seems that size matters for these medals, but the one for the ODDyssey Half Marathon is amazing and original. They have taken the idea of a bottle opener and took it up a notch by making the medal a mountable bottle opener! Very cool! I do feel that the Oak Barrel Half can hosed on not being included, but it is still a solid list.
So anyway, you can find the entire list here.
I think that I will do my own top ten list of race medals at some point. Maybe a top ten of the ones I have earned as well as a top ten of all that I have seen.
Before the year started, I composed some goals that I would like to reach this year. And since it is the halfway point of 2014, I decided that it would be a good time to look at them once again. Consider this an accountability exercise.
- Run a Marathon. This was not an exact goal since the marathon was 12 days into the year, but it was my first marathon and warrants some mention.
- Redeem My Germantown Half Marathon. I did not exactly set a land speed record this year, but I was not injured and I did complete the race, so this goal is complete!
- Become a Tough Mudder and a Spartan. 50% complete with the Tampa Special Ops Spartan Sprint in February. I ended up missing the Tough Mudder event in June.
- Try New Races. So far this year I have run in 11 new (to me) races. There was a full marathon, a Spartan Race, 10 nautical miler, and multiple half marathons.
- Run More Half Marathons in 2014 Than My Entire Life Prior. Speaking ofhalf marathons, so far in 2014, I have completed 5 half marathons which is the same number for my entire life prior to this year. And with 6 more half marathons on the horizon, I should have a couple of chances to eviscerate this goal.
- Run At Least 1,000 Miles. Well, at this point to be on pace for this goal I should be at 500 miles. I am actually at 439.09, so I am 60.91 miles short, so I will need to pick it up in the second half of the year to reach this goal. February, March, April, and June were all sub-par months. I need to average 93.485 miles per month for the next 6 months to reach 1,000.
- Focus On Cross Training. By joining the USMC Fitness Boot Camp, this goal will be realized by the year’s end, I just have to stick with it.
- Continue My Race a Month Schedule. So far in 2014 I am 6 for 6, so this goal is going strong. And I have already paid for at least 1 race in each of the next 6 months, so it is all on me now.
- Complete At Least One Pull Up. Well, this goal has been completely ignored. I am no closer today that I was at the beginning of the year. Completing this goal is not looking good, but there are still 6 months left to realize it.
After looking at the data, 2014 has gone rather strongly for me, even if my running times have been somewhat lackluster. There are some areas that I have lagged, but I have realized quite a few goals as well. With a few tweaks and adjustments, I should be able to improve on my 2014 results.
Back in college (and in middle school and high school as well), we played an insane amount of NBA Jam. Is was not the most realistic basketball game on the market, but it was a lot of fun. You would play two on two and there were tons of crazy catch phrases like “BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!”, “He’s building himself a house, one brick at a time!”, and “He’s on fire!” Our personal favorite was “Is it the shoes?”, which was a reference to the Spike Lee Nike commercials from the 1980’s.
Anyway, history lesson aside, I have been thinking about my shoes for this weekend’s Country Music Half Marathon. I have been dealing with some toe issues for quite a bit now. Susan is just waiting for my big toe nail to fall off (I will spare you the pictures), and I am just hoping that the toe pain from the WDW Marathon does not come back with any regularity. All of these issues have one thing in common, my shoes. Specifically, my Asics Nimbus 14’s are the culprits. The shoes are very comfortable, but they run small when compared to Brooks and some other shoe manufacturers. I have run three half marathons and a full marathon in these shoes, but there is still plenty of life left in them. I am thinking that I will transition them to my everyday shoe and go back to my Brooks Glycerin 11’s for the Country Music Marathon this weekend. I need a new pair of shoes to wear around normally anyway, and as long as I am not running in them, they fit well.
My Brooks Glycerin 11’s were the shoes that I wore during my fastest two half marathons, and they are showing some wear and tear. I ran in them last night to gauge how my feet felt in them and it went well. Ever since my injury last year, I have been quite gun-shy with my shoes and that is one reason that I had transitioned away from my Brooks.
I will probably get a new pair of the Brooks Glycerin 11’s or 12’s for the Disneyland Half. And I am not ruling out the Asics Nimbus 14’s in the future, I am just going to try a larger pair.
While I was writing this post, I came across an interesting article about Skechers sponsoring Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the Boston Marathon and American running hero. You can read it here.
This morning the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon released the medals for the event on April 26. This was the last piece of information to be released by the event since the shirt was released last month as well as the concert and new downtown starting line. So, for those who are running in the event, or want to, here is all of the released information.
Several people seem to be upset that it is gray, but I do not mind it too much.
The difference between the marathon and half marathon is a color variation. These medals reflect Nashville very well.