2019 Year In Review – Funner Runner
2019 used to be tough now and then, however has been lovely superb, and I will simplest hope that 2020 can most sensible it! I am hoping you all experience a glance again at my 2019!
What a wild climate month it used to be in January! The 12 months kicked off with a drizzly however delicate temp get started when the Resolution Run 5K on New Year’s Day (a lot better than remaining 12 months). A couple of days later I raced in my pajamas in sunny and 30s. However absolutely the spotlight used to be finishing my first Goofy Challenge at Disney that consisted of a part marathon on Saturday and whole marathon on Sunday for 39.three magical miles. To at the present time I’m nonetheless grinning about my fulfillment that weekend!
February felt like a whirlwind evidently.I iced over some extra, attempted to dodge rain (once in a while no longer moderately such a success) and did a little bit touring. We went from cold climate on the Fast Break 5K to moderately heat(er) temps the following week at Hot Chocolate 15Ok (particularly in comparison to remaining 12 months!). Before I knew it, Princess Half Marathon weekend 2019 used to be right here and I ran 22.four magical miles over the weekend (5K, 10Ok, and half of Marathon) which used to be additionally my 99th part marathon. What a paranormal position to make magical reminiscences with family and friends!
March used to be undoubtedly essentially the most race stuffed month for me up to now. From operating a as soon as in a existence time match checking out the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials path at Road To Gold eight.2 miler to 3 impediment path races (Terrain Race, Savage Race, and Savage Blitz) to the Atlanta Half Marathon and an area 5K, there used to be little time for leisure in March.
April began off with again-to-again ladies’s races. First used to be the Savannah Women’s half of Marathon – I felt like I may be able to PR right here however after a powerful first nine miles I hit a significant wall because of warmth/solar and struggled the general four miles and neglected my objective. After getting glammed up with my women for the the primary few weeks of April, it used to be time to get again into the dust! My first Spartan Race of 2019 used to be ran at Lake Lanier which used to be a completely superb venue and path! I even shaved over an hour off of my 2019 Spartan Sprint time!
A amusing stuffed weekend in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh 5K and half of Marathon began off the month. The summer season solar and warmth got here in depraved speedy as soon as May hit – time to decelerate my tempo and miles a bit of till fall I assume. Due to summer season prerequisites, numerous native races in Atlanta are basically 5K with occasional 10Ok and part marathons till fall. The Kennesaw Grand Prix Series 2019 kicked off once more with the Swift Cantrell Classic 5K which is at all times a good time. I wrapped up May by means of operating the Beignet Dash at Walt Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter. Oh, this additionally took place to be the five 12 months mark of my runstreak! What higher position to have a good time than at Disney?!?! Thank you once more to the forged individuals that made it a memorable day!
Then there’s June. June used to be a lovely month. The month used to be stuffed with superior races that we favorites of previous years in conjunction with some new ones. My favourite race of the month used to be most likely Turtle Trot 5K and the all new Hotlanta 5K. That’s proper, one in every of my favourite Atlanta part marathons added a 5K this 12 months which I were given to run with Julia by means of my aspect. For the ones questioning, sure, Hotlanta Half Marathon & 5K lived as much as its identify, however Julia and I nonetheless had a blast operating it in combination. I additionally ran the Summer Steamer 5K for the primary time in about three years on a brand new path which used to be superb. Finally, I wrapped up June with the Never Run/Walk Alone 5K the place I snagged third position in my age workforce – a horny candy technique to finish the primary part the 12 months.
Hey there, July! The first part of 2019 in reality flew by means of and it used to be July with the blink of a watch. Thankfully we simply had “seasonably hot” climate in Atlanta with no longer a lot “extreme heat” this 12 months. First up in July used to be my annual travel down Peachtree on the 50th operating of the Peachtree Road Race 10Ok. This is at all times an excellent time and this 12 months used to be no other! As I geared extra in opposition to 5Ks this 12 months, I were given to run quite a lot of “new to me” races which integrated two in July: Bend Your Knees 5K and Hot Fun within the Summer Sun 5K.
With August being one in every of the most up to date months in Atlanta, you do not to find many longer distance races within the space so I simply went 5K loopy in August. One of the highlights used to be my double race day which integrated the Rugged Maniac 5K and Alien 5K. With twelve hours I had crossed two end strains and drove throughout metro Atlanta. Was it value? Absolutely! It used to be a loopy superior day and I’d completely do it once more.
September used to be stuffed with extra “new to me” races together with my first move nation race (Wingfoot XC Classic), Dream Mile 10Ok, and crossing off one in every of my bucket listing races at Mayor’s 5K at the fifth Runway! My favourite second although used to be taking part in my 2nd fundraiser of 2019 for the Alzheimer’s Association and elevating over $500 in reminiscence of my grandma.
Summer climate greeted us for October however temporarily modified to extra like early wintry weather by means of the center of the month. This month used to be stuffed with impediment path racing. First, I ran my 2nd Spartan Sprint of the 12 months with two superb buddies (one in every of which used to be a Spartan amateur). In the center of the month I took on Trippadoodle’s 5K and the Atlanta 10 Miler. Finally, I finished my 2nd Savage Race and 2nd Savage Blitz of the 12 months and earned my 3rd and fourth Syndicate Medals.
To be fair, I used to be a little bit anxious about November. There have been numerous miles and travels forward of me. I knew it will be value it although. Last 12 months I ran the inaugural Alpharetta Women’s Half Marathon which I loved, however this 12 months I opted for the 5K as an alternative. I then took at the the Run Like MADD 5K and completed at the 50 backyard line of Mercedes Benz Stadium after which were given muddy at Tough Mudder Atlanta.
Next I headed out to Las Vegas for one of the crucial absolute greatest and highest operating events of the 12 months, Rock n Roll Las Vegas! Well, in fact it used to be a triple race weekend which I referred to as #SpartanToStrip. Saturday morning I went to Laughlin, NV to run Spartan Super then I ran the 5K on Saturday night time then took the Las Vegas Strip by means of typhoon on Sunday for the 10Ok. While Las Vegas used to be amusing and video games, I had moderately a task forward of me a couple of days after coming house – Spartan Beast. I headed about 3 hours away to North Carolina for 14.5ish miles of chilly rain, dust, and hindrances. It used to be in truth essentially the most grueling revel in I will bear in mind. Just 5 days post-Spartan Beast, I ran my first part marathon in over six months – Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. My legs have been drained however I had a good time operating it and playing one in every of my favourite classes.
After a loopy October and November, I used to be satisfied to have a lighter December calendar with simply two races on faucet. First, I ran in a field on the Jingle Jog 5K and my provide gown gained the gown contest. I then wrapped up 2019 with the Locomotive 5K which used to be my first time operating the 5K moderately than the half of marathon. Having a lighter race time table in December used to be undoubtedly great as it allowed me to spend time with friends and family all through the vacation season.
Question of the Day: What have been a few of your greatest accomplishments of 2019? What are your targets for the approaching 12 months?