So the year held a lot of promise but it also held a great deal of doubt. And sometimes that is a wonderful combination! I hope you enjoy my year of marathoning in review.
|They were tight too.|
01.09.10 Mississippi Blues Marathon (2:59:02; 17th place overall)
This marathon had two things important about. First I reinstated my Charity Chaser role so I needed to run fast and pass as many people as possible. Second, this would be the first time ever I would be doing a Saturday/Sunday marathon combo. As such it was a complete unknown to me. The X-factor for this particular race was the weather. It was COLD. 14 degrees at the start of the race cold. I think that helped me run fast because I simply wanted to get inside and get warm!
01.10.10 First Light Marathon (3:17:37; 21st overall)
With my second marathon in less than 24 hours, I did not know what to expect. However, I said I wanted to run a 3:17xx to knock off my first ever 3:17 and I kept to that throughout the race. I also had the pleasure of helping the eventual women’s winner get to the finish. Running in Mobile for the race and organization (L’Arche) which was the beneficiary of all my fundraising efforts in 2006 was a special treat as well. Full Recap
|I paced the heck out of that race.|
01.24.10 Carlsbad Marathon (3:09:52; 36th overall)
For the third straight year I was pacing the 3:10 group at the Carlsbad Marathon and for the third straight year I did a fairly good job. I had previously run 3:09:50 and 3:09:52 so my repeat 3:09:52 was quite sweet.Full Recap
01.31.10 Miami Marathon (3:18:55; 137th overall)
One week before my first big tune-up race for my 202 mile (the 50 mile Rocky Raccoon race in Texas) my goal was to go nice and easy in Miami. The humidity made sure I stuck to that as I sauntered home in a very muggy day. Full Recap
02.21.10 Pasadena Marathon (3:10:41; 18th overall)
After getting the flu just 72 hours before the Rocky Raccoon Marathon which caused me to DNF at mile 33, I quickly found another 50 mile race the next weekend prior to this race (supposed to be a rest weekend) and was fortunate enough to get a course record and a win. I was particularly fired up for this race because of events completely non-related to running and probably ran faster than I should have. Full Recap
02.27.10 Cowtown Marathon (3:21:15; 56th overall)
Continuing both my quest to run intelligently and knock off never-before-run times, I decided to run a 3:21 at Cowtown. Lingering soreness in my legs from the two 50 mile races made sure I went no faster. Full Recap
04.11.10 St. Louis Marathon (3:14:06; 75th overall)
After a month of nothing but half marathons, I went into my second 100 mile attempt hoping to get one final great race prior to the 202 miler. I did not get such a race. 50 miles in I had to drop to that option and call it a day. Here, two weeks later, I was just getting my final tune-up run in. The sun really began to wilt runners on this day and I was happy to get done when I did. Full Recap
05.30.10 Stillwater Marathon (3:24:26; 19th overall)
|Well, at least I got three more miles of pretty!|
06.06.10 Lewis & Clark Marathon (3:27:27; 7th overall)
One week after a tough day of racing I made an impromptu drive to get my first marathon run in Montana. Unfortunately, I made some wrong turns on the race course and ran much closer to 29 miles than I did 26.2. At high elevation and extra 20 minutes of running in the wrong direction is not fun. Good thing it was gorgeous in Big Sky Country! Full Recap
09.19.10 Maui Marathon (3:52:38; 80th overall)
10.10.10 Prairie Fire Wichita Marathon (3:07:46; 13th overall)
|Real men hug.|
10.16.10 Kansas City Marathon (3:09:46; 35th overall)
On a hilly course I was happy to eke out another Boston Qualifying time even after numerous restroom breaks had taken serious minutes off my time. A busy day that had me then driving to Lawrence, Kansas, then back and then flying to Denver to cheer on friends running the Denver Marathon the next day had me utterly zapped come nightfall. But had a home grilled filet mignon at the house of a friend to end the day. Pretty much the best way one could possibly end a marathon day! Full Recap
|OK, awesome people period hug.|
Much to my chagrin, even late October is hot and humid in Florida. But when you get to pick up the lead female runner and help her to victory, in her first marathon ever, on her birthday, chances are it will remain one of your favorite racing moments ever. Full Recap
10.31.10 Marine Corps Marathon (3:09:14; 310th overall)
I was hoping to eliminate the final time I have never run between 3:00 and 3:30 but running a nice and evenly paced 3:02 at the only race I had ever run four separate times. However, I completely misjudged where the bag drop-off was and raced 2 solid miles in a complete huff, with some of that happening after the gun had fired. I kept that 3:02 pace for 3 hours and 2 minutes of running. Too bad that put me at mile 24 where I promptly fell apart. Eked out another Boston Qualifying time though. Full Recap
12.05.10 Dallas White Rock Marathon (3:02:47; 81st overall)
With cold temperatures and the beginnings of one of the sorest throats I have ever had, the Dallas White Rock Marathon did not look like the place where I would get that elusive 3:02. As fate would have it, I was lucky enough to push through and finally nab it in spite of a previous week which included family illness, personal strife and me being in a car accident which totaled my beloved car. You just never know when it will be your day.Full Recap
12.12.10 Kiawah Island Marathon (3:05:41; 29th overall)
This year marked the first time since 2003 when I did not set a new personal best. That streak coming to an end stings a little. But I also ended my streak of attending at least one home Penn State game as well and that streak started 17 years ago in 1994. Sometimes things must simply come to an end. In hindsight, this was a year of incredible success, unthinkable lows and unfathomable highs. And to be completely frank, I am not even talking about running.
I am ready for the excitement that 2011 will be bringing me. I am taking on a new sport (triathlon), potentially moving to a new city (a couple of options are on the table) and looking for wind to blow some sails in good directions. I will plan and coordinate and have it all figured out – and then have it promptly blown to smithereens by Martin Luther King Jr Day at the latest. And that is half of the fun.
Hope your 2010 ends wonderfully and 2011 is your best year yet!