2016 in review

A YEAR IN REVIEW

I am late to recapping 2016, and you already know I ran a marathon a month, and I ran all the Bibrave races. However I also ran many other races, and logged quite a few miles. I also like to write up a post, just so I know… helps me set new goals and I know what I am capable of doing.

In 2016 I ran a total of 1474 miles, this highlights my streak of running at least 100 miles per month. I kept track on dailymile and recently moved my stats to Strava…you can follow me if you like – https://www.strava.com/athletes/17679166

I also ran 40 races, 2 unofficial races and a relay. Those races took me from Louisiana, Colorado, Virginia, Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. I met the friends that live in my phone and even met new ones as I ran.

January: 16 – Louisiana Qtr Marathon, Baton Rouge, LA
17 – Louisiana Marathon, Baton Rouge, LA
23 – Amana Freezer 5k, Amana, IA

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February: 14 – Iowa City Valentine’s Day Marathon

March: 13 – One City Marathon, Newport News, VA
19 – Hot Dash 10 miler, MPLS, MN
26 – Easter Egg Scramble 5k, Davenport, IA

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April – 2 – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, Springfield, IL
9 – UI Doc Dash 5k, Iowa City, IA
16 – Hot Chocolate MPLS 15k, MPLS, MN
25 – QC Riverbandits 5k, Davenport, IA
30 – Rock N Roll Marathon, Nashville, TN

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May – 7 GOTR 5k, Cedar Rapids, IA
14 – Bear Stampede 5k, West Branch, IA
15- Chicagoland Marathon, Schaumberg, IL
21-23 – United Relay – IL
28 – Soldier Field 10 miler, Chicago, IL
28 – Madison Twilght 10k, Madison, WI
29 – Madison Half Marathon, Madison, WI

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June – 3 – Hospital Hill 5k
4 – Hospital Hill half Marathon Kansas City, MO
11 – Keota Fun Run 10k
18 – Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth, MN
25 – Run 4 Troops Marathon, Dubuque, IA

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July – 9 – Heritage Days 5k, Mt. Vernon, IA
16 – CVNT 50k, Iowa
30 – Fort Collins Human Race 13.1, Fort Collins, CO

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August – 6 – BTN 10k, Chicago, IL
13 – End NF 5k, Iowa City, IA
20 Moorehead Trail Mazathon, Ida Grove IA

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September – 4 – New Bo Half Marathon, Cedar Rapids, IA
5 – Run With Carl, Bettendorf, IA
18 – NFECSWI half marathon, Eagle, WI
24 – Kickoff to Kinnick 5k, Iowa City, IA
25 – Quad Cities Marathon, Moline, IL

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October – 9 – TC Marathon, MPLS, MN
14-16 Runner’s World Half and Festival, Bethlehem, PA
29 – Tulsa Run 15k, Tulsa, OK

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November – 6 – MKE Running Festival Marathon, Milwaukee, WI
13 – Madison Marathon, Madison, WI
24 – Legend of the Fall, Iowa City, IA

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December – 3 – Arctic Frog 50k

31 – Last chance 5k (not sure why the stupid format of this blog put a space in between)

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As you might have read before, I am not sure where or what 2017 holds for me. I started if off with a half marathon, which had me thinking I should work towards improving that time…but only because I am thinking Dopey 2018 and I need the best corral placement I can get. I also thought about trying to see how many races I can run in a year. I also thought about upping my game and trying to run mostly Iowa races.

All I do know… I love running… it pushes me…it inspires me… and I will continue to run until I can’t.

2015 year in review

WOW – what a year, not only with running, but life. I have been busy.

I don’t set many goals in general, but I signed up for the 2015 miles in 2015 challenge. To help me accomplish that, I also thought instead of running all the races I would try a 50k. (from 50 races to 50k)

I was also a 2015 Bibrave Pro, this kept me busy traveling, running a total of 8 races for them. I also reviewed a lot of fun products.

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I also amped up my making of head bands, local farmer’s markets, custom orders, expos and fundraisers.

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The best way to recap is month to month:

January – I started the year off with a 5k, in Florida. That’s right I had traveled to Jacksonville for the Tax Slayer Bowl, Go Hawks! Then I ran the Amana Freezer 5k later that month.

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Running – 173.02 Walking – 25.12 miles Total – 198.14

February – I celebrated another birthday. I also got back in the car to Florida, this time to Orlando for the Glass Slipper Challenge and 5k at Disney. I did hold 2 race giveaways. I was still training for my first 50k.

Running – 171.65 Walking – 21.53 Total – 193.18

March – This was one of my busiest months of the year. It was also the month of my 50k!! To kick off the month, I was back in the car headed to Denver, CO to run That Dam Half. The following weekend I was headed to Minneapolis for the Hot Dash 10  miler.  Then the next weekend, it was time for my first 50k, the Music City Trail Ultra in TN, IT SUCKED!  After a couple weeks recovery, I stayed home in IC and ran a 5k, the Doc Dash.

Running – 107.95 Walking – 20.72 Total – 128.67

April – I was in Iowa City at the beginning of the month for the Red Shamrock Trail Race. Then it was a return, my 3rd trip to Roanoke, VA for a weekend with friends at the Blue Ridge Marathon. I couldn’t rest and the next weekend I took off for Kentucky for a double race day, the KY Derby Festival Half in the morning and a local 5k in the afternoon, while getting to visit family.

I was also in the midst of farmer’s markets. I would sell throughout the summer. On Tuesday’s I would be in West Branch, and bring monster cookies or granola bars. On Sunday’s I was in North Liberty.

Running – 141.73 Walking 16.39 – Total – 158.12

May – Another busy month! I was helping with the running club’s Couch to 5k program, I had a donut fun run planned. Of course, I ran my share of races too, starting with the Prairie du Chein half in Wisconsin, then the Red Shoe 5k in Iowa City, I remained in the area the following weekend for the West Branch Bear Stampede 10k, then it was time to party with my Bibrave friends in Chicago at the Soldier Field 10 miler.

Running – 131.10 Walking – 29.65 Total 160.75

June – The year at this point has been flying by, I started June off with the Hospital Hill Re-Run, I was also an ambassador for this event in Kansas City. After this, it was a couple weeks break before I headed to Duluth, MN for Grandma’s Marathon and the 5k the evening before. If it weren’t for the bathroom break, I set a new PR in the marathon. I wasn’t done with June, I wrestled up some friends and we conquered the Run for Troops Marathon Relay.

Running – 135.47 Walking – 25.67  Total 161.14.

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July – Started off the month with a bang, I ran two 4th of July races, the Clayton Ridge Interact 5k & the MLL 5k. The following weekend I was in Iowa for the Turkey Trot in July. Then I went back for my 4th or so Moonlight Chase in Eldridge. I didn’t do a lot of traveling for races, but I traveled to St. Louis as my husband had an officiating conference there. I also learned I would be training for my second attempt at the 50k distance.

Running – 142.87 Walking – 28.52 Total – 171.39

August – The dog days of summer. It wasn’t stopping me. I started off the month by running 2 races in one day. the Fergalicious 5k in West Branch and the Iowa NF Race in Iowa City. The next weekend, it was a short trip to Durant for the Dusk Hustle 5k. Then it was time for one of the craziest running weekends I had been a part of; I ran the Madison Mini in Wi, then that afternoon the Backpocket run in IA, then the next day I ran Fort to Base in Chicago.  I ended the month with the Bill Bails 5k in Stanwood. It was now time for Iowa Hawkeye football to begin!

Running – 218.84 Walking 24.08 – Total 242.92

September – Labor day weekend, I ran 2 races. One of the worst heat wise was the Regal Run 10k in Iowa City, however the Run for Carl in Bettendorf made up for it. The next weekend I stayed home and ran Kickoff to Kinnick 5k. It was time for a practice long distance trail run, the Pleasant Creek Trail 30k, what fun! Also at this point of the football season the Hawkeye football team was undefeated.

Running – 144.67 Walking – 19.67 Total 164.34

October – It was time for my 2nd 50k attempt, at the NFEC in Wisconsin, it was also a Bibrave race, what a weekend! I became an official ultramarathoner! However, that wasn’t badass enough, I ran the Chicago Marathon the next weekend, my feet hated me! I took a week off from running, but hopped back in the car and headed to KY for the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon. By the end of October, the Hawkeye football team was still undefeated. I was also happy the outdoor market season was coming to an end.

Running – 111.95 Walking – 19.34 Total – 131.29

November – At this point, I am wondering what happened to the year, it was going by fast. I was back with my 100 mile challenge. I was also selected for jury duty, a civil case, 2 weeks, learning medical information I will never need again. I ran the Governor’s run in Scott Co Park for the 4th or 5th time. Then the next weekend it was back to Chicago to run for chocolate. I also ran the Legend of the Fall in Iowa City. The football tea ended the regular season undefeated. It was crazy!

Running – 119.68 Walking 22.56 – Total – 142.24

December – Wow, I only ran one race this month, which is rare. It was even on the last day of the month, the NYE half marathon in Santa Monica, CA. Most of the reason there was one race, I was enjoying the success of the football team. I traveled to Indianapolis for the B1G Championship game, where they finally lost. However were rewarded with the Rose Bowl. (we wont talk about the final outcome)

Running – 150.07 Walking – 30.42 Total – 180.49

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I had over 100 miles of running each month!

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I made the 2015 in 2015 goal with a total of 2032 miles. I did that all alone, and all exercise miles, I never counted daily steps. That was about 1770 miles of running. There is the 2016 in 2016 challenge, but I just didn’t want to do this again, also it’s nice not to have to log every mile.

I ran a total of 45 races. WOW, in the last 2 years that is 95 races. CRAZY!

I am back with Bibrave for 2016, which means lots of races, travel and fun products. I can’t wait!

Next year, how do I top this? I am trying for a marathon a month…yep 12 marathons….wish me luck, the crazier the goal, the happier I am.

 

 

 

2014 – Year in Review

This is my version of the Christmas brag letter, you know… that letter tucked away in a holiday card that tells everyone how the year went, usually bragging about all the trips, all the new family members, and of course all the fun. My story includes running 1404.65 miles and 50 races, bringing my overall marathon total to 6, and my half marathon list to 23. I never had a goal, I just do my best.

JANUARY – I should have known the year would be fun and full of travel by the way it started.

  • I rang in the new year in Florida. Attending the Outback Bowl, even though the outcome was not what I wanted I had a great trip. Who doesn’t love a good road trip, running on the beach, and tailgating in a Prius.
  • Then I turned around, grabbed Josh and we came back to Florida to participate in the inaugural Dopey Challenge at Disney. What a great time…we would love to do this again, just need to save up. Races 1,2,3,4
  • Once back in the frozen tundra, I signed up to run the Frostbite Footrace at the Scott Co Park. It was also a race to honor Meg. #megsmiles Race 5
  • The next weekend was a race I can never resist, the Amana Freezer 5k, because of the swag. In lieu of a shirt you can get a meat bag. This was also the coldest temp I have ever ran in, with the wind chill it was below zero. Race 6

FEBRUARY

  • My 34th birthday rolled around, I had a great idea, but I never followed through 😦
  • It took about a month to thaw out before I ran my next race, the 4 mile Chili Chase on the 23rd. Race 7
  • On the 25th, I started the Iowa City chapter of Medals for Mettle.

MARCH

  • Raced a 3.17K, the Shamrock Shuffle, learned I really don’t care for corned beef & cabbage. Race 8
  • Traveled with Josh to Kentucky, first time we had ever visited. Got to stay with family, and it was also the same time the University of Kentucky basketball team was on their run in the NCAA tournament. Also got to meet a twitter friend. We ran through horse racing country, in 35 degrees and rain at the Run the Bluegrass half marathon. Race 9

APRIL – This month was jam packed with racing

  • The first Saturday of the month, ran with Laura and Josh at the Doc Dash 5k. Race 10
  • The second Saturday, ran with Josh, Laura, Kelly & Joel at the QC River Bandits Race to Home 5k. Nothing like finishing at home plate. Race 11
  • Laura suggested we run in Marion at the Marion Rotary for Shoes half marathon. It rained. Race 12
  • Mid April I was an official BibRave Pro. #orangeisthenewfast
  • The Easter Egg Scramble 5k, set a 5k PR, sub 25 minutes. This was also my niece, Ella’s first kid run…she was not impressed. Had to drag her through the course, however she didn’t have a problem running at the post race egg hunt. Race 13
  • Josh, Tereasa and I road tripped it to Roanoke, VA for the Blue Ridge Marathon. I would be running the full again, it was Josh’s first attempt at this full and T would be doing her first 10k. We also loved coming back to hang out with our twitter friends, in real life. We will be headed back for 2015. Race 14

MAY

JUNE – With all the racing, probably in the best shape of the year

  • Convinced my sister, Amber to do some running, she ran a 5k with Laura, Josh and I, while friends Kate and the other Laura cheered us on. Machine Challenge 5k Race 21
  • Laura and I packed up our shoes and sparkle skirts and went to Kansas City, for the Hospital Hill Re-Run. A 5k Friday night and a half marathon Saturday morning, where it stormed and rained the entire race. We tried t go to a Royals game, but tickets were outrageous due to the Yankees (Jeter) being in town. Race 22, 23
  • Celebrated the first year as a blogger, gave away some head bands.
  • The next Friday Laura and I ran a small 5k in Kalona, placed in my AG. Race 24
  • June 21, Broke 2 hours in the half marathon, at the Garry Bjorklund Half in Duluth, MN. This was the first race I participated in as a BibRave Pro. My friend Kate was my personal cheer squad. Race 25
  • Ran a marathon I didn’t train for with Laura. It was all on trail, felt great afterwards. Run for Troops. Race 26
  • I started participating in area farmer’s markets

JULY

  • Rare Thursday race due to the holiday, a 10k in Washington. Not many participants, so Josh and I both placed in our AG. Race 27
  • Raced an 8K the next day with Laura and Josh in Cedar Rapids, IA, Health Solutions 8k. Grabbed a post race Miller Lite. Race 28
  • The next weekend traveled to Eldridge with Josh and Joel, met T to race the Moonlight Chase. It was delayed due to weather and rained. Race 29
  • Took the Amtrak to Chicago for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon. Raced for BibRave, met the Bibrave crew. Also met a twitter friend and stayed in a haunted hotel. Race 30
  • Went back to Chicago the next weekend with Josh, Laura (Tom) and T to run the underwhelming B1G 10k. Race 31
  • Traveled to Alburquerqe with Josh for the NASO conference.

AUGUST

  • Ran the Fergalicious 5k in West Branch, placed in my AG (only cuz Laura wasn’t there, lol) Race 32
  • Added the Amana Back Roads Half Marathon to my schedule, to say I ran 3 halfs in a month. Race 33
  • Back to Madison, for the Madison Mini, with T and Laura. Met the twitter people and had some post race brews. Ran for BibRave. Race 34
  • Asked to help with the local couch to 5k program
  • First Bibrave product review  – Jabra wireless head phones
  • Runnin for Rob 5k, volunteered & ran, it rained, not many participants got too much post race stuff. Race 35
  • Backpocket 7 mile race. It was hot! Ran with Laura, then ran with Katie, then met up with Josh and the finish, and other racers Shannon and Dave. Race 36
  • New Bo Half Marathon, Ran with Laura, Josh was there. It was hot, only water on the course. Race 37

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

  • Reviewed Hoist & Clif Products
  • Picked up a local 5k, United Way 5k, placed in my AG (Laura wasn’t there, lol) Race 42
  • Traveled to Chicago with Laura and Tom, met Kate and cheered for Laura and many others running the Chicago Marathon.
  • Run for the Schools Half Marathon. The 5k with this race was the goal for my couch to 5k group. Participated in the expo for my headbands and Medals 4 Mettle. Almost set a new PR. Race 43

NOVEMBER

  • 100 mile challenge – WHOA, this took off this year, so humbled to have done this, can’t wait til next year
  • Steve Goff 5k. Ran with Josh, Joel, and Laura at the UI XC course. Race 44
  • Reviewed Nuun, & Flipbelt, received Justin’s nut butters
  • Governor’s Cross Country Run. Ran this with Laura, we love this race, lots of fun with nature’s obstacles and terrain. Race 45
  • Laura and I met with Kate and Anna, to tackle a 5k in St. Paul, MN, the Veteran’s Day 5k. Race 46
  • Don’t Worry Be Thankful Virtual 5k. I am counting this as a race, 1) I had to pay for it 2) I got a medal. Race 47
  • Legend of the Fall Race. Josh and I ran to this race, a little trail running in Hickory Hill Park. Met some of the 100 mile challenge group. Race 48
  • Track Friday – One mile prediction race. Josh, Kate and I ran 4 circles at the track in the dark. Race 49

DECEMBER

  • Reviewed Addaday
  • Hospital Hill Ambassador & Blue Ridge Marathon Ambassador
  • Partnering with Addaday and Go Pro to create some fun videos – more to come
  • Hot Chocolate 15k, Laura, Josh and I road tripped it to St. Louis to take on this odd race distance. Race 50

I have put a lot of miles not only on my shoes, but on the car this past year. I am not sure I will ever hit 50 races in a year again. However I think instead of 50 races I will run a 50k and possibly 50 miles at once. 2015 is the year!

Hope you had a great 2014, wishing you the best in 2015.