The year was 2019, and it served me well.
Lots of races run, 19 in total. And, there was a nice haul of bling brought home.
Shall we play a quick game of Show and Tell?
Here's where my racing shoes took me...
Freezefest 5K (Feb. 16th, Marian, IA). A cold morning, but with a lack of wind, it was quite nice. I ran this race (accidentally) sans music and Garmin, and finished in 25:56.
|2nd place AG
Heroes Memorial Run 10K (March 22nd, St. Petersburg, FL). A unique race run on the downtown streets of St. Pete, this race happened on a Friday evening while the hubby and I were on spring break. My finish time was a pleasant surprise (54:51), and rewarded me with a 2nd place AG and a top 20-(female) finisher plaque.
Chocoholic Frolic 10K (March 30th, Iowa City, IA) My third 10K of the month, this one had me facing a fierce Iowa wind on a chilly spring morning. Apparently the tailwind counter-acted the headwind well, and pushed me to a near 10K PR (53:57).
|1st place AG
Drake Road Races Half Marathon (April 20th, Des Moines, IA) Another favorite race, this hilly route showcases some scenic neighborhoods and ends with a lap on the famous blue oval in Drake Stadium. We had beautiful weather this year, which is seldom the case this time of year in Iowa.
|A course PR, with a finish time of 2:04:32
|4th place AG out of 73
DAM to DSM 20K (June 1, Des Moines, IA) A favorite race with a new name. This was my 12th time running the Dam race that will always be my favorite.
|2:02:14, one of my better finish times
|43:10, 3rd place AG
Midnight Madness 15K (July 13th, Ames, IA) This is a fun, action-packed event held in the evening (hence the name). There's a 5K route, which you can run once (for the 5K race) or you can run it twice (for the 10K race). Some of us even run that same route three times, all in one evening. The longtime race director was retiring, so they had commemorative medals honoring him (for the age group winners). This event is also the Iowa Games 5K and 10K championships, so there were AG awards for those as well. I was able to snag a third place AG finish in both the 5K (27:00) and 10K (56:58)...so I brought home four medals on that hot summer night.
Quad Cities Times Bix-7 (July 27, Davenport, IA) It had been five years since I'd last run the Bix and I was ever-so-eager to return and take on the 7-miles of hills this race is famous for. It's always hot, and it's always humid...but that's part of the allure. No age group honors, but I set a new course PR with my finish time of 2:04:22. I beat my old PR by 52 seconds, which was from nine years ago.
NewBo Half Marathon (Sept 2, Cedar Rapids, IA) This was my second year running the NewBo, and it's already a race that has become a new favorite. There's a great mix of rolling hills (with a couple of big ones in there), country roads, and several miles of woodland trails (some of them gravel). I didn't quite make my sub-2:00 goal, but I came close...2:01:10, which was still a significant course PR. I was good with that!
Kickoff to Kinnick 5K (September 21st, Iowa City, IA) The weather gods didn't want to play nice...after a couple of delayed start times, the race was finally called off. By the time we'd waited inline for our medals, though, the threat of lightning had ceased and the rain had cleared. Several of us decided to run the race course anyways.
Run for the Roses 10K (October 13th, Ames, IA) With the Marine Corps Marathon looming a couple weeks away, I was in taper mode. I still wanted to do a tempo-ish run, though, so this race was a perfect fit. It was another hilly adventure (I'm not sure how I keep finding these), and the morning temps were damp, cold and windy. It was a route I was not familiar with, which I guess worked to my advantage. My finish time (53:38) wound up being a legit 10K PR, squeaking by a long-standing PR from seven years ago.
|1st place AG
Marine Corps Marathon (October 27th, Arlington, VA/Washington DC) I've had this race on my bucket list from the beginning, and it was an amazing event. Granted, there were almost 19 miles in a downpour (and occasional standing water to wade through), my wet clothes (including my socks and shoes) never dried out because it was so humid, and it got really hot in the final miles when the sun did shine brightly on us. So many runners DNF'd, but I was not one of them. It truly was a great day despite all the frustrations of the circumstances. Even my finish time (5:09:34) was nowhere close to what it should have been...but I have no regrets.
How did 2019 play out for you? Any great races? Fun events? Proud moments? Pretty bling?