This year, 2018 has been a big year for me. I went on lots of great adventures, became a Yoga instructor, finished my college degree, gained a lot of wonderful friends, and started working on becoming a stronger runner. 2019 is shaping up to be my best year yet. I have so many fun races on the books and I know there will be a whole new set of adventures I will embark on. I am working hard to reach my sub 30 goal in 2019 and now that I have plenty of free time, I think I will be accomplishing that goal pretty soon. For this year’s, year in review post, I decided I will feature a race or two from each month out of the year. It has been a fun ride and I am looking forward to the New Year! Thank you to every single one of my friends for all the support and friendship this year. I can’t wait for more great adventures with you all in 2019!
January – Frosty Owl 5K
This was the first race I have ever planned and it doesn’t feel like this was almost a year ago. There was a lot of hard work and dedication that went into this race. It really does take a lot of time to plan a one hour run. There’s so much that has to be considered and of course, you have to have lots of sponsorship money to even think about holding a race. That’s the most stressful part is getting sponsorship money. With the help of a great friend though, the race came together and was very successful. We had over 200 people who registered which is a big deal for a first race. I cannot even begin to tell you how much the support from all of my friends who came to run the race meant to me. It meant so much to have so many of you there. I also can’t forget to give another very special thank you to all of my coworkers who came together to volunteer at the race. If it wasn’t for them and my assistant race director, the race wouldn’t have been possible. Unfortunately, there will not be another Frosty Owl in 2019, due to staff changes at the college. Overall, it was a good experience and it’s something I can say I did.
February- Disney Princess Half & 5K
This was my first time at Disney World and I loved it! I ran the Disney Princess half marathon and 5K which were amazing except for the 3:30 AM bus departure time. That’s very early to have to be anywhere but the reason it’s that way is because all of the races are ran before the parks open to the public. Y’all want to know what else? Dreams really do come true! I got to meet Mickey and Minnie which was the highlight of the trip for me. Anyone thinking of running one of the Disney races, I will say it’s a once in a lifetime experience! Go do it! If you are limited for time, make sure to at least visit Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom while you are there! You will need at least a week to do everything Disney has to offer so don’t get overwhelmed trying to pack everything in to just a few days. It’s unreal the depth of magic there is at the parks and the level of entertainment and uniqueness each park brings. I could write forever about Disney so I will end by saying it was definitely the best trip of 2018.
March- Frank Baccus 5K
This Easter race is one of my favorite races to run during the year. We always see so many people from our running family at this race, so it’s hard not to mark it as a favorite for that reason a lone. This race offers a pretty flat course so it’s great for those of you looking to set a good clock time! They have neat clay pottery crosses as the awards so I look forward to this race every year!
April- Cooper River Bridge Run
I know I say I have a lot of favorite races during a years time but this one stands out the most. I truly loved everything about this race. From the super awesome expo to the finish line festival, you can’t find a more organized race then this one. For those of you who may not know, the Cooper River is the third largest 10K in the world. They have a huge fun expo that gives out tons of neat samples. My friend came with me who is not a runner but even she enjoyed the expo. My favorite thing about the race was getting to run over the Cooper River Bridge. It’s such a neat experience and yes the hill going up is no fun but the view is awesome. Of course, I had to be one of the 1,000’s of people who stopped for a selfie at the top! I will certainly be doing this race again in the future. It may even become a tradition!
May- Covington Firehouse 5K
I really like running in Covington! There are so many fun races held in Covington throughout the year. My goal is to one year place at this race. They have really cute pottery awards that are in the shape of a firehouse dog or fire hydrant. Oh how I would love to get one of those cute awards. Maybe next year if I keep training the way I am now I will have the chance at getting one!
June- Raleigh Half Marathon
The Raleigh Half marked my 10th half marathon! Talk about a hilly one, this one certainly made those Athens hills look like little mole hills! Even with all the hills and heat , I did enjoy this race. My friend invited me to this one so it will be one I will always remember. While I was running, I was struggling bad and was about to loose all motivation when this lady asked would I like a running partner. I gladly said yes and we stayed together for the entire race! It was awesome to have someone there so we could motivate one another! I wouldn’t have finished when I did if it wasn’t for her. I also didn’t realize how up and coming Raleigh is. Such a fun area with great restaurants and shops!
July- Peachtree Road Race
The Peachtree Road Race will always be a favorite race of mine. How many people can say they have ran a race with 60,000 other people! For those of you who may not know, the Peachtree is the largest 10K in the world. I have ran this race the last two years and enjoyed every minute of it. There is only one race where you can find people handing out pizza and beer and that’s the Peachtree. Now, I don’t grab any of the pizza or beer that is handed my way because I would honestly puke because of the heat. I’m not sure how people can stomach it but they do! Everyone talks about cardiac hill, but I have yet to see this hill. I think I am so entertained by everything going on, I don’t pay it any attention. I guess that’s a good thing! I can’t wait for next year’s Peachtree, it is going to be the 50th year! You know they will do something special for the 50th!
August- Brain Fitness 5K
The Brian Fitness 5K is a local run put on by a good friend of ours. It’s a great race and he always serves breakfast to all runners at the end. Who doesn’t love a good breakfast after a run? The picture here says it all. Us girls love our cupcakes!
September – Fuzz Run & Mercedes Benz 5K
September is the month for awesome races so I couldn’t pick just one. The Fuzz Run was really neat this year because of the amount of support that was shown for an fallen officer. Police officers from all over the state of Georgia came to show their support and we were greeted at the finish line with a row of police cars with their lights on. It was really cool to see so many people come run this race. I think there was close to 5,000 people who were there this year.
Mercedes- Benz 5K: My favorite thing about this race is getting to finish on the 50 yard line of the Falcons stadium. Such a neat experience that takes you on to the field of the football stadium. Every year they have really neat finisher medals. The whole family ran this year!
October- Tanger Fit 5K
This is another local race that I enjoy running. I had to miss it last year because of my teacher training classes so I was happy to get to run it this year. It goes to a super great cause! Once again, the whole family ran this one! They have really neat finisher medals that are given to all runners.
November- Faith, Hope, Cure 5K
A great friend of ours put together this race and it was wonderful. The race went to a great cause and it was so nice to see how much work went in to making this an awesome run for all involved. You couldn’t have asked for a better course down a country road, which was a flat out and back. I had a great clock time and placed first in my age group. I will certainly run this race again next year if they have it again.
December- Santa Stroll 8K, Grinch Run, & Whoville Hustle
Since I have not posted any December recaps, I figured I would feature the last three races I ran in December.
December has been a great month for races and training runs. I had a PR at the Santa Stroll 8K on December 15th. I ran a 53:10 and placed 2nd in my age group. I really enjoy the Santa Stroll 8K because it is a great out and back course and it’s a run that most of the running family comes to. It’s kind of like a end of the year party! I think each year, I am going to try to beat my time from the year before. One year it took me over an hour to finish this race, so you can see how far I have come.
Who doesn’t love the Grinch? The Grinch run was one fun race and perfect to get you in the spirit of the Christmas season. This race was ran in Gainesville and I had a rocking awesome time up until the 3rd mile. At mile 2, I saw 19 minutes on my watch. I never see 19 minutes at mile 2 so that in it’s self was awesome. The last mile was like winding through a maze. At one point I looked up and saw people at the top and was wondering if I was ever going to get there. I finished in 33:46 which is pretty awesome for a hilly course.
The last race for 2018 was the annual Christmas Eve run in Dacula. This year’s theme was the Grinch and the run was called the Whoville Hustle. This run has become a tradition that we do every Christmas Eve. This is another very hilly course but I ran it in 33:40, which happens to be my best time ever for this course. We actually figured out that the course was long so if it had been exactly 3.1 I would have ran a 33:07 with the pace I was going. That means I am almost at 32 minutes on a hilly course! I can’t wait to see what I can do a flat course! Looks like we will find out in 2019!
I am really looking forward to all of the great races in 2019. I am also looking forward to seeing if 2019 will be the year I finally reach my goal! I have really enjoyed racing with all of you this past year and can’t wait for many more races to come! See you guys on the road!