Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My Year in Bling


This was the year I was going to add a beautiful marathon medal to my collection.  I spent months training in the heat for the Chicago Marathon which I then had to DNS.  From late September until now I've been busy rehabbing a stress fracture and lingering foot neuroma. 
 
I managed to run 18 races this year, but that's much lower than prior years.


Half Marathons = 8




 
I was thrilled to place in two half marathons!




Admittedly, a little freaky....
The other races:


1) 10k     ** 1st in Age Group


1) 7 Miler Virtual


1) 8k


1) 4 Miler  ** 1st in Age Group


6) 5ks:

**  3rd Overall Female
**  Masters Win
**  Grand Masters Win
**  3rd in Age Group (Twice)

 
 


A hand carved award from a 5k
trail run at a nature preserve.





What makes a medal extra special for you?




Thanks to the wonderful hosts of Tuesday on the Run:

Patty @ My no-guilt life!
Marcia @ Marcia's Healthy Slice
 Ericka @ MCM Mama Runs,








52 comments:

  1. Congrats on all your wins! That is awesome! I know the feeling of thinking the year is going to be THE year to run 26.2 and then not being able too. That happened to me at Big Sur. But I know. That Disney was a great first 26.2 for me and it will be for you too!

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    1. It is fitting for Disney to be my first full I think, because it was my first half!

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  2. Stress fracture aside, you've had an amazing year and have accomplished so much. Can't wait to see the wonderful things 2016 holds for you. Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. Fingers crossed Marcia. Here's to a healthy 2016.

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  3. I can't imagine where you'd be without the stress fracture but you've achieved more than most in a year - be proud. 2016 will be the year of the marathon.

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    1. That it will Darlene. Good, bad, or ugly. LOL.

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  4. Even though the year didn't end the way you had hoped, you still had a great year! Congrats on all your races/awards. I love the trophies!! Happy New Year, Ho Ho!

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    1. It was definitely a year of adjustment -- and new types of training.

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  5. We just have to look at it like this, there is a reason you got hurt. It is what it is and we don't have control over it. You have accomplished so much even with you being out for those months, a lot more than most. You got an amazing amount of cross training, met new people through your injury, formed friendships that would not have come about without it. Am I not right? Disney was just meant to be "OUR" first! BTW in 12 Days we will be running in our marathon! :)

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    1. It was a crazy, crazy year. Humbling. The support I received was truly amazing though. I can't forget that!

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  6. WOW! When you say bling, you aren't kidding! Look at all those trophies and plaques! Congratulations on a really strong year in running and cheers to 2016 being even stronger!

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    1. Thanks, Emily. I like the unusual awards. It makes them more special. Here's to 2016!

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  7. Look at all your wonderful accomplishments! 2015 proved you to take a win in the most determined category. Your never give up attitude with your training while injured is inspirational. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around that many races! You and Darlene are my racing inspiration :) I am always amazed and impressed by how much you go. I wouldn't have accomplished my little four half's if I had not "met" you, so thank you. I am going to try to expand my comfort zones in 2016.
    2016 will be your marathon year!
    I really like the carved statue you received.

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    1. You ran four half marathons and one ended up as a PR -- you had a awesome year! I'll admit to being a big obsessive. Yes, I can take training with a stupid foot injury to a whole new level. LOL.

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  8. Despite what happened in the fall, you've really had a stellar running year, can't lie I am totally jealous:) Looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings you, and how your first marathon goes!

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    1. Kristy, I hope you have a wonderful injury-free 2016! You deserve it. You've been so patient.

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  9. My most special medals are connected to what the race experience was like - the location, the vacation, the fun I had. You ran 18 races? I'm impressed!

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    1. I agree with that. It's the experiencing more than anything else that makes a great race. The medal is just icing on the cake.

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  10. Those are great accomplishments and beautiful mementos - I especially love that trail run carving. Congrats on all you did and keep pushing.

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    1. The race director has someone carve all of the awards. They are all unique. I'm very impressed with that.

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  11. Don't be so hard on yourself about the marathon. 18 races?! Holy cow, girl!

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    1. I guess I shouldn't admit I did over 40 for the last few years? 18 seemed a little lacking. Ha ha!!

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  12. What a great year you had up until you had that ugly injury. I absolutely love your hummingbird award!

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    1. I love that hummingbird too! I always appreciate awards that are different and that one certainly is. I'm sure it took a lot of time to make all of the awards.

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  13. congrats on all of those wins! I have always wanted to place in a race. and you are going to rock 2016!

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    1. It definitely helps if the races are on the smaller side. LOL.

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  14. You go girl! Look at all off those placings! Sso awesome!

    That big headed lady is a bit freaky but at the same time kind of cool!

    Congrats on a great year even with injury and rehab (which you have totally rocked!!)

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    Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. Thanks! That's a bobble head too! Even freakier. I feel like I need a rocking chair. LOL.

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  15. Nice awards! EVen the freaky runner is pretty cool! I hope your foot heals fully soon!

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    1. Thanks. I hope so too. It feels strong -- just that stupid neuroma thing.

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  16. Wow, what an amazing year! That is an impressive number of placements in races :) I love that hand carved award, so cool!

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    1. Small races = better chances. LOL. I always appreciate a unique award. The hummingbird is definitely that.

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  17. wow you rocked your year. You'd never know from browsing this post that you were injured. I only ran 3 races last year, so definitely not post worthy, LOL!!! Happy New year lady! xoxoxo

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    1. I got a little obsessive with my alternate training. Ha ha. Let's hope it pays off.

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  18. Despite your injury you had a great year! I like the hand carved bird award you got! Looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings for you!

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    1. I'm definitely hoping for an injury free 2016! Nothing else really matters.

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  19. Awesome! look at all those age group awards! Despite the foot injury your year rocked! I love all the bling, makes the event just that much more fun!

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    1. This running thing is tough stuff! It is nice to be rewarded for all of your hard work, you know?

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  20. This post makes me smile. Congrats on all those awards. You still ran alot of races despite your injury. I hope 2016 is a much better year for you. I enjoyed some success with AG awards in 2015, but my biggest accomplishment was finishing Boston after food poisoning. Hope to see you next week in FL

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    1. I still can't believe what happen to you in Boston. How you ran that race is beyond me! You are tough.

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  21. Sorry for second comment, but we are rebranded from We Run Disney to Two Runners Travel! :)

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    1. Congratulations! I saw that. I've tried to comment over there, but can't.

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  22. Nice bling! What a great year even with your injury.

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    1. Thanks. Here's to an injury free 2016!

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  23. I really like the hand carved bird, how interesting. How is Sunday looking ?

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    1. Very interesting, which makes it more special. Sunday is a GO. Ready or not...

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  24. This year in bling is such a neat concept! I love that little 5K award - it's neat. My husband and I ran a race at The Biltmore in North Carolina in 2014 and their finisher's medals were wooden medals that had been carved by the local high school's wood shop class. Very neat! They are very intricate and have a lot of detail on them.

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    1. I love the Biltmore! It would be so cool to run there. I've received a wooden medal before and think they are very neat.

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  25. I love the year in bling idea. I've got one of those bobble heads from the CCAD 5K. I hate I missed it this year. Mom and I ran a half that weekend. I also love the hand carved hummingbird one. Is it from from the Critter Crawl? Good luck in 2016! Hope to see you at a local race sometime.

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    1. CCAD was muggy and rainy this year and hardly anyone came. That's how I placed third overall. LOL. Yes, the bird is from Critter Crawl. I like that race but it usually interferes with Mercedes or some other half. I'm sure we'll run into each other this year.

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  26. You had a really great year, despite the injury setback. I love the nature preserve award - that is so cool!

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    1. The nature preserve is a very cool 5k or 10k trail race. They go the extra mile with making special handmade awards.

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