2013 Running And Racing Year Recap

To celebrate this last day of 2013, I’ve put together the year in pictures…

Unfortunately, I’m not starting off very well since didn’t start blogging until January 31st, and until then didn’t feel the need to photograph every moment of my life.  Believe it or not, I have no running pictures from January!

On this particular Saturday morning in February, only Cruiser Chicks Kim, Amanda, Beth, and I showed up for our long run.  This gave us ample opportunity to scheme about a Cruisers Chicks Cruise!  Currently it’s scheduled for spring 2015.  Who’s joining us?

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March brought our Annual Easter Bunny Hop; and yes, Beth and I look adorable ridiculous in our bunny ears, but we had to dress appropriately to hand out Easter treats of chocolate milk, Sports Beans, and Shot Bloks!

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In April, Bill and I ran the 3.2-Mile Run In Remembrance on the Virginia Tech campus with Kelly, Becky, and Julie; and I got to meet and run with Meagan for the first of three runs in 2013!

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The GW Parkway Classic Ten-Miler is a Cruisers favorite; and late April found Bill, Beth, Lolly, Kim, Amanda, and me at the starting line!

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month so appropriately, Jessica, Lolly and I ran in the TKO Melanoma 5K, a race close to my heart…

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Crusiers Kim, Bill, Julie, Joseph,Janet, Joe, Vamshi, Amit, and I ran in the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon on a hot and humid day in June.  One or two of us may have landed in the medical tent after the race…

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Cruisers Joe, Terri, Vamshi, Chuck, Amanda, Bill, Alan, and I met for a special mid-week run in early June to celebrate National Running Day!

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Also in June, MilesRun Group from Maryland brought their annual event called Miles Pancake Run to Virginia. My friend Rich surprised us with a sign!

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Joseph, Julie, Bill, and I decided at the last minute to sign up for the Firecracker 5K  on July 4th.  Cruiser Kim ran the race, too, but we didn’t see her until after the race.

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Also in July, the Cruisers hosted the Cruisers’ W&OD 45-Mile Ultramarathon and welcomed Joseph to the ranks of ultramarathoner!  Various Cruisers staged themselves along the trail so Joseph would have a running buddy the entire length of his run.  Beth, Julie, Bill, and I ran him in to the finish line.

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August took us to Virginia Beach for a wedding and Bill, Julie and I started the morning with a 12-mile training run on the boardwalk early that morning.

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The race I’d waited all summer for, the Hokie Half Marathon, finally arrived in September; and it was as much fun as I’d anticipated!  I ran it with Bill, Julie, Meagan, and Cassy.

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October found me out of town for half of the month visiting my sick dad, and then supporting my mom after his sudden and unexpected death.  Bill and I found time to steal away and run the difficult trail at Molly’s Knob to clear our heads.  The one positive that came out of that time was falling in love with trail running.

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Early November brought our first frosty run and despite the cold morning, we had a great Cruiser turnout.  Bob, Vamshi, Jerome, Amanda, Chuck, Bill, and I propped up my camera to get this group shot.

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On Thanksgiving morning we ran in the annual Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K and 10K.  It was hilarious watching Daniel chase Julie while shouting, “Come back here turkey, I just want to talk!”

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Our December Run With Santa 5K couldn’t have been more perfect because it started snowing hard just before the race started!  Despite several Cruisers signing up for the event, the snow (and work) kept everyone away except Chuck and me.

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  •  Questions:
  • How many races did you run in 2013?
  • Have you finalized your fitness goals for 2014? ~ I’m finalizing mine
  • What are your plans for tonight?

18 Comments

  1. December 31, 2013    

    I LOVE this! Picture recaps are my favorite and your pics are great. You have such a fun group of people to run with. I have yet to run with anybody from the running group I joined in November. They have Thursday pub runs every week, but they start before I get out of work so it will never work out for me and I wasn’t able to do their December race. I hope I get to know some of them in 2014.

    I did 15 total races in 2013, 2 of which were my mud runs (so addicting). I just finalized my actual goals for the year and while there aren’t many, they’re tough for me. I’ve also now officially signed up for 2 of the races I planned on doing.

    As for tonight, our friends are coming down unexpectedly. I didn’t find out until last night so we don’t really have anything planned. I have to work my normal hours until 6:00 (it’s month end and all) and they and my wife all have to work a regular day too…I doubt any of us will make it until midnight honestly! LOL

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 31, 2013    

      Thanks! Fifteen races for a newbie runner is amazing! Go you! Happy New Year!

  2. December 31, 2013    

    11 races for me this year!! And currently deciding on my goals for 2014!! Unfortunately nothing exciting for us tonight, I have to work a day shift tomorrow at 7am for 12 hours, so I will be in bed early!! Happy New Year! Love the pics! Will you be doing the GW Parkway 10 Miler again??

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 31, 2013    

      Eleven races is amazing for your comeback year! Congratulations!

      I’m not sure if we will be able to run the GW Parkway Classic this year or not. I’m waiting to see when the Virginia Tech spring game is scheduled and it’s usually that same weekend.

  3. December 31, 2013    

    Wow- did you ever have a great year of running in 2013! I love all the photos! I think my favourite is still the ultra you planned for your son- so awesome!
    Sadly I only did three races! I still have no idea what my fitness goals are for 2014!

    • December 31, 2013    

      Well done on a great year of running – I love that it snowed for your Santa run!
      I ran seven races in 2013 and hope to run more in 2014 as I’m not going to get injured!

      • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
        December 31, 2013    

        Here’s to an injury free 2014!!!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 31, 2013    

      Thanks, it was definitely nice to have such a good year after my injury the previous year!

  4. December 31, 2013    

    Loved your running recap! The pic of you and Bill at Molly’s Knob is amazing. The hubs and I have to check that out!! Happy New Years!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      December 31, 2013    

      Thanks, and Happy New Year to you, too, Nicole!

  5. January 1, 2014    

    I love looking back on your year of running! I have no fitness goals right now. I am still dealing with my hives/autoimmune issues and just want to get through all of it right now before I start scheduling any races etc. Hope you have a wonderful New Year and a happy and healthy 2014!!!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      January 1, 2014    

      I hope you can get that under control and start feeling better soon!

  6. January 1, 2014    

    What a great running year! Here’s to more races together this year! :)

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      January 1, 2014    

      Check out my list of races for 2014 and let me know if you’re running any of them! I just updated my sidebar with my 2014 race schedule.

  7. January 2, 2014    

    What a great series of photos! I love that you had so many people to race with. I ran 20 in 2013–my most ever!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      January 2, 2014    

      Wow! Twenty races in one year is amazing! How many do you have targeted for 2014?

  8. January 5, 2014    

    Isn’t it funny how we never took pictures of everything before having a blog?? I hardly used my digital camera before January 2013 and certainly didn’t take it along with me on runs or during races! If I didn’t have a blog, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how many races I ran in 2013 without flipping through my running log, but now it’s easy! I ran 14 races :)

    Happy New Years!

    • Deb Runs's Gravatar Deb Runs
      January 5, 2014    

      Wow, 14 races is a lot; congrats! I’m lucky that I was able to run two of those with you!

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2014 Race Schedule

February 9 - Run Your Heart Out 5K
March 2 - Reston 10-Miler
April 6 - Fountainhead Park Backyard Burn 10-Miler
April 13 - Loudoun Half Marathon
May 10 - TKO Melanoma 5K
June 14 - Varmint Half Marathon
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
August 17 - Leesburg 20K
September 12 & 13 - DC Ragnar Relay
October 12 - Hokie Half Marathon
November 27 - Thanksgiving Day 5K or 10K
December 7 - Run With Santa 5K

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - only true trail marathon

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