Blogging Specifically to Recap Races
After my 2010 Boston Marathon, I wrote up a recap in a notes file on my Facebook. A couple of years later, I started blogging specifically to recap races. By the time I started my blog, though, my marathon days were behind me. I had so many fabulous memories from running 40 marathons and one ultra that I started a series of throwback race recaps. I scanned old pictures, Googled course maps, photographed race bibs, shirts, and medals, and even contacted running friends for their input as I wove the story together. The throwback recaps were popular, especially from a hair and fashion perspective.
Bragging About Some of Those Marathons
From all those marathons, two things stand out for which I’m most proud. First, I qualified for Boston at my very first marathon, the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon. Second, two years in a row I ran three marathons in four weeks and ran Boston qualifying times at all of the races.
2002 (45 years old)
- • Baltimore Marathon (October 19) – 3:44:55 (8:35 pace) (1st place age group)
- • Marine Corps Marathon (October 27) – 3:56:39 (9:01 pace)
- • Marathon In The Parks (November 17) – 3:59:34 (9:08 pace)
2003 (46 years old)
- • Baltimore Marathon (October 18) – 3:57:37 (9:04 pace)
- • Marine Corps Marathon (October 26) – 3:56:02 (9:00 pace)
- • Marathon In The Parks (November 9) – 3:57:37 (9:04 pace)
My complete list of all 150 race results with links to recaps can be found here. My oldest races/recaps date back to 1980, 5K’s now outnumber marathons, and fewer races are added each year. I still enjoy time with running friends, often over lunch or dinner instead of on the running trail, and I’m grateful for having had so many wonderful running adventures over the years.
- • What was your greatest or proudest athletic accomplishment?
- • If you run, do you participate in races?
- • If you blog, how long have you been blogging? ~I started my blog in January 2013.