- Ledesma Rails to Trails 25 K, Tybee Island, GA (Jan 2013): MY FIRST LONGEST DISTANCE RUN. I kicked off 2013 with a bang and ran my first 25K. I had never run more than 13.1 miles and didn't train like I should have to prepare myself for this race. Because of my lack of training, I felt miserable. Not to mention, it was extremely hot and humid as well. The trail, consisting of oyster shells, seemed to go on and on..and on..and on...and on. I'm sure I started hallucinating as I saw mirages of the finish line..at mile 9 or something ridiculous like that. But after all was said and done, I was so proud once I crossed that finish line and vowed that I would actually take training more seriously. Also, I came to the realization that I needed to start carrying a handheld water bottle! I'm sure the hallucinations were brought on by dehydration. I'm looking forward to running this race again this Saturday!!
- Beaufort Twilight Challenge 13K, Beaufort, SC (March 2013): This was such a great race with a kick ass post party - including an oyster roast and BEER! The race was a good time as you ran through Habersham Village, a really nice area of Beaufort. My entire family ran this one which makes my heart melt. Overall, this was one of the best running moments for me. Good food, cold beer, surrounded by your loved ones and great friends - what more could you ask for?
- Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon, Bluffton, SC (March 2013): This was the inaugural Palmetto Bluff half and I had big expectations for a beautiful, scenic course. I work for a civil engineering firm and after all, this is one of our projects so I know how beautiful it is out there. What I failed to remember is that the homes are tucked away so you really can't see anything. The Village area was nice. We also had to weave around cars that were making their way through the development....overall, I wasn't too thrilled about this half. The medal was gorgeous though!
- Scenic Trail Half Marathon, Chattanooga, TN (May 2013): MY FIRST DESTINATION RUN. This was my first destination run and also my first time visiting Chattanooga. I traveled with my 2 best running buds and made a weekend out of it. The trail was gorgeous!! It was a tough race, but it made me appreciate running off pavement. I would definitely do this one again or at least another trail on a mountain. However, the half marathoners did not get a medal :( Boo!
- Girls on the Run Celebration 5K, Savannah, GA (May 2013): My kids and I ran this one out at Savannah State's campus. I had a great time running with my daughter. My son left us in his dust and we met him at the finish line with my husband. The kids had a blast which always makes it a good time! It was great to see all these kids out there who had been training for their first 5K.
- Rock n' Roll Half, Virginia Beach, VA (September 2013): I incorporated this race with a visit to my sister-in-law's in Williamsburg, VA. Her husband, a friend of his from Raleigh, and I ran the half marathon. It was incredibly HOT and humid. However, the spectators were awesome. They had sprinklers on, icy cold sponges, and ice pops to hand out to runners. It was very welcoming! I even ran into a fellow runner from Savannah at the finish line.
- Chase the Sun Ultra 6 Hour, Savannah, GA (September 2013): MY FIRST ULTRA! You had a choice of either running 6 or 12 hours. I chose 6 because I didn't have the guts to run for 12 hours. I also talked my Team In Training (oh yeah, I joined Team in Training) coach and mentor to run this with me. I ran 29 miles in 6 hours! This was a test to see if I could actually run some mileage to give me the confidence I needed for my upcoming marathon. I was stoked and totally fell in love with the ultra running community. Everyone's so laid back. No wonder it's so addicting! I'm really looking forward to doing this one again this year!! I was also asked to sing the National Anthem to kick off the race. What an honor!
- Nike Women's Marathon, San Francisco, CA (October 2013): MY FIRST MARATHON! So I joined Team in Training and fundraised and was Georgia's top fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! I was so proud! I made the commitment in May and started training with my team (love them dearly) and 7 of us traveled to California to tackle the hills of San Fran. It was such an amazing experience!!! Words just cannot express the sheer excitement, the inspiration, and the emotions running through your veins on race day. I was terrified. Did I train properly? Am I going to hit "the wall"? Am I going to make it? I did it and finished strong! I felt invincible! I had just tackled my very first marathon! And I have a medal (Tiffany's necklace) that I can wear proudly on a daily basis. It's one of my favorite accessories and goes with everything :)
- Rock n' Roll Half, Savannah, GA (November 2013): We've been blessed in having wonderful weather for the past 3 years for the Rock n' Roll half here in Savannah. It was perfect. My competitiveness got to me during the run. All I wanted to do was beat my record from my last RNR VA Beach...and I did!! However, exerting all that energy made me a couch potato for the rest of the day. Team in Training put up a sign to honor my grandfather on the race route and I never saw it because I was so focused on my time. Sometimes, you just need to take your time, enjoy your run, and take in the sights. I need to remember this!
- Enmark Bridge Run Double Pump, Savannah, GA (December 2013): MY FIRST DOUBLE PUMP! Dressed up as Wonder Woman, along with several others from Moms Run This Town, I ran my first double pump. I took it easy and really enjoyed the run. It was unusually warm for a December morning. I was in a tank top and shorts, but no complaints here. I welcomed the weather. I was also looking forward to the cup of Brunswick stew waiting for me at the finish line. They gave out medals this year to the Double Pumpers and I was ready to take on the challenge. This race is always one of my favorites!
A new year is here which means new beginnings and new goals. We're going to do big things in 2014, right?! With that said, I'd like to summarize 2013 in which many significant events happened for me. Since this blog is solely focused on my running, I'll only recap my race activities. So...get ready, set, GO!!!
In addition to running more races in 2013, I joined running groups - Savannah Striders, Moms Run This Town, and Team In Training. I love them all and it has definitely made a difference in my running. My race calendar for 2014 is already filling up fast and I just signed up with Fleet Feet's Mile Markers! Looks like I'm off to the races again and I'm looking forward to what 2014 brings!!
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!