Linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.
This year I ran 9 races (well 10 if you count the Illinois Marathon Relay) and earned 8 medals. This year my main focus was the Chicago Marathon so I had to limit the number of races.
Note: Missing in the picture above is the one from the Chicago Half Marathon. I took it to school to show it to my students and left it there.
All of my medals hold a special place in my heart. I worked hard and earned them. Whether it was the course, weather or something else going on, I pushed on through to cross the finish line.
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle-My first race in 2015. It was cold and windy! Love that this medal is also a bottle opener.
Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler-Another cold and windy day! It started off really nice but then the temperate dropped significantly throughout the race. I was the only one that did not have a jacket in my bag because, well, it was very nice in the morning.
Illinois Marathon Relay–I did this race mainly to cross it off my list and ended up having a great time with my friends. It rained and rained and was even cancelled due to the weather. But, we still managed to finish it.
Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile-Hills, hills, and more hills. It was challenging all right. Oh, how much I dislike this race. Maybe I’ll do it again when I am in better shape and can tackle the hills. I remember it was humid and muggy in the morning. Oh, no medal. But there was pizza and beer….LOTS OF IT.
Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile-Finally a PR for me! With a flat course and decent weather, everyone enjoys the race.
Covered Bridges Half Marathon-A fun trip with Jaime! Oh, how I miss traveling and running with her. She has already finished running in the 50 states. It was a beautiful course with one gigantic hill around mile 8. Still I ended up with my second best half marathon finish time.
Elmhurst 4 on the 4th-One of my favorite races and plan to do this every year as long as I am in town. It is a small race and cheap ($25), plenty of parking, semi-challenging, and not too far from my house. The first mile was my fastest but paid for it later in the race. Still, GREAT RACE.
Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon-Another HOT race! My goal was to finish under 2:30 but that did not happen and honestly I was OK with it. I met up with Kim, Elizabeth, and Sonya in MA, ate in NH, and slept in ME. Three states in a couple of hours!! There is so much to do in Portland and we made the best of it and had fun.
Chicago Half Marathon-Love this race because of the medal! I ran this race without listening to music. Yep, 13.1 miles with no music. Great course! Plus I made it on the news. This race works out perfect for those training for the Chicago Marathon.
Chicago Marathon-My last race of the year and my 7th marathon. Done and done. So many mixed feelings with this race. I was happy, relieved, and in pain. I chafed really bad and that hurt even more to walk than from running 26.2 miles. I remember thinking that I would never run a marathon again. Well, that did not last long because I applied again for next year and am waiting to hear back for CARA.
Favorite Medal: The one shown above from the Chicago Half Marathon. Almost as big as my face and I think similar to the one from the Little Rock Marathon. Also, I enjoyed the course and we had great weather till the end when it started to run.
So here are my medals for this year. What’s your favorite bling from 2015?