Happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics!  Last week I wrote about some not-so-great things that have happened to me at races.   So today let’s discuss some of my best races whether it is because of a PR, the course, or some other reason.

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This week’s Tuesday Topic:  What was your best or worst race You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

2016 Chicago Marathon – It it my marathon PR.  I simply love everything about this race.  I’ve run it a few times and also love spectating it.  


2015 Live Grit 10 MilerI met Wendy and Marcia at this race.  It was warm in the beginning of the race but then the temperature dropped about 20 degrees.  I did not have a jacket and was COLD.

2019 Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Half Marathon – I was undertrained but loved this race.  I was also dealing with plantar fasciitis but I made the best of it. It is an incredible experience running the bridge to Canada, in Canada, and then back to the U.S.  

2019 Delaware Marathon Running Festival – Hilly course but I met Kim!  What’s not to like about it?  Running in Brandywine Park felt peaceful and very relaxing.  It was just what I needed to deal with all of the hills.

2013 Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4thI don’t remember how I heard about this race but am so happy I did.  I love everything about it (distance, price, location, to name a few things) and continue to run it each year.  I am sad it is cancelled this year but understand the reason.

Elmhurst 4 on the 4th 2013-1

2020 Publix Atlanta Half MarathonSo the race itself was not that great.  It was a VERY hilly course and I was undertrained.  What I loved about it was the Olympic Marathon Trials that took place the day before.  I got excited and goosebumps being so close to many elite runners – LOVED seeing Desi on the course!!

Utah Valley Half Marathon 2017 – A race meeting up with blogger friends!  The views were incredible.  It was the first time dealing with altitude and running a downhill race.  Not easy but I finished in 2:34:59 which is a whole lot better than I expected!!

Walt Disney World Half Marathon and Walt Disney World Marathon – Did this as part of the Goofy Challenge.  Seriously, I have no idea what I was thinking when I signed up.  I don’t think I was thinking AT ALL!  🙂  It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.  No regrets at all.

The Great Alaskan Running Cruise 2017 – It was a fun week exploring and running in Alaska.  There were a total of 4 races:

5K Kick Off Run/Walk in Anchorage and Welcome Party
√ Glacier Half Marathon in Juneau
4-Mile Amazing Race in Skagway
5K on the trails in the Tongass National Forest in Ketchikan

♥ Chicago Lakefront 50K 2012 and 2014 – I don’t have a recap from my first race in 2012 but HERE is the second one I did in 2014.  As if running a marathon isn’t hard enough, I decided to run a race even longer than 26.2 miles.  I ran the RnR New Orleans Marathon early in March and then ran the 50k a few weeks later.  Why not, right?  🙂


I enjoyed writing about this topic.  It was fun reading older posts (sometimes cringing because of what I wrote – Yikes!!), but overall remembering each one which made me smile.

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19 Comments on Tuesday Topics: Some of my best races

  1. So many great races!!
    I would love to meet blogger friends at races, that must be the best!
    That Great Alaskan Running Cruise from 2017 sounds awesome. Four races in one week! And looks like you had great weather, too.
    And I agree, it’s nice to look back and reminisce!

  2. The Delaware race was really nice, and I love how it was super organized! I was hoping to run the Detroit half marathon this year but I don’t think thats gonna happen – maybe next year!

  3. I ran the 4 on the 4th in 2015. Love the steep uphill finish – it’s very unique! Cool that you ran Detroit. That’s on my bucket list if I ever get back into marathoning!

  4. You’ve done some sweet races! I like looking back on my recaps from previous years (even the ones from my “early days”of blogging LOL). It’s great re-living all those memories 😉

    • So many great memories from reading the recaps! I had no idea what I was doing and just wanted to run all of the races. Now I know better. I think so. 🙂

  5. UT sparked my love of downhill racing. 🙂 It was nice to meet you (and others) in person!

    I’ve always wanted to do the Alaskan cruise! Kicking myself for not doing that before all this happened, I came so close but now not something I would even consider probably for a long, long time.

    The DE Running festival is the one I wanted to do in April. Maybe it’ll be run next April? A girl can dream! It’s the last state that’s in a reasonable driving distance for me.

      • I love donwhill racing! My half next month would’ve been downhill. Which is exactly why I picked it!

        It’s not that it’s that far a drive, really (about 2 hours with the dogs, because we have to stop for them usually), but when all is said & done, it’s about 5-6 hours.

        We’re definitely getting closer to going.

  6. My best and worst races were 2 of my Chicago Marathons. My first one was a mess. My second one was an amazing experience. Still my PR!

  7. My favourite race was the first half marathon (Birmingham,UK) after I had started taking my running more seriously.
    I was a last minute entry (running for a mate who got injured), had very little training for it and was more than a little worried.
    In the end managed to go round a whole minute a mile quicker than I expected AND finished with a sprint and a smile.

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