Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013--A Running Year in Review

Good morning folks! Merry Christmas Eve!!

I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas and that this year is almost over!!  Time sure flies when you're having fun!!

I'm going to do a quick recap of my year, runner style!

I didn't have any major race plans at the beginning of 2013. As a matter of fact, all I wanted was to be able to run without pain! I was nursing an IT band injury and wasn't sure if I would ever really be able to run again! I pushed my body pretty hard the previous year and wasn't taking care of it properly. My primary goal for 2013 was to cross train on a regular basis. I would say that I was 50% on that goal. I've slacked off the past couple of months and that has got to change effective immediately because I've got BIG goals for 2014, but that's another post ;)

Here's what I did running/racing wise in 2013:

January--Go Short, Go Long 5k, 37:13 I went short just hoping to run it without any pain. Not so much :/ I got it done, but my IT band was bothering me, especially afterwards.

February--Sweetheart Run 10k, 1:13 This was right around the time that I started seeing the chiropractor for the IT band and was on my way to being mended.

April--Jenks Aquarium 10k, 1:14 Graduation run for the spring session of Pathways; no IT band issues

April--Camp Barnabas Half Marathon, 2:28 first half marathon since December; I wasn't sure if I could do it, I was scared the IT band would flare up again but I'm proud to report that I ran the whole thing with no major problems!!

April--OKC Memorial Marathon Relay, 1:18 I ran the 3rd leg of the relay (7.5 miles) through a neighborhood that I spent a great deal of time in as a kid, no IT band issues, really enjoyed the run!

May--Cinco De Mayo 5k, 31:51 This is one of my favorite runs ever!

May--Full Moon 5k, 31:48 Another one of my favorite runs! The course is fast and flat. I was really hoping for a sub 30 5k but it was way too hot and humid!

June--Stronger 5k, 31:39 Good, flat course with proceeds going to the May tornado victims. Still hoping for a sub 30 5k

July--Bedlam 10k, 1:11 Graduation run for summer session of Pathways; not as hot and humid as the past 2 years, but hot/humid enough!

September--Quarter Marathon, 1:19 paced the fall Pathwayers

October--Tulsa Run 15k, 1:49 graduation run for the fall session of Pathways

November--Williams Route 66 Half Marathon, 2:28 cold and miserable, I didn't feel prepared for the cold

December--Hot Chocolate 15k, 1:45 another cold run but I felt better prepared for this one, one of my favorite runs this year.

So, I've done 13 races in 2013, so far. I'm doing the Run for the Ranch Half Marathon in Springfield this Saturday so my total race tally for 2013 will be 14 races, not too bad considering that I wasn't sure I would run any at the beginning of the year!

My plans for 2014 include the Go Short, Go Long 25k in January, the Sweetheart Run Double (5k and 10k) in February and the Little Rock Marathon in March.

What does your "running year in review" look like?
What are your plans for 2014??


  1. This is such a inspiration!!!! <3 Love, and Happy Holidays!!!!

  2. Theresa, thank you so much for your blog and your daily posts on Facebook. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to them. I so miss Fleet Feet Tulsa and all the running coaches there!!! Merry Christmas!!!

    1. Thank you, Mary! I'm glad you enjoy them!

  3. Hey Theresa! Awesome accomplishments over the last year. I didn't realize how much I had done until I pulled my 2013 bibs out and looked them over. 2014 will be amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!.

    1. Thank you! I hope you have a fantastic 2014!!

  4. I did the Hot Chocolate 15k in Columbus in 2012. I loved it so much, and I had planned to do it this year, but I broke my foot. My peeps and I will definitely do it next year. Congratulations on a great year!

    1. It was a lot of fun! I might try to squeeze the Dallas run into my training schedule :)