|Bass Pro 5K ... failed 5K attempt, but still a great year|
I also really cut down my mileage compared to the two prior years, in which I topped 3,000 miles in both. In 2013 I ended up around 2,400. It might not seem like a huge reduction, but my legs and joints definitely noticed the difference. I was blessed with great health all year, and I just felt fresher and more energetic for my fall race schedule. And sitting here today, I seem fairly healthy going into winter.
In 2013 I was fortunate enough to PR 7 different times, topping my old 10K, half-marathon, and marathon bests twice each. I also ran my first ultra marathon, and qualified for the Boston Marathon in two different races. It was the 5th and 6th times overall I had met those time standards, but the first under the new faster format, which was important to me. In my last race of 2013, and my last race ever in the 40-44 age group (I turned 45 on December 16th), I ran my fastest marathon ever at 3:10:39, topping my 2012 PR by almost 10 minutes. Here's a summary of all my 2013 races ...
2013 Race Results
02/17/13 - Lost Dutchman Marathon - 3:28:59, 7:58/mile
03/17/13 - Tatur's 6-Hour Snake Race - 5:57:24, 9:52/mile (1st Place 40-49 AG) Current PR
04/13/13 - Rock The Parkway Half-Marathon - 1:28:58, 6:47/mile Old PR
05/04/13 - One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon - 1:28:09, 6:43/mile (Top 500 finisher out of 30,000) Current PR
06/01/13 - Hospital Hill Half-Marathon - 1:35:27, 7:18/pace
06/30/13 - Overland Park Double Race - Back-to-back races, 10K - 39:52, 6:25/pace , 5K - 19:55/6:25/pace,
Total time - 59:45, 6:25/pace (2nd Place -40-44 AG) Old 10K PR
07/04/13 - Stars & Stripes 5K - 18:51, 6:05/pace (1st Place 40-44 AG)
07/27/13 - Rock The Crossroads 5K - 19:07, 6:10/pace (OVERALL MASTERS WINNER)
09/15/13 - Plaza 10K - 38:41, 6:14/pace (3rd Place 40-44 AG) Current PR
09/22/13 - Fox Valley Fall Final 20 - 2:19:55, 7:00/pace (OVERALL MASTERS WINNER)
10/13/13 - Chicago Marathon - 3:14:48, 7:21/pace Boston Qualifier Old PR
10/27/13 - Blue Springs Half-Marathon - 1:39:40, 7:34/pace (1st Place Overall ... out of 39 runners - ha!)
11/03/13 - Bass Pro News-Leader 5K - 18:36, 6:00/pace (1st Place 40-44 AG)
11/16/13 - Richmond Marathon - 3:10:39, 7:16/pace Boston Qualifier Current PR
|Keeping warm by campfires on the desert floor before the Lost Dutchman Marathon in January at Apache Junction, AZ|
|Just thinkin', "Man I'll probably never do|
an ultra again" during my first ultra
I also got to meet several famous runners and American heroes this year. At the Overland Park Double Race, we met and took a picture with Billy Mills - the 1964 US Olympic Gold Medalist (and still the only American 10K Olympic gold medalist in history). At the Bass Pro 5K, I was presented my age group plaque by Dick Beardsly and Frank Shorter ... AWESOME!!! We met ultra marathon champion and stud, Scott Jurek at Chicago. Plus, we also got to meet world famous blogger ... Miss Zippy in Richmond, Rachelle from RunningForTrevor in Arizona, and of course Coy from FirstInPhilly at Chicago and Indy! Meeting these legends of the sport, and making new friends was a lot of fun.
The most enjoyable race of the year was probably the Chicago Marathon. I love Chicago! We had the perfect day which made it so much fun running through the streets of the Windy City with literally millions of people watching. I trained all summer for a good race, and actually ended up PR'ing by about 5 minutes. A mark that stood for all of 5 weeks, when I later PR'd at Richmond. We were very fortunate to get into Chicago this year, as it will probably change to a lottery system like New York for future registration. I'm not sure we'll ever get to run it again, so we enjoyed every minute of it!
|My two favorite running pics of 2013 - in the woods with the bright Fall leaves, and speed training on a perfect summer day|
|Ryder & Papa J|
|Michael & me at the Plaza 10K, my fastest race of the year (I love the finish line pic because it gives the illusion I have strong legs - ha)|
|Best wishes in 2014 from Michael & me|
... be great today!