14 races ran:
•10 miler- 1
•1/2 marathons- 3
5 of the races I ran with friends.
21:30 5k- Pumpkins in the Park 22:18 Previous
36:59 8k- Shamrock Shuffle. 39:57 Previous
50:03 10k- Trofeu Cidade. (Beaten unofficially in longer races)
1:16 10 miler- Soldier Field 10 1:22 Previous
1:46:09 Women's Half 1:46.15 Previous
3:35.12 Fox Valley Marathon 3:40 Previous
The remaining 9 races I ran alone- although I either knew others running or spectating so I really wasn't "alone."
Running Outside of Chicago
I was very fortunate to run in 2 places outside of Chicagoland this year.
Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo Brasil was just amazing. Between coconut water vendors, interesting wildlife (galinha d'angola), and beautiful scenery for the loop- I fell in love with this park and cannot wait to return.
The Los Gatos Creek trail will always be close to my heart. I was fortunate to do a long run there while on vacation during the summer and instantly remembered why I missed the trail so much since moving to Chicago 3 years ago. The friendly runners, the hills and beautiful scenery make this place one of my all time favorites.
I cannot really pick a favorite run. Sometimes a run by myself in freshly fallen snow puts the biggest smile on my face.
Running with L is always a treat.
I even got to run with Shawn Johnson for a 10k!
Running with friends is something I don't do often, but always makes the miles fly by.
Only friends can get me to run 14 miles during a crazy snow storm with psycho snow plow drivers and 6"+ of unplowed snow.
Running with CB is something I always look forward to because seeing my little man happy melts my heart.
Overall I'm thankful for all the amazing memories Ive made this year through running. There were some moments of pure bliss, as well as some of stinging disappointment. I've learned a lot about myself this year and how tough I truly am. I'm looking forward to 2014 with open arms.