Monday, December 30, 2013

13 in 2013 Year in Review

When I committed to 13 races in 2013, I knew very little about it.  I was sure I could do it. I ran 10 races in 2012 and I already knew that I would be running my first marathon in 2013.  My thought was that I would use some of the races as part of my training.

So a little background.  Jill Conyers, blogs at Fitness, Health, and Happiness.  Jen Clement Schomaker, blogs at Marathon Mom.  They first started this challenge by doing 12 races in 2012.  Just twelve people signed up for that one!

In 2013, they had 800+ runners participate! So happy that I was on of them. I am already registered for 14 in 2014 and so far, there are 406 runners joining me.  Are you one of them?

So here is my breakdown of races for my 2013 challenge.  I originally included virtuals but changed that when I knew I would run enough "live" races.

So not counting Virtuals, I ran 19 races.

1. Ocean's Run 5K:  Ran this with Elaine and had a great time! Kids ran in the fun run too. It was Gracie's first race ever!

2. Shamrock Shuffle 5k:  Local 5k, just a few miles from my house. Nice race but what made it extra special was the fact that it was George's very first 5k race. He did an excellent job and it was one of my proudest mommy moments to date.

3. BRMS Coyote Chase 5k:  Super fun race and VERY family friendly. George's second 5k and Gracie's first one mile race. It was cold but she was a trooper!

4. Newport 10 Miler: Loved this race!  Absolutely beautiful course and well run. On the fence about it this year because of timing, but it's not off the table yet.

5. Narrow River 5k:  Second year running this race. Nice, local race and I PR'ed.

6. 10k By the Bay: My very first 10k race.

7. Glow Bash 5k and Scavenger Hunt:  Super fun time with Beth and Sally!  How can you not love running through a city dressed in glow sticks!

8. Camire's Firecracker 4 Miler: Not my best race. Felt horrible through the whole thing but finished.

9. The Blessing: Second year running this. Lots of friends and fun.

10. Run 4 Kerri:  First time for this one.  Started out strong and then lost it but finished. Would definitely do this one again.

11. Shawn Nassansy Memorial 5k: This was a trail race that was not well marked.  It was also George's third race.  It was a great day because I was with some very special friends!

12. FirmMan Half Marathon: This was a half ironman that I ran as part of a relay team.  I had a goal of 2:30 which I did not get.  It got hot and I just wasn't as ready as I thought I was. It was a nice course through my town and I would do it again.

13. Harvest Wine Run:  Just a fun day with my friends. Unless they lower the cost, I would not run it again.

14. Women Run the Sanity Chase Obstacle Course: What can I say? The most fun I ever had in a tutu!

15. Free to Breathe 5k:  My friend Sally is very involved in organizing this race and Beth and I wanted to support her. It was a fun race but not the best decision the day before my 18 miler. I would do this race again though, just need to check my race calendar first!

16. Newport Half Marathon: Ran this race as part of my 18 miler.  Three miles before and two miles after.  I had a really great day and Beth got me to a half marathon PR! Thanks Beth! Already signed up for this one again in 2014.

17. Run for the Pumpkins 5k: Ok, you all know this was an excellent day!  First sub 30 5k and first place AG award.  Thank you Michael C!

18. Newport Pell Bridge Run:  Third year for this race and for me. Love it and plan to do it every year.

19. Philadelphia Marathon: Yeah, well you all know this was my main goal. The race that motivated me for the year. I loved everything about this weekend. The expo, the kids run, the marathon, and especially the family and the friends.  If I was local, this would be on my race calendar every year.

There you go! The challenge was for 13 races and I ran in 19. I don't plan to go overboard this year, just really want to run my 14 and stay well.  I am already signed up for four half marathons and still working on the rest of the year.

Because we only get Mr. RWM's schedule a week or so before the new month starts, I plan to sign up for most races last minute. It got a little stressful and expensive having to rely on baby sitters for races.  Not sure how this will work, but I think I will be fine.

I know it has been a while since I posted. Besides not running, Christmas took up so much of my time. Mr. RWM was away most of the month and once the holiday hit, we have had company and honestly, we don't' stop the celebration until January 3.

I feel pretty good though and plan to run soon.  I have enjoyed every minute of this December but I am looking forward to some normalcy in another week.

We have a kid friendly New Year's Eve celebration at our home and I look forward to that every year. The last two years, I have done the Polar Bear Plunge, and last year, George joined me.  I would be ok if we skipped it this year, but George is pushing for it. It might be a last minute decision, and you all will know as soon as I know.

Happy New Year my friends!

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole


  1. 19 races!? You go, girl :) Congrats again on the marathon! Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for you!

  2. Sounds like a great running year! :-)

  3. Wow - 19 Races in one year! What an accomplishment :)

  4. 19 Races - what an accomplishment :) Congrats!

  5. What a great season!! I wish I could afford to race... theyre getting so expensive!

    1. Thanks! Yes, they are expensive and I am guessing I will spend more because I am waiting to sign up. I will add in a bunch of the local 5k that aren't more than $20 and hope I save that way. I registered for the ones that I really wanted to do already and that kept the cost down. One was free because I volunteered to hand out water at one of their races. That is a very nice perk for a volunteer.

  6. Sounds like you had a great 2013. Good for you for surpassing the 13 races. Not sure I could do 13 in one year :) Maybe I'll shoot for 14. All the best in 2014!

  7. Wow, 19 races is awesome!! I stopped at 12- Philly full would have been my 13th, but that didn't happen and I've been slowly working on my comeback since. Hopefully 2014 will be injury free!

    1. Thanks Laura! So happy you are on the mend and making a comeback. Keeping my fingers crossed for an injury free 2014 for both of us.

  8. You had a great year!!! I am so glad to have been part of it since April!! I was so thrilled to help you with your 1/2 marathon PR. I was having such a crappy time running, and that made me remember the fun of it... Looking forward to fun running in 2014!!

    1. You only made the year better! Can't wait to see you and I especially can't wait to run with you!

  9. Great job killing the 13 race goal! Looking forward to joining you for 14 races in 2014!

  10. You had a great year!!! I was happy to be a part of it, too! The Pumpkins race, and the long training runs were definitely highlights for me for the year - looking forward to 2014!


    1. Thank you! Can't wait to run with you again. It has been a couple weeks for me, but I am hoping to run after this weekend. See the doc on Tuesday.