I think we all know that medals are my love language, so it’s no surprise I can document my running year in bling. It wasn’t quite as prolific of a year as I planned, but it wasn’t bad, either. Next year will bring more races and more medals! I can’t wait!
We started the year with a freezing cold Resolution Run. This was a great medal to kick things off, and I remember really enjoying this event. It’s also probably one of the coldest races I’ve ever done, with morning temps in the high 30s. Brrr.
Next up was the Ortega River Run, a first for me. I loved this event, even though I thought it was a 5K, and it turned out to be a 5 mile race. Oops. Again, there was some pretty lovely weather, and fantastic river views. Two thumbs up.
March is a huge month for races, with the Gate River Run 15K, as well as some other local events. I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to run the Gate, but then I did. It’s just how I roll.
I followed these rainy 9.3 miles, with a 3K at the Alligator Farm. This is such a fun family event, and I love to do it when I can.
Moving right along. I ran the Mission Possible 5K in Flagler Beach. Medals were only for age group winners, which I was not, but they were pretty all the same.
Things turned around in May, when I ran the DONNA Mother’s Day 5K, yet another new to me event. I loved all the pink and the great riverfront course.
And I wrapped the month with an old favorite, the Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K. This is the one little event I try to run every year.
I doubled up in June, starting with the Run For The Pies. This is a race I typically don’t love, and the fact that this started with an epic lightning storm did not help the cause.
I made up for it with the Inaugural SUP Bridge the Gap 5K, which went back and forth over the new Shared Use Path in Jacksonville. Again, we had some rain, but I made it work.
I tossed in a little patriotic action with the annual Celebration Run. This one is always brutally hot and ugly, and this was no exception. J and I pushed it as hard as we dared, but we were spent at the finish line. Every year, I know what this race will give, and every year, I go in anyway. Sigh.
Nothing doing here.
We are back at it, with the Pink Up The Pace 5k. This race moved from downtown St. Augustine to St. Augustine Beach, which I appreciated. Oceanfront views are usually superior to everything else.
I had two races in November, and both were out of state. The first was the Casa Superhero Run 5K in Montgomery, Alabama, where I scored this cool bling.
The second with the Turkey Day Run 5K in Charleston. No bling for this one, but that seems the norm for turkey trots, so I’ll give it a pass.
So far, no bling in December, and I’m really debating if I want to change that.
What’s your favorite piece of bling for the year? How many races did you run?