TA DA!!!!...(Click on the link to see the race report)
12.06.09 RNR Las Vegas Marathon
11.01.09 Bass Pro Shop Marathon
10.25.09 Blue Springs 50/50 Marathon
10.18.09 Detroit Marathon
09.11.09 Patriot's Run Marathon
09.07.09 Heart of America Marathon
09.05.09 Royals 5K
08.15.09 Mayor's OP 5K Farmstead Stampede
08.09.09 Susan G. Koman 5K
08.02.09 Cider Mill Century Bike (53 miles)
06.27.09 RNR Seattle Marathon
06.13.09 Hatfield and McCoy Marathon
05.31.09 Lone Star Century Bike (54 miles)
05.17.09 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
05.03.09 Lincoln Marathon
04.18.09 Frisco Fifty Marathon
04.04.09 Olathe Half Marathon
01.11.09 Walt Disney World Marathon
01.10.09 Walt Disney World Half Marathon
****12 MARATHONS****/2 Half Marathons/3 5K's/2 50+ Bike Rides
What a year! Besides running 12 marathons for the year I:
- Ran a Half Marathon and a Full Marathon back to back on the same weekend (Disney)
- Ran 2 Marathons within 5 days of each other (Heart of American Marathon on Monday and the Patriot's Run Marathon on Friday)
- Ran three Marathons back to back weekends (Detroit, Blue Springs 50/50 and Bass Pro)
There are times I sit and think anyone could have done this. Then there are times I sit in amazement, wondering how I did what I did. I feel very lucky to have accomplished this goal. To have stayed healthy. To have such great support from friends and family. To have been able travel to so many great places. I have to say, I'm not the fastest runner by any way, shape or form. And a lot of these marathon finishes were ugly. But... I got up, got out there and I crossed that finish line.
There are only a handful of people I know that have completed 12 (or more) marathons in a years time. And knowing the strength and endurance of 3 of them, I have to say I'm in pretty awesome company. And, of course, there are those of you that have run 100 milers, 24 hour adventure races and Ironmans that totally amaze me and are much tougher than I could ever dream. But...everything is relative and means something different to each of us. For me, I remember when I ran my first 5K. What a goal that was. Now here I am, just a few years later running marathons. Just get out there...have fun...do something good for yourself...and push yourself to your limits...and beyond, sometimes.
So...what's the goal for 2010? Doug says we should run 2 international marathons. Which...we already have planned-so that's not much of a 'goal'. I think he's trying to make 2010 a little easier for me than this year. I could overachieve and see if Laurel or Marci will house us for a third :).
But until January 1st comes, I'm going to savor my 2009 accomplishment and dream of what 2010 will bring.