Last year, I made the decision not to run 15 half marathons in 2015. I stuck to my decision and instead ran 3 marathons, 8 half marathons, 1 10K, 2 5ks, Ragnar Cape Cod and a trail race. Oops, once again I overshot. 16 races in 2015.
I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder and bunch of other bloggers to give out some awards to the races I ran. Since I ran so many, I had no problem finding a race for each category.
Most Scenic Course – I really like both the Marine Corps Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll DC because they go by the monuments. I think that both showcase the beauty of my “home” and I love running them because I don’t frequently cross the bridge to run downtown. I used to run there pre-kids on occasion, so it’s a fun experience.
Most Challenging Course – Altra Trail Race. This was only my second real trail race ever (some of the Mainly Marathons courses have a trail aspect to them) and it was by far the most technical trail I’ve ever run. I was just super proud of myself for never falling!
Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc) – Mainly Marathons wins this one hands down. 8! of my races this year were with them and I ate everything from pancakes to panini to soup while I was racing. Even better, when my stomach was not excited by real food they also had simple things like gummy bears and rice krispy treats to munch on. I’m pretty sure I was calorie positive at every MM race this year.
Best Expo – Marine Corps Marathon and RNR tie on this one. It was held in the same space and had many of the same vendors. I bought more at RNR, but that’s because I didn’t actually spend any time in the race branded section.
Best Swag – I LOVE the hat that I got from doing the “hat trick” at Runner’s World Half and Festival. So comfy and warm! (And cute too!)
Most Unique Medal – Cape Cod wins this one, mostly because I have a bunch of Mainly Marathons medals now and I’ve run the other races in the past. Bonus points for being a bottle opener…
Best Post-Race Food/Beverages – Yeah, Mainly Marathons wins this again.
Best Race Shirt- Honestly, I didn’t LOVE any of the shirts this year. I liked them all, but none of them are in my regular clothes rotation. However, I’ve heard of a number of people turning their MCM shirts into half zips and I think that seems like a cool idea to me. I’ll be visiting a local seamstress after the holidays.
Favorite Overall Race – Runner’s World Festival and Half. I enjoyed every single race. Every one. All for different reasons. I loved the non-race events. I loved meeting Deena Kastor and Bart Yasso and all the awesome people at Altra and at Runner’s World. I know it was awesome in part because I was one of their influencers, but even the things that I didn’t get special treatment at were awesome. Warm building to wait in? Yes, thank you. Sufficient number of indoor, flushing toilets? Why, yes, I will use those. Nice medals? Great! Plenty of food at the end? I appreciate not going hungry.
Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing – Marine Corps Marathon. I didn’t plan for a 5 week taper and never actually peaked in my training. I went into the race *barely* over bronchitis and with a sore hip. It was my slowest marathon so far, but it was also my best executed marathon by far.