2016 has been quite an exciting year so far. I haven't updated this in a bit, so here is the rundown of early 2016.
The first event was the Herb Paraons Trail Half Marathon in Collierville, TN. We were on our way to New Orleans, so I figured I may as well find a race. I was happy to set the course record that day.
After race/vacation, I was back in IL for the F^3 Lakefront Half Marathon. I actually forgot that I wanted to race Miami or Austin, so I stayed local. I was thrilled to walk away with a new half marathon PR of 1:13:02...it may have only been a 3 second PR, but a PR is a PR!
From there, it was time to focus on the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama. I was thrilled to be able to lay down a big PR. It was 28 degrees in Birmingham on race day - luckily I had been training in cold weather.
Shoutout to this crazy one for running around and letting me know the gap to different runners through the day. He covered 7 hilly miles of Birmingham running back and forth. Happy Valentines Day!
I had planned on running the USATF Road 50k National Championship on March 6, but recovery issues and a cold kept me out of the race. So, I went over to Ohio for the Buzzard Day 50k. I wanted to use it as a last long effort before American River. I ended up setting the course record on a sloppy, and fun course.
We then got to see Seattle...
And meet an Instagram friend..,
I finally made the decision to move "home base" back to IL, so I flew out west to get my stuff and drive it back. I drove from Las Vegas to Ottawa...solo, without stopping. 25:02. I can honestly say I will never do that again.
Shortly after, I was in Southern IL for the River to River Relay. It was a great time seeing old friends and making new friends. Our team finished 2nd OA.
And then the following weekend, I was in FL for the Down to Run Endurance Challenge 50k. I am lucky to be sponsored by such a great company. South Florida has a great trail community and I was happy to get to experience it. Thank you all for a great weekend.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see y'all at some races. What races do you have planned? What has the the highlight of your year so far?