Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Recap: My Year in Running {Awards Link-Up!}

Hey guys!

My friend Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder (Hey girl!!) had a great idea to do a post where all of the races that you've run in 2014 get "awards".  There were about 10 categories to choose from but I picked the ones most applicable to my year in racing!  

Check it out...

1.  Most Scenic Course - Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon Series Half Marathon


This is basically the only photo from during the race!  I wore my phone around my upper arm and couldn't strategically take it out - it would've screwed up my headphones and my music! (I'm an amateur....whatever! lol) But this course was very scenic and it was exciting and gorgeous - minus the 30 minutes of rain at the end! ;)  It ended at the beach which was the perfect finale!

2.  Most Challenging Course/Obstacles - Spartan Race Sprint, Citi Field, New York





This was my first (and only, thus far!) Spartan Race and like I said in my recap, it was the PERFECT introduction (course/length/obstacles/no mud!!) to OCRs!  I couldn't do the rope climb but you'd better believe I will be kicking that obstacle's ass on my next Spartan Race!!

3.  Most Unique Medal - Spartan Race Sprint, Citi Field, New York


Photos were "borrowed" from another blog...Thanks Jason!

If you're unfamiliar with Spartan Races, there are 3 levels - Sprint, Super & Beast...they increase in length & intensity!  With each race you get a circular medal AND a piece of a "pie"...finish all 3 levels of races in one year and you've completed your TRIFECTA! And the 3 race medals fit together to form 1 awesome Spartan pie!

4.  Favorite Race Shirt - Spartan Race Sprint, Citi Field, New York


It happens to be very soft cotton and fairly flattering (which never happens with a cotton t-shirt!) but it's more for what it signifies!  In big bold letters it says FINISHER on the back - pretty intense!  You can't buy that FINISHERS shirt....it must be earned!

5.  Favorite Overall Race - Miami Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race


It was fun & muddy, short (3 miles) and my hubby & I did it together!  The obstacles weren't as hard or challenging as the Spartan and it was just overall a great time!

6.  Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc) - 5k Turkey Trot

It is a local race but boy do they have it organized! They've been doing it for over 30 years and it's through a very residential area. A lot of the people that live in the homes that we ran by came out to cheer on the runners! There were tons of police and they were so friendly and encouraging! There was a big water station at each mile marker with plenty of volunteers and water.  And after the race there was music, awards & plenty of drinks & after-race snacks. Recap here.

7.  Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing - Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon Series Half Marathon




This is pretty self explanatory! My FIRST half marathon! I mean, I really did it! I still can't believe it! Recap here!

Check out the other fab ladies involved in this SUPER fun link-up: 
Jeanette: Fit In Louisville (http://www.fitinlouisville.blogspot.com)
Amy: Running Escapades (http://runningescapades.com)
Melanie: Runner Girl in a Rocking World (http://runnergirlinarockingworld.com)
Erika: MCMMamaRuns (http://mcmmamaruns.com)
Krystal: The Runner Within (http://therunnerwithin.com)
Tamsyn: Fat Girl to Ironman (http://fatgirltoironman.co.uk)
Erin: Love for Running (http://loveforrunning.com)
Kelly: Miles to Go (http://miles-to-go.org)
Sarah: How My World Runs (http://howmyworldruns.com)
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (http://thismamarunsforcupcakes.com)
Lara: Uptite Mamas (http://uptitemamas.com)
Kristin: Kristin's 5k (http://www.kristins5k.blogspot.com)
Montana: Pretty Lil Mudder (http://prettylilmudder.com)

Can't wait to see all of their races, pics & awards!! :)


So tell me - which of your 2014 races would win some of these "awards"??

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