As far as running is concerned, 2014 was a painfully awesome year for me. With a little more emphasis on the “painfully” than I would have liked.
One of my goals was to complete the Grand Prix Series put on by my run club, Baltimore Road Runners. This series consisted of 8 races and participants were required to run 4 plus fulfill a volunteer requirement. Obviously you could run more if you wanted, but only your 4 best scores would be considered with anything over that used in the event of a tie. At the end of the series, awards would be handed out based on age group. Sounds pretty cool right? Right.
Well unfortunately, my body didn’t want to cooperate. I spent much of this year laid up with one obnoxious ailment or another; February and March were nearly a wash due to a nasty brawl with peroneal tendinitis and then starting in July, I was challenged by what felt like never-ending nerve entrapment in my foot. Lots of doctors appointments…sports med, various podiatrists, chiro, acupuncture. Lots of pity partying.
BUT. I got it done.
I was able to complete 5 races of the Grand Prix Series; only one of which (the first one) was completely injury-free. Here’s the recaps from those races this year:
Race #1: The GPS 8-Miler. Aka: The one where I didn’t hurt. At 10 degrees without the wind chill, this was my coldest race of the year. Thanks, Polar Vortex.
Race #2: The White Hall 15K. I almost didn’t get to do this one. It was originally scheduled for early March and TENDINITIS, but then snow happened and it got postponed. It wasn’t pretty, but I made it through.
Race #3: The GPS 5K. My leg was pretty much held together by KT Tape, but I still came in second and with a new PR!
Race #4: Too Hot To Trot 10K. It was not too hot to trot. In fact the temperature was about 30 degrees below normal for August. Not that I’m complaining because the weather was perfect and I had a great race despite the nerve damage.
Race #5: NCR Half Marathon. At this point I had already done the required amount of races and came in first in my age group in all of them, but I really wanted an excuse to do another half marathon.
And the time I volunteered: GPS Cross Country 3 Mile. Windy. Freezing. I drank a coffee the size of my head.
Last night was the BRRC Year End Meeting and it was my first time attending because, well, I just joined in January. A sizable crowd gathered at a local school to go over various orders of business and announce the Grand Prix series award winners and it was so funny walking in there…I barely recognized anyone. Every other time I see these people they are all raced-out and normal jeans or business casual work attire was confusing and funny. It was almost like walking into a room full of incognito super heroes.
I knew I was getting some kind of recognition, but I had no idea it was a great big plaque!
There were a couple other races that I would have liked to have done, but my leg and foot just wouldn’t let me. And that’s okay. I sat down when I had to and got out there when I could and in the end it paid off. I’m very proud of this.
New Jersey is going to be my main focus for the next couple of months so I don’t know yet if I will participate in the series for 2015 (maybe in the later races?), but I’m looking forward to more fun events with the club! Yet another thing that I can owe to Helly…I probably would have never gotten the nerve to go out to that first race if it wasn’t for her.
I hope everyone is having as great a week as I am! Work has been completely insane (in a good way) and you better believe I’m looking forward to all the fun holiday festivities coming up!
Are you in a running club? Which one? Have you ever participated in a race series?