2015 was a great year for races! I ran 43 races in all, 386.4 racing miles!
Here’s the breakdown:
- Fourteen 5ks
- Three 5-5.3 milers
- Six 10ks
- One 10.6 miler
- Seventeen half marathons
- One marathon
- One 50k!
When I run races, I’m mainly just running. I may go a little faster and I may push myself a little more but I’m really just running–my path, my pace! I’m not a fast runner but I like to run and races make me motivated to get out there. I love the routine of prepping for a race, getting there early, mentally preparing myself, being part of the crowd, being excited with anticipation, running the miles, crossing the finish line and celebrating at the finish. I love it all and I love all of the people I have met through racing! We really are one big running family!
Here are my favorite and most memorable races this past year.
I began the year with my own race! I had a 4.0 miler for my running friends and it was great!
It was 40 degrees at the start (40 degrees for the big 4-0!) and I was so happy that so many friends could make it in the cold and on a weekday!
We ran from Long Beach into Seal Back and back and I had Dunkin Donuts coffee and Munchkins for everyone at the finish! I had special bibs, too! It meant so much to have friends celebrate with me, doing what I love!
I ran the Inaugural Star Wars 10k and Half Marathon at Disneyland in January, too!
My friend Angela and I dressed up as Ewoks for the 10k!
I was a Jedi R2D2 for the half! I loved the characters and cosplayers on the course. It was so much fun and I can’t wait for it again in 2016!
I didn’t run any races in February! Crazy! 😉 I was battling plantar fasciitis last year and spent all of February healing and strengthening. I got a lot of treatments done on my plantar and worked to get better for the LA Marathon.
LA Marathon! I ran LA with Team NutriBullet, with teammates who became good friends. It was a special race to share with amazing people and coaches. It was my first experience being on a running team with coaches and I learned so much. It was hot that day so I took my time but I felt very strong! I survived despite the plantar fasciitis problem I had had for so long and most importantly, I enjoyed it. It had been an amazing 6 months with the team and I wanted to celebrate the team, the journey and all I had learned with this culminating race.
Throughout the year, I ran many races with A Better World Running. The race directors, Michelle and Mark, are good friends. They’re runners, too, and enjoy putting on small races with big heart! We get medals, swag, free photos and races of varying distances on days when no one else has races! At ABWR races, I get to see friends and have made many new friends, too!
Last April, I also ran the Big Sur 10.6 miler with my sister! It was special because we made a little weekend trip out of it and had sister time!
The views were gorgeous and I hadn’t run Big Sur in many years. The 10.6 miler was a good distance for us both! We took our time, took tons of photos and soaked it all in.
I ran one of my favorite races in May, the Wine Country Half Marathon in Santa Barbara County. This was my fifth year running the half. We ran from Santa Ynez to Los Olivos to Solvang. It’s a gorgeous races and has plenty of hills to make it challenging.
After the race, my running club friends and I get to camp out on a vineyard. We pitch tents, grill, have wine and just relax. It’s very serene and beautiful.
In June, I ran the Zooma Napa Valley Half with my good friend (fellow INKnBURN Ambassador), Emelia! I loved seeing the Napa hot air balloons when the race began!
We had a lovely girls’ weekend and racecation! It was super relaxing and a perfect way to start my summer vacation.
I ran the Renegade Summer Trail 5 miler in July and again in August. It was my first time running this race thanks to my INKnBURN Ambassador friend, Valerie! I was happy to get trail racing experience as I had already set my mind on a 50k in November.
August was a hot month but I still got in races and a lot of training on the trails. My sister, boyfriend and I ran the OC Fair 5k! This race is so much fun! You get to run through the fairgrounds, play games, win prizes during the race!
We went on this gigantic slide during the race! Yippeeeee!!!
I ran the Girls on the Go Half for my lifetime half #99, as I counted down to the big #100! It was a race I hadn’t done before and I got to see wonderful friends! Read more about it here!
I had a race every weekend in October and they were all super fun! The highlight was the Long Beach Half Marathon where I celebrated lifetime half #100!
It was a hot day, unexpectedly hot for Long Beach but we all survived and lived to tell about it! I was honored to be an ambassador for this race, too. It’s a race that I’ve done 12 times in the past 13 years. It’s my favorite race weekend of the year! Read about it here!
I ran a race every weekend in November, too! Crazy, crazy. The monumental moment for me was finishing my first ultra, the Ray Miller 50k! I wasn’t sure I could do it and had my doubts here and there but I did it! It was my first big trail race, too!
The elevation gain (about 5,500 feet of climbing) and the terrain was difficult. I was heading back in the dark. But my friends and family were waiting for me till the very end–10 hours, 39 minutes, 50 seconds later! The experience was life-changing and I ended up documenting it in a series of blog posts. Read the first one here!
November was also amazing because of my weekend running the Avenger 10k and half! It wasn’t the best idea to run a 10k and half after a very hard 50k but I ran it to support Team Muscle Makers.
The Holiday Half is a race I’ve done for five years in a row. The course was challenging with hills but I loved how people dressed up for the holidays and the post-race festivities were super fun!
I got to meet up with my fellow ambassadors for the race and it was the perfect way to end our season representing Run Racing!
There you have it! 2015 was truly an amazing year of running and races! Thank you to all were part of it, my running family and community. You all inspire me each and every day. Thank you to my family and friends for supporting me in my races–adjusting schedules, understanding when I have to leave early, etc. It all means so much to me and I’m grateful for you all and for this running life!
Your path, your pace, Tam