First, a HUGE shout-out to Jill at Jogging Jeans for the fabulous dedication yesterday. Jill is one of my favorite bloggers. She is hilarious and lovingly irreverent, and definitely gets where I am coming from when it comes to running. I can’t imagine that anyone reading my blog wouldn’t have already visited hers, but if you haven’t, do it immediately. I am very excited to meet her in May at the Pittsburgh Half. You should come and join us!
OK, back to business…
While I was turning many shades of red and cultivating my moose-running skills in 2012, my running buddy, a.k.a. Hubby, a.k.a. Mr. I Finished 20 Minutes Ago, a.k.a. guest blogger extraordinaire, was running 21 half-marathons. That’s right, 21. He initially committed to 12 in 2012, but got so into it that he wound up switching the digits. I think that deserves a moment, don’t you?
It’s pretty good for someone who only started running (and exercising, for that matter) at the end of 2010, when he joined the Massachusetts National Guard and realized he literally needed to get up to speed for the physical fitness test. If he hadn’t caught the running bug, I never, ever would have
accumulated so much Lululemon put a toe anywhere near a road race.
Did I mention how crazy/amazing I think 21 half-marathons is? (This is in addition to a bunch of other distances, including two full marathons. He ran 68 races overall last year.) To celebrate, here’s some bib action from ’12, but it’s clearly not all of them. (Who knows what happened to those.)
For the record, here are the 2012 half-marathons. They are all amazing races, should you feel so inclined to partake in one or two – or 21 – in 2013. The ones that are asterisked he is either already registered to run again, or they’re in his plans. Those with a double asterisk I am “running” too.
Smuttynose Palooza Indoor Half-Marathon 2012 (sadly, this one is not being repeated)
*Half at the Hamptons
*Quincy Half Marathon
**NC Half Marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Great Bay Half Marathon
*Lake George Half Marathon
Twin Lights Half Marathon
*Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
*Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon
*Bands on the Run
**Mad Half Marathon
*Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon
The Building Center YuKanRun Triple Threat Series
**Sea Wheeze Lululemon Half Marathon
*Applecrest Half Marathon
Run to the Rock 1/2 Marathon
Oceans Run Half Marathon
Leaf Peepers Half-Marathon
*Anthem Richmond Half-Marathon
* Wolf Hollow Half Marathon
Andrew makes me feel inadequate. Hahaha Good on him though. Let’s start the pool for how many toe nails he’s going to lose in 2013. 0231?
Haha. Love it! I’m going to say at least three. 🙂
Andrew is a BEAST! What an incredible accomplishment!
Tracey, do I see a 12 months, 12 half-marathon 2013?
I’d love to think I could do that but I don’t believe my legs are up for it! Read: I am not good at committing to a training regimen. Read: I am lazy. 😉 So far, I’m doing three halfs and one half walk, so you never know!
I like Jill’s idea of 12 months/12 halfs.
Shooting for Pittsburgh in May. Have a DC trip around that time but I think it’s going to work. Fun!
That would be SO fun! I hope you can swing it!! Now we just have to get Tiffany F in on the party.
Wow, that is amazing! I cannot imagine doing that many long distance races in one year. Props to him!
Do you think you’ll run the Run to Remember 5 Miler this year? I’m signed up. 🙂
I’m doing it!! Maybe we can meet up! 🙂
Hats off to Andrew!
Thanks! I’ll pass it on. 🙂
Wow! That’s seriously dedicated!
How exciting that you are running some of them too – cant wait to see how you get on 🙂
I have my fingers crossed that my IT band is going to hold up. I think it’s last year’s Wineglass Half that did me in. A little training might help me! 🙂
I did my first half marathon in 2009, and I’ve yet to hit the double digits! That is amazing! And I started running too when I signed up for the Air Force Reserve in 2002 and realized I would have to run two whole miles to graduate from basic.
It’s dedication, that’s for sure – bordering on insanity! 🙂 Amazing that you went down a similar path that he did. When he joined up, he wasn’t able to run the two miles straight, and actually did quite poorly on the first attempt. Now he absolutely smokes all the guys on every run, and he’s quite a bit older. It’s hilarious!! 🙂
Wohoo! Congratulations on this shaping of 2013 races. I’ll get some more inspiration my way 😀
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