2018 Life & Running Highlights
As I think through the whirl wind of a year I had in 2018, it was full of laughs and struggles, accomplishments and challenges, successes and failures. I can say that I lived life to the fullest and it was truly an amazing year for me. Here are my 2018 Running Highlights by Month:
January: The Disney World Marathon
2018 started off with a bang when I completed my first marathon in January. It was an amazing experience and the runners high after the event was unreal. I truly believe that there’s nothing quite like finishing your very first marathon (at least for me).
February: Becoming More Confident as a Runner
In February, I became more confident in myself as a person and a runner. I joined a Runtastic running group for a weekend run in Central Park, which resulted in running with this group monthly from February – June (we stopped meeting for some reason after that). Through this group, I built some great friendships and got to know the NYC runner’s community a little better.
March: A Half Marathon PR
In March, I ran the Frozen Penguin Half Marathon in Bay Ridge. I hit a new PR and paced 8:00/minute miles for the full half marathon, which was a huge accomplishment for me.
April: The CUCB 10 Miler
Although I was injured with severe IT Band in my right knee, I fought through the pain and finished the CUCB 10 Miler in Washington DC. This is one of my favorite races.
May: The Popular Brooklyn Half
Believe it or not, this was my very first NYRR race. Frankly, this race went super poorly and was a disaster for me. I was still injured and it down poured before the race and rained off and on the whole time. I was soaked and shivering before the race even began. However, when I think of that race, I smile because it helped build me into the runner I am today. Gritty runs are good for you.
June: Vacation in Aruba
I took a break from races in June to recover and my wife and I headed to Aruba for vacation. We had the best vacation of our lives; It was so nice to get away and relax, recover and enjoy the ocean.
July: NYRR Races
I ran my first two smaller races with NYRR in July. I worked on my speed and came away happy with my times.
August: A Trip to Europe with Friends
A dream of mine came true when I got to visit London, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris. This was a huge highlight and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. Life is short and nothing is guaranteed so I’m all about seizing the moment and doing things in the present.
September: A Labor Day 5K
Who would have thought a spur the moment 5k would be so enjoyable? I met one of my running friends from IG, ran a fast 5k, and won first place in my age group and 5th overall.
October: The Brooklyn Half Marathon
Although this was only a training race for the NYC Marathon, I ran a really strong race on one of my favorite courses in Brooklyn.
November: The NYC Marathon
Although the NYC Marathon didn’t go my way, it was still an amazing accomplishment and achievement that I’ll remember forever. I can’t wait to run it again and redeem myself.
December: Run Gum Ambassador for 2019
The highlight in December was becoming a Run Gum Ambassador for 2019. I’m so excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to share an amazing brand and product with other runners!
What were your 2018 running highlights?