2016 was easily my best year of running since I started running over 10 years ago. This year consisted of multiple full and half marathons as well as 3 different challenges. As of this morning I crossed 1246 miles for the year, and I’m hoping to get in one more run tomorrow to close out 2016.
Here are my running highlights from 2016…
- Dopey Challenge I started out the year in January completing the Dopey Challenge at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Dopey Challenge consists of running a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and Full Marathon on Sunday, for a total of 48.6 miles. It was a tough but highly rewarding experience for me. And to top it off, Rachel ran her very first marathon with me that Sunday.
- Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon One of my goals for 2016 was to run more local races in the Atlanta area. My first local race was in Suwanee, where I ran the Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon in late January. This was a very cold and hilly race, but I had one of my better half times of the year.
- Publix Half Marathon In March I ran the Publix Half Marathon in Atlanta. I absolutely loved this course. It went through so many great parts of Atlanta and finished down at Centennial Olympic Park. Rachel and I are running this together in 2017.
- Dark Side Half Marathon In April I took part in the inaugural Dark Side Half Marathon back at Walt Disney World. We stayed on property at the Wilderness Lodge during the race weekend. This was a great course and great weather for mid-April in Florida.
- Andrea Barber 4.0 Mile (virtual) Birthday Run Rachel and I took part in the Andrea Barber 4 mile virtual birthday run on July 3rd. Andrea (aka Kimmy Gibbler from Full House) is a big runner and a part of the #werunsocial crew. We were happy to run and also support Girls on the Run!
- Peachtree Road Race On July 4th Rachel and I took part in the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which is the largest 10K in the world. It was quite warm that morning as we journeyed from Lenox Mall over to Piedmont Park via Peachtree Road. I was happy to have the wife with me for this 10K.
- Disneyland Half Marathon For the 3rd straight year, Rachel and I participated in the Disneyland Half Marathon in Anaheim, California over the Labor Day weekend. The wife decided we should wear costumes so we rocked Wall-E and Eve for the race. We also completed the Coast to Coast Challenge, which is running at least a half marathon at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in the same calendar year.
- Atlanta Craft Classic Half Marathon The weekend after the Disneyland Half Marathon, I completed the Atlanta Craft Classic Half Marathon, which started in Grant Park. I ran this race as a part of being a BibRave Pro for 2016. This was the first year of this race, and I thought it was a great course. But definitely very warm for early September in Atlanta.
- Chicago Marathon My favorite race of 2016 was probably the Chicago Marathon in early October. The course, weather and atmosphere were just about perfect. I loved being a part of this great race!
- Atlanta 10 Miler I ran the Atlanta 10 Miler in late October, which started and ended in Atlantic Station. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this course. But is definitely quite hilly. I hope to run it again in the future.
- Atlanta Thanksgiving Half Marathon My last race of 2016 was the Thanksgiving Half Marathon, which started and ended at Turner Field in Atlanta. By completing this race, I knocked out my 3rd running challenge of 2016, which was the Triple Peach Challenge. The Triple Peach consists of running the Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Half Marathon in the same calendar year.
All in all, I completed 7 half marathons, 2 full marathons and 3 different race challenges (Triple Peach, Dopey and Coast to Coast). Plus, I averaged over 100 miles per month and served as a running ambassador for BibRave.
It has been a great running year for me! I’m looking forward to a great year in 2017. We already have several races on the calendar and looking to add more.