Looking Back at 2013

On this last day of 2013, I’m doing what a lot of other bloggers and media are and have been doing since Christmas…a review of 2013. What a year it has been! Even though I technically started this blog at the end of 2012, it wasn’t until February 28th of this year that I blogged on a regular basis. Even though I’m sure I’ll go back to this blog on February 28, 2014 (because that’s the date I will consider my anniversary date as a blogger), let’s look back at that blog, here.

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I’ll chronicle my journey towards the next big run in my life…the Disneyland Half Marathon. Along the way, I hope to provide some insight as to how I transform from couch potato to a marathon runner.

When I went back to look at that blog, I was surprised to find the above quote…couch potato to marathon runner. I don’t honestly think that on February 28th of this year, I thought I’d be running a full marathon less than a year after that. However, I probably hoped to one day finish a full marathon. However, by April 5th, I had made up my mind that I was going to register for my first full marathon…

However, just this week, after many weeks of looking over the finances, I have a plan in place to have the money I will need to run at Disney World! I plan on registering for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon as well as the inaugural 10K. That should be more than enough running for me to be satisfied. My wife is also thinking about doing the 10K to get the Minnie Mouse medal.

You can read the full blog here. Remember the initial announcement about Dopey?

By April 9th, it was official as I announced I was going Mickey (and Minnie too). What a day that was! Excitement over being able to register for the full marathon, and some fear over actually having to run 26.2 miles. Now, here I am, a mere 12 days away from attempting this goal run that I registered for way back on April 5th and finishing a distance that I started dreaming about on February 28th. As I think about that now, it is amazing how long ago that was. I’ve certainly come a long way from January 1, 2013.

Over the course of this year, I have accomplished the following:

  • Completed 3 half marathons (Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Disneyland Half Marathon, and Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon) improving my time on each race! I went from a 3 hour, 11 minute, 22 second Tinker Bell Half Marathon on January 20th to a 2 hour, 43 minute Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon on October 27th.
  • Completed 2 10K races (Pasadena 10K and Disneyland 10K)
  • Completed 5 5K races (Neverland 5K, Knott’s Berry Farm Coaster Run 5K, Angels 5K, Awesome 80’s 5K, Long Beach Marathon 5K)
  • Logged 636.47 miles in training runs over the course of the year. There have been several missed training runs that could have pushed this total higher. However, it’s still more than I’ve ever logged in any previous year. Not bad for the person who used to hate 1 mile runs in junior high school.

Lastly, I want to leave you with links to the blogs that had the most likes, most comments, and most viewed over the year.

First up, the blog post with the most likes came way back in April, entitled Pounding the Pavement Again. The second most likes was a tie between Other Theme Parks have 5K Races Too and The Victory Lap – Disneyland Half Marathon Recap.

The blog post with the most comments is Dress Rehearsal Training Run at Disneyland. Second place was 17 Weeks Completed – It’s Race Week, with one fewer comment than the blog with the most comments.

The Top 5, most viewed blog posts for the year are:

#5 – The Race that Changed My Life – Tinker Bell Half Marathon

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#4 – A Very Humid Disneyland 10K

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#3 – The Victory Lap – Disneyland Half Marathon Recap

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#2 – Dress Rehearsal Training Run at Disneyland

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#1 – Disneyland Candlelight Processional Music

In closing this year, I also want to highlight 3 more blog posts, if that’s okay, that didn’t make the top lists.

My favorite race that I ran this year was the Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon in large part because I blew not only my previous half marathon PR apart but my goal time for the race as well.

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Of the blog posts I’ve written this year, there are two that tie for my favorite ones to have written. First, was the post about my visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum (part 1part 2) back in July.

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The other post that was just as much of a favorite as the Walt Disney Family Museum posts was Thank You to All of Those who Inspire Me to keep Running. There is such a great group of people in the running community that I could have highlighted a few other runners in that blog post. It’s an absolute honor to count myself among this wonderful community that call themselves runners. Whether you get out and run a quarter-mile or are running ultra-marathons, you ARE a runner. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Simply stated, if you run, you are a runner.

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2013 has surely been a great year! If you’ve followed along, you know that it had many ups and downs along the way. However, overall, it was a great year. With the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend coming up, 2014 is going to get off to a LEGENDARY start. What were your favorite memories from 2013? What do you look forward to the most in 2014?

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2 comments on “Looking Back at 2013
  1. Jewell says:

    Congrats on an awesome running year and here’s to 2014!

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5K - 32:46 - 2012 Pasadena 5K

10K - 1:15:42 - 2013 Pasadena 10K

Half Marathon - 2:43:25 - 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

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