Sometimes I wonder why are we so blind to fate?
Without compassion, there can be no end to hate
No end to sorrow caused by the same endless fears
Why can’t we learn from all we’ve been through
After two thousand years?
– “Two Thousand Years” Billy Joel
2014 Review of Race Reviews
I’ve had A LOT going on lately and haven’t had a chance to rac,e but I plan to get started again here in January. My foot hasn’t been right since I ran the Run 4 Shelter Half Marathon, but I am ready to try to hit the pavement (or treadmill).
One administrative note for 2015: I may not be able to keep calling myself Maryland Race Reviews. Pennsylvania Race Reviews might have to be the new name. It looks like the family will be headed to Southern York, PA in 2015. It seems like all of the good races are in Maryland, so maybe I will just have to commute a little further. I do expect to add a few more Pennsylvania reviews next year at the very least. But I am getting ahead of myself.
The year that was…..
Here are just a couple of awards to celebrate the best and worst of the races I ran last year.
Worst excuse not to run a race: The Penguin Pace 5K. I forgot to register. I showed up for packet pickup, but to my surprise they had no record of my registration. Dumb.
Best All-around 5K: Special Operations Memorial Day 5k in Baltimore. Great crowd, great atmosphere, great cause. If you had to pick one race in 2015 this should be the one.
Worst 5K: Panther Trot 5K. The course was off. Way off. Like .5 miles off. They did a number of things right, but they got the most important one (The Actual Race Course) wrong.
Best Course: Across the Bay 10K. The view can’t be beat. Most of the race takes place on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the views across the bay and over the side of the bridge are breath-taking. I do need to give a nod to the Run 4 Shelter Half Marathon. The course snakes through the trails of Kent Island with views of the Chesapeake Bay.
Most fun I had at a race: 2014 Maryland Warrior Dash. Prior to the Warrior Dash I was hurt either before, during or after every mud run I had attempted. This one was a blast from start to finish. Emily was the best mud run partner ever.
So that is 2014 in a nutshell. In 2015 I have a couple of ideas on races I would like to run:
- The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (although I missed the lottery)
- The Army 10 Miler
- Warrior Dash 2015 (maybe in PA and/or MD)
- A race in PA
It will be a good year if I can get 3 out of 5 of those. Moving has already put a damper on my race schedule and looks to do so for the beginning of 2015 as well.
Thanks to all 4 of you that follow my site (I doubled my followers during the past year – Thanks Mom and Dad). I hope you all had a happy healthy 2014 and an even better 2105. In the words of Douglas Adams “So long, and thanks for all the fish”.