Mary Baum

My 5 Favorite Races: 2012

2012 was a year of a lot of amazing races. I was able to shrink my list down to my 5 favorite races that I ran this year. Here they are, from early in the year all the way up to now!

The Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge was an absolute blast. It was the first time that did more than one race in a day, let alone four in one weekend! I ran 31ish miles over the course of 2 days, and really had fun doing it. I was training for a marathon at the time, and just incorporated the race weekend into my training.

The Harvey’s 5k was a nice small race over in St. Pete. It was really nothing crazy out of the ordinary, except for one thing – I won the race! It holds a place in my heart as the first (and only) race that I have ever won!

The Top Gun Triathlon is my favorite triathlon that I completed in 2012. Not to mention, it is the only triathlon that i completed in 2012. :P I had the support of the rest of my XP MultiSport teammates at the race, and it really was so much fun! I can’t wait to race in a few more triathlons in 2013!

The Chicago Marathon is by far, my favorite race of 2012. After completing 7 marathons, I feel like I have finally figured out how to race them (for me at least!). I was without a Garmin and just ran by the way my body felt. I pushed myself hard, and listened very carefully to what my body was telling me. A part of me is still on a high from this race. I didn’t feel a need to register for a race immediately after the marathon, as I knew the accomplishment I felt of reaching a PR was incredibly rewarding!

The Turkey Trot is a race I run every single year, but this year was different. My twin sister completed it too! It was her very first 10k, and I was able to make her a training plan and coach her for a few months toward her completion goal! The race was tons of fun, and of course, I can’t wait to race again next year!

Did you have any favorite races that you ran this year? What were they, and what made them your favorite?

6 Responses

  1. Steph @321delish
    Steph @321delish December 28, 2012 at 9:34 am |

    Great post! You had such a great year! Can’t wait to race with you in 2013!

  2. Meghan @ little girl in the big world
    Meghan @ little girl in the big world December 28, 2012 at 11:04 am |

    Great year of racing! I did the Beck’s Light challenge and LOVED it! I’m doing Disney Princess for fun this year though so will miss Gasparilla.

  3. Mallory
    Mallory December 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    That Michelob Ultra Challenge sounds really cool and like a lot of fun! Definitely hard work though! Love the medals! My favorite race of 2012 was my first marathon because I finally did it after so many years of wanting to do it.

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  5. beka @ rebecca roams
    beka @ rebecca roams December 29, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    I love the Gasparilla challenges! I haven’t done one yet, but considering the Select55 one! I’ll already be trained for a half, running RnR on the 10th, and going to Muse concert on the 23rd, so I might not be awake enough to pull out a half, but an 8k may be possible :)

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