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Less races and more active vacations seemed to be our story for 2015. After a less than optimal start to January in terms of weather, Tom and I headed to Florida for a nice warm vacation which included a cruise in the Caribbean. Stand up paddle boarding was enjoyed for the first time and training continued for my big race in April and another in February. This meant treadmills on the ship and some outside deck running would be included in our relaxing vacation!
We started our racing in 2015 with the Princess Half Marathon weekend in Florida in February. I ran only the half marathon but Christine took on the Glass Slipper Challenge and had great results in both races enjoying the half marathon with our running friend Megan. My half marathon result included a PR and an age group award and my older sister helped me to the finish line, placing first in her age group.
In March, we had the most exciting thing of the year happen, when Christine and Adam became engaged. We spent Easter weekend making plans and everything fell together for a June 13th wedding!
Several months of hard training plus a few trips to Boston for hill training on Heartbreak hill culminated with a weekend of highs and lows as I tackled the big daddy of marathons, the Boston Marathon! Food poisoning 40 hours before the race that included a trip to the emergency room at Tufts Medical center did not stop me from joining Alison at the starting line in Hopkinton for the 26.2 miles to Boston.
Several weeks later, Christine and I traveled across country to take on the Pixie Dust Challenge to complete our Coast to Coast races for the year. We both had specific goals for the 10k and were successful in earning PR's and an age group award for the old lady runner. The half marathon was a lot of fun and while it wasn't a PR for either of us, I was fortunate to earn another age group award at a Disney race.
An additional 5k was added to my schedule due to peer pressure from my group. While the race was ridiculously hot and humid, the camaraderie with my teammates made it worth the effort. And the celebration afterwards with a full spread of food and some adult beverages made it a very fun
June arrived and we had an amazing weekend celebrating the marriage of Christine and Adam. The weather was oh so hot, but other than that, it was a perfect weekend of fun and festivities.
The summer months included injuries, time away from running and ended with a race over Labor Day weekend, Christine and I rocked the Virginia Beach Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon for our third time! Soon after, another vacation came and there were no races involved! I did become very familiar with the treadmill at our hotels and on the river cruise, keeping up with my fall marathon training plan!
September gave way to October and a small 5k to support our local USO happened in Jacksonville NC. Several friends participated and it was alot of fun despite the heat.
October was a month of long mileage and then taper for NYC Marathon. While I was busy running, Christine was preparing for an awesome honeymoon vacation in Hawaii. And her trip would not include running, but plenty of activities that include snorkeling with turtles and hiking in lava fields!
November 1st was the date of my marathon that I hoped would be a strong one after my Boston Marathon difficulty with not only food poisoning but also poor race day weather. The day was nearly perfect in every way and I was so excited and yes a little relieved to achieve my A goal and get near my Boston qualifying time again.
As the year came to a close, Christine was off from running due to a knee problem that has come back again. A break from running can be therapeutic and hopefully my running buddy will be back with me for some races in 2016.