2015 is almost over, and I’m a little bummed because while I haven’t been a fast runner this year, it’s still been the best year of my life so far. I finished 6 marathons (more than any year in the past) and got more black race shirts than any year ever. Yes, there were a few grey, white (ugh!) and colorful shirts in the mix, too, but I’m still going to call 2015 the year of black race shirts, and the best year ever.
January was cold, and snowy, and miserable in NYC, but I escaped for a brief weekend to run the Houston Marathon, and it was great – except for the see-thru white finisher’s shirt.
In February it continued to be cold and miserable along the East Coast, but I escaped for a week to Portland, Oregon, where it was warm and sunny and I ran with Mt. Hood in the distance. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a t-shirt.
In March I spent a few days in Antigua before immediately heading to Crater Lake, Oregon, to camp in the snow. That’s right, I went from this:
…in the span of two days. It was a bit of a shock, but I’m so glad to have done it, and I’d do it again (with a warmer sleeping bag next time).
No t-shirts were harmed in the making of those trips.
In April I visited Austin, TX, for the first time and ran around Town Lake.
I also took a multi-sport trip to the interior of Ecuador, where I hiked up a river in the Amazon, rode a horse not far from Cotopaxi, and hiked the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake (another Crater Lake – this one without snow!).
And I got a free black t-shirt from Pure Life Ecuador!
In June I traveled to Deadwood, South Dakota, for the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon‘s black race shirt. I survived, allowing me to get another black race shirt at the Oakley Mini 10K in Central Park. Later in the month I ran my first Ragnar Trail and got a nice brown shirt, which is pretty much the same as black.
For the 4th of July I ran the Pound Ridge 5K (with a decidedly un-black cotton race shirt) before heading to Washington state to start my EMT training.
I finished my month of EMT camp in August, earning myself a super cool dark grey (almost like black!) RMI shirt, a lifetime of amazing memories, and some cool views like this.
The Rocket City Marathon offered a shirt that really wanted to be black (it’s dark grey) and a chance to see a lot of policemen.
That’s 6 full marathons, one half, one 10-miler, one 10K, one 5K, one trail relay, two food runs, two international trips, and two Crater Lakes visited this year. And for shirts, that’s 6 black, 3 grey, 2 white, 2 red, and 1 each of brown, green, blue, and yellow. Yes, that’s 17 free shirts just this year. Don’t worry, I bought more shirts, too. (And people wonder why I have a t-shirt storage problem…)
Here’s to many more races, and shirts, and happiness in 2016!
How did your year shape up? Anything you’d like to change or repeat for next year? What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Share in the comments!