Looking back, 2013 was a great year for running. Here's a quick recap of my year in terms of races. I can tell you right now, there will be some repeats in 2014.
March: Rás na hÉireann 5k, Somerville, MA
In case you're wondering, the 2014 race is set for March 16. This race fills up fast, and you can guarantee that I will be there.
April: Boston Athletic Association 5k, Boston, MA
May: Reach the Beach-Massachusetts
The most picturesque moment, for me, came during my first leg, an 8.42 mile stretch through Rutland, MA. I was running downhill and around a broad bend, the view of thick and tall trees on either side. The tree line ended abruptly and opened up to the quite still of a lake. The road, a narrow two-lane, stretched across the lake, like a belt. I felt like I was experiencing one of the Rave Runs in Runner's World magazine. I might have even stretched my arms out to either side to try and embrace the image. I was tempted to slow and walk, to be able to spend more time with the landscape, clear water, reflecting white clouds in a blue sky.
June: Boston Athletic Association 10k, Boston, MA
September: Reach the Beach-New Hampshire & Tavern to Tavern 5k, Cambridge, MA
October: Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon, Boston, MA
November: ING New York City Marathon, New York, NY
December: Cambridge Winter Classic 5k, Cambridge, MA
Best race: Reach the Beach-New Hampshire
Proudest moment: Running my fastest 5k at the Tavern to Tavern
Most satisfying moment: Finishing the New York City Marathon
Most difficult: BAA 10k
Most beer consumed: Rás na hÉireann 5k
All moments to repeat and add to in 2014. Happy New Year!