12 in ’14: blacklight run AKA let’s take a shortcut AKA fun runs are not for me

it feels like forever since i’ve done an organized run, and for a while i was starting to worry that i skipped a month on accident. but i haven’t, this is just what happens when you do your last organized run at the beginning of the month – a whole month goes by before the next one. i know, i know – i have deep thoughts.


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12 in ’14: why “it’s just a 5K” is a horrible thing to say

january – ABB 5K and houston marathon

february – rhythm and blues 5K

march – sugarland half marathon

april – green6.2

may – tough mudder and run or dye

june – heights fun run 5K

it’s june 11, and so far i’ve done 8 events this year, totaling almost 70 miles (with countless training runs in between). running an event a month is starting to become draining, on both my stamina and my wallet. but i’m still enjoying it.

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12 in ’14: surprise race! run or dye houston

when i ran my first 5K this year, i made the decision to do an event a month in 2014. a lot of people have asked me “why not just do 14 in 2014?” and to them i have always responded that i might try that. one run a month is a lot (its especially a drain on my wallet), so doing more than one a month seemed a bit much. but in january, i did a 5K and a marathon (24 hours apart, i might add), so i was just one away from 14 in ’14. i’m happy to say that, if i stick with my one event a month from now until december, i will hit that mark.

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12 in ’14: Houston Marathon

i’ve always wanted to run a marathon. even when i was fat, and i hated running or exercising or doing anything other than eating at chili’s. in fact, i remember when i was in college and i went on a hunting trip with my soon to be father-in-law and brother-in-law. we had just gone night hunting (or nunting as i called it), and we were eating at, you guessed it, chili’s. i don’t know how the topic came up (probably kemp asking what our hopes and dreams were) and i announced that i was going to train for a marathon. they were super impressed (which is probably why i said it in the first place) and then i ordered an old timer with cheese and bacon.

needless to say, it would be at least 5 more years until i actually decided to run a marathon.

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July’s race: the Blacklight Run!

July’s event has been registered for! from their website, the Blacklight Run is

a unique night 5K experience focused less on speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family. Glowing participants come from all different ages, shapes, sizes and speeds; every participant will get Glowed and has the time of their life. Whether you are an avid runner or a walk around the park walker, the 3 miles of the Blacklight RUn course will have you glowing and waiting for the next one!

i’m mostly excited about this one because i convinced my wife and another couple to sign up with me, so i won’t be doing it alone.

so now im registered for an event in April, May, July and August. can’t wait!

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