Nifty Fifty!

Turns out the Cape Cod Marathon was my 50th race!

I haven’t really been keeping track of this sort of thing on purpose, but I noticed it because I use an excel document to keep track of all my races and the rows are numbered automatically. Once I noticed, I thought it was pretty cool that a “milestone” race was a special one; one I’d trained for for months and months.

In celebration of my 50th race, I’d like to share some fun facts from my first 50 races!

FIRST RACE: May 27th, 2007 ::: The Run to Remember ::: Boston, MA ::: 5 miles ::: 55:50 minutes Recap

LONGEST DISTANCE RACED: Marathon ::: 26.2 miles ::: 3 races

MOST RUN RACE: Delaware Avenue YMCA Turkey Trot 8k ::: 6 times ::: I Love this race! I can’t wait to line up for it again this year. 

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And I’ve run with my sis all 6 times!

MOST RACES PER YEAR: 2010 ::: 9 races ::: I don’t really shoot for a particular number of races per year, and I don’t think I’ll ever get up past this number. I don’t run to race, so I’ve become more particular about the races I sign up for. 

MOST POPULAR MONTH: October ::: 10 races ::: Best time of year to race, no one can convince me otherwise.

DISTANCE MOST RACED: 5k :::13 races ::: This is funny to me because it’s my least favorite distance. A lot of holiday races are 5k, though, and those are some of my favorites, so that probably has something to do with it.

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Did you say “Jingle Bell 5k”? Sign me up!


TIME SPENT RACING: 63 hours, 48 minutes, 30 seconds

BEST POST RACE FOOD: Run-A-Latke 5k ::: Swampscott, MA ::: December 1st, 2013 ::: Latkes and Doughnuts ::: We had plans to go out to breakfast after the run, but the food was so delicious that we filled up after the race and didn’t even bother.

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Jeff always makes sure to capture the important moments. 🙂


Do you keep track of how many races you’ve completed? What are some of your favorites?

***Also, I just finished up editing a new Races page, where I’ve listed all my races and times and linked to all the recaps I have written. So, if you want to check out my 1st fifty races, take a look.***


8 thoughts on “Nifty Fifty!

  1. Oh my, that pictures is hilarious! I haven’t run that many races, but I’m excited to do my first repeat–a Turkey Trot 5k that’s a fundraiser for a community center 🙂 A great way to mitigate the Thanksgiving Day calorie bomb!

    • Repeat races are cool; I kind of want to be one of those old people some day that have run a race for the last 30 years in a row. I should probably start working on that.

  2. Happy 50th!!!! I kept track more recently of my races but not in detail like this. It’s kinda cool to see how many hours you’ve race, how far you’ve ran. Might have to do some math 🙂

    • I decided to start the list a couple years after I started racing, it required some internet searching for old results, but now it’s really easy to keep it up. I thought the hours raced was interesting, too. Too bad I don’t have this data for all of my runs in general, that would be something to see, but I only consistently track mileage, and haven’t been doing that the entire time I’ve been running.

  3. Congrats on 50 races! I have a similar spreadsheet, but it’s not numbered and I haven’t counted… I’m curious now! I’ve only done repeats of 2 races but both of them are pretty good – the Old Port 5K in Portland and the Canal Diggers Road Race in Worcester. I also really loved the Firefighters Memorial 6K, also in Worcester, and hope to do that one every year!

    • I honestly almost missed the fact that it was number 50, I’m glad I didn’t. It was fun to look back a bit and figure out some of those stats. I remember your recap of the Old Port 5k, it sounded really good. I might have to check it out next year. 🙂

    • I didn’t start keeping track right away and had to do some internet searching for the results of some of the first ones, but now I’m happy I did that. It’s cool to look back at the list.

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