Charleston Marathon – Half Marathon – Jan. 16th – Saturday Morning
Run with Donna: The Breast Cancer Research Marathon – Full Marathon – February 12th – Sunday Morning
Savannah Women’s – Half Marathon – April 8th – Saturday Morning = My 35th Birthday
Chicago Marathon – Full Marathon – October 8th – Sunday Morning
11/6/2016 – NYC Marathon – 6:26:25
The race where I forgot the most important of all marathon goals – to finish injury free and smiling. I forgot to include that one when I set my goals and man it came back to bite me in the butt. NYC was the most painful race I have completed, due to a horrible tendinitis flare up, but I struggled through and finished since it will probably be my only chance at NYC – that lottery is tough!
6/9/2016 – Race the Landing 5K Series – Race 4 – 30:20
I had no time goal in mind and just wanted to take it easy for a few reasons. Mainly, the fact that the day before had been leg day at Orange Theory Fitness and my glute muscles were on fire and I knew I had to wake up the next morning and do my 10 mile long run before jumping in a car to Asheville, NC. I knew really pushing it would not only kill my tired glutes, but also my long run the next morning so my only plan was to enjoy the run.
6/02/2016 – Race the Landing 5K Series – Race 3 – 32:05
The truth is I was no longer here to race, instead I was just focusing on running and having a good time because building a marathon base without getting hurt is more important that a 5K race right now.
5/12/2016 – Race the Landing 5K Series – Race 2 – 29:18
After losing lots of fitness with a long stint off racing and running I knew coming close to a PR wasn’t in the cards. Instead, I set myself a slower, but more manageable, goal to run a sub 30. Boy it was a push, but I am so happy I was able to achieve my mini-goal.
8/29/2015 – Dirt Dash Half Marathon – 2:28:26
I took it easy on this one in the hot August sun and still met my 3 trail race goals:
1. don’t trip and fall
2. don’t get lost
3. have fun
7/9/2015 – Race the Landing 4K Series #5 – 39:something
After a tough weekend of running in Atlanta my left calf muscle was really bothering me. Add that in with the triple digit temperatures at race time and a friend and I just were not feeling it so we ended up walking the final race of the series. I was by far my slowest, but also a ton of fun!
6/11/2015 – Race the Landing 5K Series #4 – 29:51
A week later I was back with the same goal, to help pace a friend to her first sub30 half. It was hot and sticky and not the race I would have chosen for her PR attempt, but she pushed like crazy and fought through to make this her first sub 30 and a brand new PR. I had the most amazing time pacing her and getting to cross that finish line with her.
6/4/2015 – Race The Landing 5K Series #3 – 30:50
I went into this race with a new goal – helping a friend run her first sub30 5K. In the end, even with the numerous walk breaks we had to take due to the crazy humidity, we came in at 30:50, she only missed her goal by 50 seconds. While it wasn’t the race we wanted I am very proud of her because she had a really tough day (some runs are just like that) and she gave it her all and pushed through. Next week is race number 4 and we will again be trying for that sub30.
5/15/2015 – Race The Landing 5K Series #2 – 27:02
I was pushing with all I had, exhausted – yet I just wasn’t hitting the splits I was able to hit last week. It is funny how I felt like I was working even harder, but in actuality I was running slower. I guess you just never know how things will turn out with all the variables on race day.
5/7/2015 – Race The Landing 5K Series #1 – 26:36
A brand new PR on a humid day. I am very proud because I did it while sticking to my pacing plan.
1/17/2015 – Charleston Half Marathon – 2:10:12
My goal was to cut 41 seconds off my Kiawah time, which I knew would be tough. I was not; however, planning for a major race SNAFU when the lead car took a wrong turn and we went 0.3 miles too far. The race was great about admitting their mistake and trying to fix it, but I cannot help be wonder if that cost me some time.
Actual Finish Time With SNAFU = 2:12:08
Half Marathon Time (According to Garmin) = 2:08:46
Official Adjusted Time = 2:10:12
12/13/2014 – Kiawah Island Half Marathon – 2:10:40
Kiawah is a flat, beautiful course. In all honesty I really prefer it over the Charleston marathon. However, this time I decided to use it to work on some things I struggled with last month in Savannah , namely finishing speed, so that I could aim for a 2:10 at the Charleston Half next month. It was a great day and a great run. I was even able to pick it up a bit at the end and was so happy with my performance.
12/6/2014 – Reindeer Run 5K – 27:30
This is the one local fall/winter 5K I make sure I am able to run each year. It usually has great weather and it is a flat, beautiful course – all perfect for PR attempts. I went into this with a big goal, getting my first sub 28 minute 5K time which would be an instant PR and the weather cooperated perfectly. It was tough, but I am so proud.
11/27/2014 – Gobble Wobble 5K – untimed
I did this race without any goals and walked the whole thing with a running buddy of mine who had gotten pregnant and was no longer able to run it as she has planned. It was a nice morning and gorgeous weather as we walked and talked.
11/8/2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon – 2:12:54
A great flat course that went through some pretty areas of the city. My big goal was to come in under 2:15, but I wanted to try and dig deep and beat 2:14:15 which was the fastest half I had run in the past few years. Everything went well and I beat my goal! Great race that I will do again next year.
10/11/2014 – Low Country Trail Half Marathon – 2:37:39
Officially my slowest half ever. I just couldn’t get my footing and didn’t want to trip so I slowed way down and just enjoyed the scenery.
8/31/2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon – 2:26:26
This year the race set not only the record for heat, but also for humidity. I slowed down, had a great time, and just ran this one for fun.
7/10/2014 – Race the Landing – Recap 5 – DNS
Today family took priority over running, and I do not regret that.
6/12/2014 – Race the Landing – Recap 4 – 28:31
Boy is it toasty out, days like this have me praying for fall races.
6/5/2014 – Race the Landing – Recap 3 – 28:10
A wonky Garmin, and some crazy race results made this new PR a bit less exciting.
5/8/2014 – Race the Landing – Recap 2 – 29:44
I was in a lot of pain this race and just happy to break 30 minutes.
5/1/2014 – Race the Landing – Recap 1 – 28:19
The one where I crashed and burned at the end, yet somehow still pulled out a PR.
2/2/2014 – Rock ‘n Roll New Orleans Full Marathon – 5:43:35
This was not a good race for me. Lots of painful, sad, walking, Read the full recap for details.
1/18/2014 – Charleston Half Marathon – 2:22:24
Much more painful that the Kiawah Half and my time showed it.
12/14/2013 – Kiawah Half Marathon – 2:14:39
The one where I barely squeak under my 2:15 goal.
Boy I cut that close.
12/7/2013 – Reindeer Run 5K – 28:35
My Garmin refused to work so I had no idea how fast I was going.
My plan – push like hell it is only 3 miles.
Ouch! It hurt, but I have a new 5K PR.
11/28/2013 – Gobble Wobble 5K – untimed
Burrrrrrr…. One of the coldest Thanksgiving mornings in Charleston in a while.
It was cold waiting for the race to start, but I had an awesome time running with my sister-in-law.
11/6/2013 – Festival of Lights 2 miler – untimed
This one was all about enjoying the gorgeous holiday lights with friends.
Super fun, I think I will do it every year.
10/27/2013 – Marine Corp Marathon – 5:47:38
This race was a way to remember my Bobbin, a Marine who served in World War II and Korea.
While my time was not spectacular I am 100% sure he would approve of the decision I made.
10/12/2013 – Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon – 2:26: 50
My goal was to beat my Dirt Dash time, but this trail was much more intense so my goals shifted to:
Don’t fall, trip, or get hurt.
Don’t get lost.
I achieved both goals and had an amazing time doing it!
9/7/2013 – Francis Marion Dirt Dash Half Marathon – 2:24:18
I did not know what to expect from a trail race and I just could not get my stride on this one, but I enjoyed it and will be back next year.
May – July – Run the Landing 5K series = did not run races 1-4 due to injury & doctor’s orders
07/11/2013 = Race the Landing 5K = 29:39
I really surprised myself on this one. I had signed up for so many 5Ks, but never been able to run one before, I guess number 7 was lucky. I was hoping for 31 minutes after months off post marathon, but was able to break 30 in my first 5K. Woohoo!
04/27/2013 = The Country Music Marathon = 4:57:34
I did not meet my 4:30 goal, or even my altered 4:45 goal, but I did get a 16 minute PR. I am proud of this considering it poured rain the entire time, I was drugged up on antibiotics for strep throat, and my hamstring/glute are still fighting me – being able to push through this one and finish was quite the accomplishment. Marathon number 2 in the books.
04/06/2013 = Cooper River Bridge Run 10K = 60:45
This was a tough race for me because I had been used to improving on this course each year. From a 1:10, to a 1:02, to a 58, to a 55 – then last year I was knocked out with an injury and my doctor said I couldn’t run. This year I was able to run, but due to nagging pain I was not able to PR, I slowed down and listened to my body. I guess in reality I knew that not every race could be a PR, but I had really want to beat and hour. Those extra 45 seconds – BOO!
03/23/2013 = Color Me Rad 5K (actually 2.7ish) = untimed
Say YES to Color Runs If:
– You have a fun friend/group to go with
– You don’t mind getting dirty
– You can laugh at yourself
– You believe in prancing, twirling, and hopping
01/26/2013 = Charlie Post Classic 15K (9.3 miles) = 1:31:10
I’m back! The Charlie Post 15K feels like my return to running.
I was pacing myself! – My running partner wasn’t there pacing me, no music was getting me through, some fancy watch wasn’t telling me how fast I was going.
Finally, my body was falling back into it’s old rhythm. Good heavens it was a brilliant run!
01/19/2013 = Charleston Half Marathon = 2:14:15 (by official results)
About 16 minutes slower than my course PR, but I was so happy to be running again that I did not care. This one goes down as a victory even though when you read my Charleston Half Marathon Recap you will see it was not perfect. (No jelly beans… ludicrous!)
12/08/2012 = Kiawah Island Half Marathon = deferred until 2013 due to injury
After so many months of not running I was not willing to risk it – my Kiawah Island Marathon Deferment was the right decision as I was only up to running 6 miles at the time.
11/22/2012 = Gobble Wobble 5K = 44:39
Wow. Not the 5K PR I was hoping for, but I guess having to walk a race will do that too you. Check out my Thanksgiving Day Gobble Wobble 5K recap to see how I did.
10/28/2012 – Marine Corp Marathon = deferred until 2013 due to injury and physical therapy
My Marine Corp Marathon Deferment was a very hard decision. I was really looking forward to this race and to miss it was so tough, plus in addition to that not knowing when I’ll be healthy and able to run again is very rough.
10/6/1012 – Isle of Palms Connector Run 10K = DNS
I dropped out due to my physical therapy, but then hit my breaking point on that day. Two did not starts in a row. Yikes.
3/31/2012 – Cooper River Bridge Run 10K = DNS
I wanted so bad to try and run this and beat my 55 from last year, maybe a 54 or 53. However, I was on strict doctors orders, “NO EXERCISE.” Instead I played chauffer and dropped G & T off and hung out downtown for about 4 hours waiting to cheer them across the finish. Then I had a doughnut and bratwurst with them, because I paid the entry fee and had my bib and everything and therefore was sure I deserved that food, $45 and no race, I was getting my money worth.
01/08/2012 – Disney World Marathon = 5:13:31
…and then it hit the fan. T and I were on perfect pace to finish at 4:30 and then something horrible happened in my right foot. It was a shooting, crazy pain every time I stepped. My face was in a permanent wince except when I would try real quick to fake a smile for the cameras. My pace dropped from 10:30ish to 12 to 15 min miles. Ouch! I was really disappointed in myself. However, I tried to look at the bright side I did finish a marathon. Plus as stubborn as I am after about 10 minutes of complaining about my bad finish I decided I had to beat that ugly time. Enter marathon number 2.
04/02/2011 – Cooper River Bridge Run 10K = 55:32
My goal was to beat my 58 from last year. In my head I was shooting for 55ish because that seemed like a good number, but I didn’t tell anyone as it seemed like a big jump. So happy I made it, 2 amazing races in a row.
1/15/2011 – Charleston Half Marathon = 1:58:27
While I may have fallen in love with running before and even become a regular runner in the past year, this race made it official. Obsession!
I knew I wanted to run more and I knew that I would need a buddy to motivate me. T is the type who cannot say no to any physical challenge (she plays rugby, lacrosse, hockey, and anything else you throw at her) so I asked her if she would be interested in trying some races with me. This was our first race together and our sub 2 hour time exceeded even our hopes.
I have never been prouder. At this time we decided it was time for a marathon.
3/27/2010 – Cooper River Bridge Run 10K = 58:12
I had been running even more, some might even say on a regular basis. I came in with the goal of breaking an hour. I was super happy with my performance. Then C’s dad pointed out that he beat me by exactly 2 seconds. I blame this on the fact that C tripped and I stopped to help her up. Where were you then dadio?
11/26/2009 – Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K = 43:01
Sometimes it isn’t about you, it is about helping someone else fall in love with running. This race I helped pace a friend who was just starting to run. We would run a bit, walk a bit, run a bit,…
10/03/2009 – Isle of Palms Connector Run 10K = 1:02:53
I had been running off and on for a while at this point so I didn’t do any special training for this one and matched my Cooper time pretty closely.
04/04/2009 – Cooper River Bridge Run 10K = 1:02:something
Stupid chip broke. My goal was 10 minute miles and I did just that. Meeting my goal made for a very happy Abby.
04/ 05/2008 – Cooper River Bridge Run 10K = 1:10:05
This is what happens when you hardly run for the 4 months after your half marathon. I had fun running the race though and felt the desire to do better. This may be about the point the running bug first struck.
12/08/2007 – Kiawah Half Marathon = 2:37:33
My first real race and I started with a half marathon. Who does that? I hadn’t fallen in love with running yet and while I did a few longer runs, I did not run regularly. It was rough.