When I saw that the topic for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run was repeat races, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the races I have run multiple times and see my progression- or lack thereof! You may recall that I can be VERY consistent with my race times, to a fault. Like when I tied my Baltimore Half-Marathon PR from 2007 when I ran it again in 2011. Or when I raced the Charles St 12 two seconds slower in 2015 than in 2014.
I don’t just do this with the same course though. I have been lingering right around my 5k PR since December 2013. I’ll run a second or two slower but just can’t break it. I did manage to PR in the 6k last month by 2 seconds- that was a big deal for me!
So, let’s look back at some races I have run multiple times:
2012 (23:01), 2013 (22:34), 2015 (21:40)
These times reflect the progression of my 5k times over the years, although my performance for this race is always affected by the heat.
Molly Murphy Memorial 5k
I think it was hotter the second time I ran this. Also, the course was slightly different. The first year we did 4 laps around a track, the second year was only 2 and the extra half a mile was on a hill.
Port to Fort 6k
2009 (29:01), 2016 (27:13)
This probably doesn’t count because the course was different. Back in 2009 I was rarely racing, and just getting into really running consistently. So clearly there was alot of room for improvement from that first 6k time.
Sole of the City 10k
2013 (47:31), 2016 (46:58)
It took me 3 years, but I finally PR’d the 10k distance. This has really been a long time coming- I had run faster 10ks in training runs, so it was just a matter of making it happen on the day of a race. Now that I think of it, this course changed a bit too. I don’t think it was drastically easier or more difficult though.
Baltimore Ten Miler
2012 (1:22:11), 2013 (1:22:13), 2014 (1:19:12)
How about those first two race times! Two seconds apart! And I really thought I was in much better shape in 2013. That was a bit of a disappointment, but at least I had some redemption in 2014.
Charles St 12
Another one where I was two seconds off. I guess it does look like I am working a little harder in the 2014 pic (left) than in the 2015 pic (right). It’s pretty crazy how I am pretty much in the same spot with the same form in both these photos!
My first half marathon ever was Baltimore in 2007. I ran two other halfs (slower) before returning in 2011 to run the same course. 4 years plus a hip surgery later and I ran the exact same time. I was a completely different runner at this point, so I am amazed that it happened. In my defense, I was training for the Philly Marathon and could have probably run a faster time otherwise, but still. I came back with a fight in 2014 and 2015.
Maryland Half Marathon
2012 (1:52:41), 2013 (1:49:47)
This one is a tough course. The first year I was recovering from an injury, and the second year was extremely hot. I was actually aiming for a sub-1:45 in 2013 so I was pretty disappointed with my time.
2011 (4:07:43), 2014 (3:46:33)
Philly 2011 was my first marathon ever, and I returned in 2014 and set a big PR. Only good things can be said about this race.
Wow, that was alot of running pictures. Also, this makes me feel like I have done alot of races. Actually, I have done 43 so this only represents a handful. I know many runners have done hundreds, which just amazes me!
Do you run repeat races? Ever run the same time twice?
How many races have you run?