Highlight Reel …. 2015

I think the end of the year highlight reel is important, particularly for those years that go down in history as being difficult.    And if I thought 2014, and the move to our new home in Indiana was difficult, I was wrong.  2015 brought us trials and tribulations that would have broken most.  Yet we are still standing strong, just a bit weak in the knees.

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I encourage all of you to focus on the positive.  Leave behind the negative whether it be people, habits, attitudes or memories.  Grab onto the positive from each year and make your own highlight reel.  When we are old & grey, nobody wants to hear sad, woeful stories but rather the ones that inspire and bring laughter & smiles.  We get to choose the legacy that we leave behind, let it be a positive one.

Legacy

Stats – 1100 miles on foot.  900 miles on bike.

Races:

  • 5K – 1
  • 8K – 1
  • Half Marathon – 2
  • Marathon – 8
  • 1/2 Ironman – 1
  • 50K – 1

Best Run – Charleston, NC – Cooper River Bridge

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Favorite pics.  1)  Kids first day of school, 2)  Lilo – 2.5 months, 3) Aby’s First Half Marathon, 4)  Celebrating Mom’s birthday at Dierks Bently.

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Favorite Race – Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, which is a “practice” run for the Minnesota Voyager 50 mile ultra up by Lake Superior in MN.  Took Julie & I forever to run it.  So freaking hard.  But we smiled the entire time.

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Best Bridges – Pittsburg Marathon.  Really loved this race, town & all the bridges.

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Fastest Marathon – Indianapolis Monumental Marathon – 4:26

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Best Selfie – Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.  Me, Erin Rose, Tamyra, Missy & Julie in the back “flying”.  Love this pic.

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Favorite Race pic – Ironman 70.3 Steelhead

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In 2015, I checked 6 new states off my list:  Missouri, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, Minnesota & Oklahoma.  My goal to run a marathon in every state is ongoing as a long term goal.  I love the adventure and the road trips with my run friends.  But I also like to support local races, help my friends and run group members achieve their goals and run iconic races that just so happen to be in states I’ve already checked off the list.  I’ve ran 15 states thus far and the journey will continue well into the future.  One state at a time as the family & budget allows and as my run friends can fit travel & new states into their schedules. 

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As we close in on 2016, I first and foremost pray for a healthy, happy family, then a healthy body that can continue to pursue goals at whatever pace seems manageable.  I hope to color in a few new states on my marathon map and participate in a few more 70.3 triathlons.  I’m looking forward to a fresh start, new goals and the beauty of the unknown.  Cheers to 2016!  I hope it’s the best year so far for my family & yours!

** Cheers ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Garmin Marathon (or Half) FREE Entry Giveaway – 2016 – Welcome to the Land of Oz

Lions & Tigers & Bears ….. Oh my!   What does that phase mean to you?  In my world, I grew up singing this phrase over and over.  Its one that my friends and I would scream, shout & sing while chasing each other around in a game of tag, keep away or while out in the dark pretending to be scared of the unknown.  The Wizard of Oz was more than a movie to us.  We incorporated the story line and plot into our own playtime antics.  We dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween.  We named our dogs Toto.  We had Wizard of Oz lunch boxes.  The Wizard of Oz was and still is a classic.  Here is a pic of Aby at 14 weeks, absolutely enthralled with the movie.   I know the feeling.

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So how many of you are aware that there is an #OzRun in Olathe (O-Lay-th), KS sponsored by Garmin?  The Garmin Marathon, In the Land of Oz is on April 16, 2016.  Who’s running with me?

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If you’re a Wizard of Oz fan, this is a must run event.  If you are a Garmin fan, this is a must run event.  If you are a Marathon Maniac, Half Fanatic or 50 States runner, you’ll end up at the Garmin Marathon because it’s where your friends are going and because this is the premier marathon in Kansas.  So who’s running with me now?

This is the 13th year for the Garmin Marathon but it is still a smaller race that caters to the runners.  There were less than 4000 finishers in 2015 so know that you will be getting the red carpet, I mean, Yellow Brick Road treatment.  I anticipate this race to grow exponentially over the coming years so am happy to be running while its still smaller and focused on delivering a quality race to the runners.  See the finish line below.  Just follow the yellow brick road!   Follow, Follow, Follow, Follow ……

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The start/finish will be mere steps outside of your hotel room at the new Embassy Suites Hotel at the Olathe Convention Center.  After our hotel fiasco in Tulsa, you know I’ll be staying there.  Book HERE for a discounted rate.

This will also be the location of the Emerald City Finish Line Festival which will offer runners freebies such as:  snacks, beer, a meal, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, yoga stretching & live music.

Sounds awesome, right?  The Garmin Marathon has graciously decided to give away ONE entry to any race of your choosing.  Giveaway starts NOW and runs until Christmas Eve (12/24/15) at 8am CST.  I’ll do a quick drawing on Christmas Eve morning so we can announce a winner and make sure that someone has a great start to Christmas 2015.  To be entered you MUST comment below.  You can also get additional entries by jumping thru a few hoops (listed below).

  • Comment Below – Required – 1 Entry
  • Garmin Customer – 1 Entry (tell us which product you own)
  • Like the TooTallFritz Facebook page HERE – 1 Entry
  • Like the Garmin Marathon Facebook page HERE – 1 Entry
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  • Follow TooTallFritz on Twitter HERE – 1 Entry
  • Follow the Garmin Marathon on Twitter HERE – 1 Entry
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  • Follow TooTallFritz on Instagram HERE – 1 Entry
  • Follow the Garmin Marathon  on Instagram HERE – 1 Entry
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Total of 11 possible entries. Just let me know in the comments what actions you preformed so I can allot you the proper amount of entries.  Good luck.  I’ll announce the winner on Christmas Eve morning!

** Let’s Run the Land of Oz ** Amanda – TooTallFritz