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2009 Races and Medals

So as I said yesterday in the video post, I am really going to have reflective posts every day this week about what I think this year has meant to me running wise and how ‘far’ I’ve come. This post I’ve taken pictures of all the medals I’ve got this year. Some were earned by placing in a race, but most were just from running the given race.

I started off the year running in the Kaiser Half Marathon in Irvine, CA and finished in 1:48:43, which was about a nine minute PR from my first half marathon ever in October. I really enjoyed that race and had a lot of fun that day. Then I ran in the Surf City half marathon. I really hated this race, and that’s why this year I hopefully can have revenge come February.

Surf City Half Marathon


Then I ran the Race on the Base 10k, which was a fun smaller race. I actually placed 3rd in my Age Group but didn’t have the best race. That was the race where I really realized I didn’t like 10ks.

Race On The Base 10k


Somehow I got sucked into running a trail run. I liked to think of this trail run as the march of death. It was a 25k (15 miles) and I was DEAD after that for a good week. The hills of Malibu killed me. But, I did complete the Malibu Creek 25k in 3:38:51. Then we had the glorious San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon aka the worst race ever. Ah, what memories. Oddly enough this is also hands down the ugliest medal I have too. Really? A wind-surfer? Yuck. I hate you San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.

San Diego Marathon ( My first Marathon )


I was going to run a half marathon in March, but had a crazy cough so I opted out and ran the 5k instead in the Wine Country 5k in Paso Robles. I was an idiot and lost the key to the car and had to loop back around mid-race to find it. I also wasn’t wearing my garmin, so I am pretty sure I finished around 27:05. It’s a funny story though.

In April I ran the Seal Beach 10k. I also took this race to a weird new level by running 2 miles to the start, running the race and then running the 2 miles back home. I finished with a time of 50:34 for that race.

Then I went up to San Francisco to complete the CA Dreamin’ series, which was the reason I ran my first half marathon back in October of 2008, in Long Beach. I ran Surf City in February, and then completed the series with the San Francisco half in July. It was a blast and really got me back into thinking about running another marathon.

San Francisco Half Marathon


Since I completed the CA Dreamin’ Series I got one of my favorite medals, this BEAST!

Then I ran a 5k at Angel Stadium for fun with a friend. It was really a fun course and I placed first in my age group!

Guy Poncy Memorial 5k


Then, as you all know, I ran the Long Beach Marathon looking for redemption and had the best day of my life. It was everything I’ve ever wanted and I love the medal from that race. It was the star of my small Christmas tree this year.

Long Beach Marathon


Then I ran the Nike Human Race 10k, which was fun and not very competitive, and I really enjoyed the race.

USC Human Race 10k


Then we had the Heroes for Hope 10k, where I also placed first in my age group. I really pushed myself that race and it paid off. I got a new PR!

Heroes for Hope 10k


Shortly after that I ran the Malibu Marathon, in a tutu. It was a fun but tiring race and that is where I started to deteriorate health wise. Too many races! ha ha.

Malibu Marathon


I finished off the year with the California International Marathon in Sacramento which was the demise of me. Seriously. So cold. That is the only way I can describe that race. But I finished, and became a Marathon Maniac!

California International Marathon


Compared to 2008, where I ran ONE half marathon, and ONE 5k, I guess you can say that I went a little race crazy!

I raced two 5ks (3.1 miles), four 10ks (6.2 miles), 3 half marathons (13.1 miles), one 25k (15 miles) and four full marathons (26.2 miles).

So overall, this year has been a great year full of many medals from many different events. I can’t wait to reveal what races I want to run next year!


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  • Reply Heather @runfastermommy

    Great post! Looks like you had a fantastic year! I really want to run Surf City JUST for that medal! They are always so cute!

    Have a happy New Year!!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Morgan

    OOOooooo look at all that Bling!!! I still think you are absolutely insane for those last few races you did but hey now you are a maniac and I PRAY you don’t do that to your body again! :) Cheers to a great year girl!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Magda @MagdaCG

    You had a fantastic running year! CONGRATS on completing your first marathon and then completing 3 more! YOU ROCK!!! Are you a Marathon Maniac yet? I’m #1911! SO.MUCH.FUN!! Wishing you a KICK @SS 2010!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Bella

    Wow, that’s a lot of races for one year. Congrats on the great results!

    December 29, 2009 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Madison

    Wow! Congrats on an amazing year! 4 Marathons?!? You deserve the “maniac” title!

    December 29, 2009 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Joe Run For Dom

    Danica – wow, what a year. Amazing all of the miles you covered, people you met and friends you made – you remain a great source of motivation as I tackle this 2 marathon in 2 weeks battle for my friend this spring.

    Thanks for all you do! Have a wonderful New Year.


    December 29, 2009 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Brown Eyed Girl

    Wow!! What an amazing year of races you had! I would be sooo proud of myself if I were you :) You’re awesome and once again you are super motivating. I can’t wait to hear what next year holds for you! My first half is coming up Jan 17…so close!!

    December 29, 2009 at 8:32 am
  • Reply nicole

    2009 was a great year of races for you D! I’m so proud of you! You kicked butt! :)

    December 29, 2009 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Stuart

    Nice set of bling! Malibu Creek…fun times!

    I like the Guy Pocy medal!

    December 29, 2009 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Maggie @ It Is Everlasting

    What an amazing year of accomplishments! Isn’t it amazing looking at all of that bling lined up together and knowing that YOU did all of it?! You are a maniac!! I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned in 2010!

    December 29, 2009 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Alisa

    This is a great post. I have something similar lined up in my drafts pile.

    You were definitely a maniac this year. I love the “beast” medal, so pretty! Maybe in 2011 I’ll come down for Surf City.

    Can’t wait to hear what your plans are for 2010!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Wow! You were busier than I knew this year! Congrats on a lot of huge successes! :)

    December 29, 2009 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Angielou Harris

    Wow — what a year for you! And it has been such a pleasure following your trials and tribulations on chicrunner! Looking forward to an even more exciting 2010!

    …and that’s an ugly kitesurfer, not an ugly windsurfer ;-)

    December 29, 2009 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Kelly

    So much bling in your life! You had an amazing year I hope you are just as successful next year! Can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for you.

    December 29, 2009 at 11:07 am
  • Reply David

    wow…not that girls can’t run fast, but your times are incredible! definitely something to be proud of! (or is it ‘something of which to be proud’? the tiny hairs on my neck just stood straight up as i subconciously felt my junior high english teacher slapping me on the neck with her ruler for ending a sentence with a preposition.

    but yeah–congrats! what was the temperature for the Sac-run?

    December 29, 2009 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    You did SO many races this year, wow girl! You rock!

    December 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Astro

    Congrats on a great year. Keep healthy so you do not wear out at the end of 2010.

    Fortune telling – I see a Boston qualifying in your future without you actually trying for it.

    December 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Betsy

    10Ks are EVIL!!!!! I’m with you on that one.

    What a year for you though! Well done :)

    December 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    Great post, ChicRunner…and all your medals look so colorful and pretty! I’m so jealous that you can get such nice bling for 10ks and half marathons! Here in NY, we get a banana and a bagel if we’re lucky…Haha! Great job on running so well this year! I know there’ll be more awesomeness to come next year! Can’t wait!

    December 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply x-country2

    It wasn’t necessarily a “race”, but your walk for breast cancer is one of your greatest 2009 accomplishments, in my opinion. :o)

    December 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Sydney Hunter

    Cool post! It is funny how we carry such bad memories with us about particular races. I feel the same way about the OC Marathon as the way you do about the SD Rock and Roll. At least we have some good ones to make up for it!

    December 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    Love it! I might have to “borrow” your idea for a post!

    December 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    That is some serious bling! What a year!

    December 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Felice

    Great job in 2009! Love all the medals pics.

    December 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Loved seeing all your medals! That is a hUge accomplishment!!! sorta funny.. I did a 1/2 marathon and a 5k in 2009, same amount as your 2008, however, I know my 2010 will not reflect your 2009! :) That is AMAZING!

    December 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply liane

    Wow, that is a serious amount of races you completed this year! Congrats! :)

    December 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply carpeviam

    Love this post! So fun to see your accomplishments!

    December 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm
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    December 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Rinus

    WOW, you run a lot of marathons this year, goodjob marathoner!.
    you wil run more marathons in 2010 and maiby a ultra trail run ;-).
    Run whit fun and have a good run year 2010.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:38 am
  • Reply alex @happygolucky

    loved this post- I’ve never even met you, but I was so proud just reading your year in review. You are unreal woman. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:37 am
  • Reply KatieA.

    I can totally relate: 2009 was the year of the races for me! I too, got burnt out. You did awesome this year: keep this post handy so that you can pull it out when your having motivation trouble! :)

    December 30, 2009 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Elle

    Wow! What a busy year you’ve had… encourages me to finally one that marathon myself!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Kirby @ Good Gals Inc

    I love all your medals!! You have such a drive that inspires me to get back into Marathons! Happy New Year!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Sasha

    Congrats on all your accomplishments this year! So fun to see it all it one post. Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2010 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Lisa

    That’s a LOT of medals for one year! I want that California Dreamin’ medal! :-)

    January 5, 2010 at 8:32 am
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