As I look back over 2013, I realize I started the year without any real goals. I think I had a goal to break 1:35 minutes at the half marathon and to run a marathon as my longest distance race ever. Somewhere along the way I got talked into Bethel Hills Moonlight Boogie 50 Miler and Hinson Lake 24 hour Ultra. I started the year unsure of what I wanted out of running and ended the year knowing where I am heading, I think.
Running the 50 miler changed how I thought of myself as a runner. I no longer felt like that kinda chubby mid packer, even though at that race I was pretty much dead in the middle. 39th out of 80 starters, but more importantly 39th out of 57 finishers. 11:41:54, and much of the last few hours of that race were disturbingly painful and I wanted to quit. I had great crew that came to help other friends at the race, but I hadn’t really thought myself worthy of asking someone else for help. Very thankful that Kate, Allison and later Brandon kept kicking me in the ass to keep me going.
Hinson was another amazing experience. 77.08 miles of fun. Only hit a couple of low spots but tried to keep things toned down since my family came along to help out. Saw lots of great runners out there that I hadn’t seen in a long time. A very encouraging environment. Also the first time I have been served pizza during a race (honestly, it was a food buffet at the aid station.) I made it further than I thought I would and figured out all it takes is any forward progress. Definitely signing up for this race again.
Also this year I ran my first Marathon. Hard headedly, I ran it injured and only made the injury worse. Not the worst experience ever and my time was around 4:26 minutes I think. Pretty much set myself up for another PR if I go out for another marathon this year.
Other than that, I ran two 50 k’s, seven half marathons, two 10 milers, and far too many 5k’s to remember.
Mileage logged in 2013:
Running: 1804.2 of my goal of 2400
Running and walking: 2500+ (don’t always track with GPS)
2014 running only goal is 2500 miles.
Race wise, I want to get 4 50 milers with the ultimate goal of backing into a time in the 9 hour range. I am going back to Hinson (if I can get the registration in before it closes) and am going to work on getting closer to 100 miles in 24 hours. Probably run a few smaller races but much less than what I raced this year. I have also committed to volunteering for the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run so I can watch some friends out there. Who knows I may even pace a few laps.
I should probably write more in this blog too in 2014.
2013 was a good year but I am definitely hoping for a better year in 2014! Have a safe and happy new year!
Remember, run happy, train smart and don’t listen to the voices inside your head that tell you what you can’t do!