2013: My Year of Running
Total Distance: 1,273
# of Runs: 195
Distance Raced: 173
# of Races: 10
Nine states, one 50K, two marathons, one 30K, 5 half marathons, and a few PR’s.
My first ultramarathon, first trail race, first back-to-back weekends of racing, my longest running streak, and many new places.
Favorite race: Sweetwater H2O 50K
Favorite city I traveled to for a race: Little Rock, AR
I have a feeling that, when I look back in 20 years, this will be the wildest year of running I had. Living in 2 different regions of the US provided me with the opportunity to travel to a number of places to run. Being away from friends and family, we didn’t have many weekend commitments. This made the decision on whether or not to travel for races easy almost every time. We were able to travel all over the place just for a night or two (and sometimes, just for the day). I was able to knock off nine states on my 50-state challenge.
Along with my sister and and brother, who live in different parts of the country and world, I completed a 35-day run streak. Now, it’s break time. Terese and I recently welcomed our daughter Norah into the world and running is taking a back seat for now. I’ll be back at it soon, but for now I’m enjoying to more important things in life and thanking God for blessing me with a beautiful daughter and a beautiful, adventurous, and supportive wife who goes along with all this craziness.
Well, the half marathon streak ended after 2 days. Definitely not what I was aiming for, but it was fun while it lasted. My legs actually felt pretty good. It was more of a time issue. A 6:30 AM start to a long day of travel and a Christmas party left little time. I did a 1-miler at 10:30 PM, after the Christmas party, to keep my run streak going. Maybe down the road, I’ll try it again.
I received a text from my sister the other day saying she was doing a run streak from Thanksgiving to New Years and asked if I wanted in. Heck yeah! My sister, brother, and I, spread across 3 time zones and 2 different countries, have managed to make it a competition of course. Loser cooks a 3-course meal next time we’re all together.
For me, the timing couldn’t be better. Since starting a new job, I’ve struggled to fit running in regularly. I’ve also have no races on the calendar, which hasn’t been the case for a while so I’m a bit lost. With a baby due in January, I’ll be taking some time off from running. This I exactly the kick in the butt I need to have a good month+ of running. I might try to throw in a streak within a streak, but it’s fairy ambitious idea so we’ll see.
4 days in. 10 miles down. 1 fall on the ice.
I’ve heard and read about this saying/truth/myth/mantra that ultra runners say many times. While it basically means that, after so many miles and hours of running (typically many more than I ran last night), the increasing “bad” plateaus and even gets better. Last night, I think I actually felt it.
2 or 3 miles into this run, my legs hurt. It’s not too odd to feel some pain at this point, but this was worse. As the next couple hours passed, the pain became progressively worse. It felt like a challenge to keep miles under 9 minutes. Until around mile 17, that is. Things got easier. I was still in pain, but it definitely became easier to keep a good pace. I even briefly considered running farther. I rode this 2nd wind (or whatever you want to call it) all the way to 19.7 miles, when I took a spill in the middle of an empty road!
I’m hoping to see this mantra materialize during a race for me one day. Even during a training run though, it was fun to experience.