2013 was a big year for me. Not for running but in life. my fiancée and I bought a house, I got engaged, and I moved for the first time ever. Our house needed a ton of remodeling so it was a busy year. I did 5 races instead of my 13 in 2012. I trained but just enough to get by so I didn't really nail anything like I did in the previous years.
2013 in review:
January - HURT 100 while I did quite a bit better then 2012, I don't feel like I nailed it like I can. I ran a 26:47, but I feel like closer to 24 is my true potential.
February - Cowtown 50k - I did this race spur of the moment so what can I expect? I had hopes of 3:45ish but came in around 3:58 with a poor finish. I injured the IT band over my left hip which put me out for 3 months.
July - My hip healed just in time to get in training for Tahoe Rim Trail 100 July 20th. I've wanted to go to Tahoe my whole life so it was a great experience. I fell apart the last 20 more then I ever have in a race. My 22-23 hour finish quickly turned into wanting to quit and a 26 hour finish.
September - Rough Creek 40. I half way trained and knew my endurance wouldn't last 40 miles so I did ok the first 20 then suffered the last 20. I still managed to win but ran it over an hour slower then 2012.
October - Cactus Rose 100. I got in better shape but still not ideal. I ran a 20:38 which was about 1 1/2 hours slower then I wanted but nutrition had a lot to do with it. One day I will actually nail this race.
2014 looking ahead:
over the winter I lacked motivation to get out and train when it was cold. I got in miles here and there but never trained enough to make it to my planned races (bandera 100k and rocky raccoon 100m). here's a breakdown of my goals for the upcoming year.
Feb - I'm focused now and I would like Feb to keep going good and hit at least 300 miles.
March - High milage month with some speed training. Im planning on possum kingdom april 12th and I want to nail it so march will be an important month. I haven't done speed training in years but I know the importance so twice a week I will substitute my regular run for some sort of interval or tempo run. I would like to average around 80 per week.
April - Nail possum kingdom 52 miler in around 7:30. I will need to be lean and top of my game but I need a goal that will force me to stay focused.
May - stay in shape and stay lean. May 10th the dallas to fort worth run will be fun and then 2 weeks later I plan on going to new mexico for some good mountains.
June - stay focused despite my bachelor party in new Orleans. possibly captn karls at the end of the month? might be good motivation to stay focused.
July - getting married july 12th. our honeymoon will be in seattle area and Canada with plenty of mountains to go hiking / running on so hopefully it will be easy to stay in shape during that period.
August - major focus month. high milage, intense training. no races planned.
September - most important month of the year (running wise). September 6th captn karls finale at reveille ranch. I would like to better my time of 5:45 and possible go under 5:38??? then recover good and stay very focused for Mogollon Monster 100 in Arizona September 27th. That's my main race this year. Its my kind of course and I want to nail it.
October - recover from MM106 and play cactus rose by ear.
November / December - stay lean and who knows??? probably train for bandera 100k.
my main goal for 2014 is to stay motivated and not have any blow off months. I want to nail every race I enter (or at least properly train). I enjoy the training and trail running scene so I would like to get back into it.