Somehow, without really meaning to, I’ve thrown down a pretty big year. In the middle of December I logged my thousandth mile for only the second time ever. Heck, in the middle of November, I logged my 900th mile for only the second time ever! The first time this happened (2008) was after a huge year with two ultras and the major training load that went into them. This year… I’ve had some fun in the mountains, but haven’t had any concrete goals. Yet here I am with my biggest-mileage year ever.
Looking back, I see that it’s been a year of pretty consistent, modest mileage all year long. Registering for my first 100-mile ultra (next June!) in October kept the motivation level high for sure, but running has become more of a lifestyle for me than it has in years past. Certainly I’ve been extremely busy all year with teaching, family, and everything else. Running has become my social life, my therapy, and my personal time. That’s not so bad as lifestyle choices go.
Looking back on the year, here are some highlights.
Many thanks to the myriad of people I’ve shared the trails with this year! To name but a few, my regular compadres Jason, Eric, and Kate from the weekly Night Run, but also Brian, Brian, Dave, Dave, Dave, Yasuyo, Kunlong, Stephan, Britton, Devin, Hallman, Kyle, Mark, Chris, Kari, Jose, Andras, Rhiannon, Lieko, Steven, Scott, Nate, Kevin, Shad, Peter, Mike, Chipwich, Jake, Peter, ZenRooster, Brad, Amy, and probably a host of other people I’m forgetting. Of course, the indulgent, wonderful wife and family is the most important training partner of all. Thanks for keeping me honest and keeping it (mostly) fun.
What about next year? Well, the Official Training Schedule starts on January 5th. Hopefully I can increase my mileage smoothly and injury-free and, more importantly, keep the mental interest to keep it fun.
Let’s raise a glass to 2014, to friends, and to adventures. May 2015 be everything you wish it to be and more besides.
Afterword: Thanks for all the messages of support, everyone. Yes, I live in a beautiful place with lots of cool places to run, hike, or just be, and I need to be more mindful of that. It’s easy to get trapped in the “ho hum, Green Mountain again” mindset.
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