|MMT aid station|
Running the Massanutten 100 well was my number one focus for the year. After tune-up races at the Frozen Sasquatch 50K, Thomas Jefferson 100K, and Promise Land 50K I was poised and primed for a good race. Luckily, the plan worked and I had a very good run -- good enough for 4th place in 22:57. This was my third MMT finish (21:37 '08, 22:39 '09) and I am proud to keep the sub-24 streak alive.
After MMT and the necessary rest and recovery, I set my sights on adding more speed training and quality workouts into my training. My focus in training was the goal of running sub-7:30 at Mountain Masochist (which would take some serious training considering that my PR there is 7:53). Unfortunately I ended up getting injured. First a nasty pulled hamstring, then a terrible case of plantar fasciitis -- which I am still nursing to a small degree. Too much speed too quickly is a rookie mistake, but I certainly fell prey. Regardless, in spite of many missed days of training, I still enjoyed some great running in the fall and even managed to race/run two sub-ultra distances for a change, the Iron Mountain 16-Miles and the Canary in the Cave 25K++.
|with Dan at the Promise Land start|
Mileage wise, 2015 was one of my lower years; 2,205. Even when I am healthy and training well, I simply struggle to find the time to train at the level I once did. Once again, the balance between life and running is hard to maintain; it seems to get only more difficult with the inevitable increase of responsibilities. I started keeping a running log in 2002 and I decided to add them up today. It's pretty neat to see that I have run over 37K miles in my lifetime. I am glad that I have taken the time to document all my training over the years. I know that I won't be able to do this forever, but someday I will derive great enjoyment from reading these log books -- actually, I already have.
Total: 37,142 Miles
|MMT finish with Clay|
Racing Plans for 2016: (Very tentative.) The only definite is that I want to focus on the Vermont 100 in July. After getting denied by the Western States lottery now four years in a row (and two other times prior to 2011), I have two choices: 1) give up on the race 2) keep trying. Might as well keep trying; eventually my name will get pulled . . .
I will likely run a few 50K's this spring in my build-up to VT, but I don't really have any plans for the fall. ?? Sometimes simply running as much as possible is enough of a plan for me. The simple joy of the daily run is my favorite aspect of running/training and I hope I have many in 2016.
No matter what the new year has in store, I am thankful for my health, family, friends, and God's mercy and grace in my life. Here's to a Happy New Year -- bring on 2016!