Finally I will be lucky enough to get my chance at the race that has been my goal for so long. I've wanted to run it since 2004 when I first watched the movie Running Madness. To say that I am excited would be an understatement.
2018 turned out to be a great year of running. No great performances, but all-in-all a wonderful, joyful year of doing what I love.
I ran the Terrapin 50K in March (training run effort), Miwok 100K in May (as my Western States qualifier and a key race for the spring), Iron Mtn 30-mile in September (training effort), and the JFK 50M in November (key race for fall).
|Photo: Glenn Tachiyama (Miwok finish)|
Miwok was the focal point of the year and while I'm not disappointed in my result -- or the main goal in getting a WS qualifier -- I lacked the desire to dig deep and actually "pour myself out" and race. I had a really good time doing the race and experiencing CA and the Marin Headlands. Maybe it was because I knew I was on vacation? Regardless, Kadra and I had a great time celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary exploring northern California. Great trip and great race!
|Enjoying running with Stacin at Iron Mtn|
The year wrapped-up at a respectable mileage of 2,436. I was consistent with no injuries or significant down-time -- just a few weeks here and there for mild illnesses and recovery/down-time post the two bigger race efforts.
Total: 44,186 Miles
The focal point of 2019 rests squarely on the shoulders of Western States. I'm not thinking of anything else for the next 6+ months. Miles, gain/loss, strength and heat training will some of the key building blocks.
My goals are modest and realistic for the race. Obviously finishing is goal #1, followed finishing sub-24 being goal #2. So far, all seven 100-milers that I've finished are sub-24 and I would like to keep the streak going. I think I am capable of much faster though if everything goes well. I want to take in the entire Western States experience and relish every moment. This is most likely my one shot; I want to make sure that it counts.
Happy New Year!