|Thanks Greg Sadler!|
Soon I will post my hesitant race schedule for 2012, but first, a look back on 2011.
|Thanks Will Snyder!|
I haven't been running that long. I was NOT a runner in high school, and in college the only running I did was when the keg was almost empty and a line was forming (haha, no really). When tallying up my total mileage for 2011 I found I had run 4,453.5 miles. I am not exactly sure how many days I took off, but I would estimate 35-45 days of rest over the year. Usually 3-5 days a month, although sometimes more, and never less than 3. Last year (2010) I ran 2,592 miles. The year before that (2009) 1,556 miles and in 2008 only 1,499 miles! So I guess I feel like I made huge strides this year. Before 2011, anytime I hit 100 miles in a week - Bam, injured. Through the use of a HR monitor and perhaps just acclimating to higher mileage, this year I became much more comfortable running 100 + miles in a week. This year I ended up with some minor injuries, some bad IT band tightness during the winter, a stress fracture in a metatarsel, and what I think was some tendinitis in my shin. Somehow I ran through all of it, but never pushed too hard, and never raced through an injury.
Also accomplishments I am very happy about: Breaking 8 hours in the 50 mile (Woodstock) and running my first and second 100 mile races. What once seemed an impossible challenge (running 50 miles), now seems like a respectable long race. And Oil Creek still seems like a dream. Did I really feel that good for that long during a 100 mile run? Surreal. Can I ever hope to experience that feeling again or was it a once in a lifetime experience? Only time will tell, but with the discovery of the Potowatomi, Chain of Lakes, and other great trail systems within a 1-2 hour drive, I feel like my training has the potential to reach new heights.
|Trail running weekend campout thing|
Somehow I also got lucky and scored a magazine centerfold and my muddy legs made it onto the cover of ultrarunning magazine - very cool. All that stuff was great, but I think more than ever, I am finding the Ultrarunning community to be a huge source of inspiration. This year I met more new running friends than I have time to run with. The Fort Wayne ultrarunners have been great and accepted me into their lot, having me into their homes, allowing for some fun group runs and a facebook pages full of ultrarunning jibber jabber and chatter. Maybe that is one of the things I love the most about ultrarunning - the people who run do it purely out of enjoyment of the sport, and it makes them great people to hang out with. I know a lot of my running friends accomplished a lot in 2011 as well, and I am very proud of all of them.
|The crew keeps on growing|