My year started with (3) main goals...
Run my best 50 miler ever at Pineland Farms 50 Miler, finish my first 100 miler...as fast as possible and run an even faster 50 miler at the JFK 50 Miler in November to end the year.
How did this all shake out?
Well, Pineland went great. I ran over a 20 minute PR and was able to kick hard to break 6:30, finishing 6:29:57 and grabbing 2nd place in the process. It was a great feeling to put together a great race in I think my 5th? 50 miler.
Vermont 100 miler. Well....I started the race and had horrible quad pain really early in the race. I was barley moving at 30 miles and finally called it a day at around 58 miles, instead of crawling in the next 40 miles...I went to the Harpoon Brewery for lunch and a refreshment. Maybe I am not cut out for the real long stuff?
|Post BR Trail Race.|
So, I finished the year 1 out of 3 for my bigger goals. But, that doesn't mean other races didn't happen.
Some highlights for me in 2014 were...
|Mike Galoob and I at SS Nationals|
There were some not so great moments as well...mainly losing the Grog & Dog Jog by literally a bite. We were going for our 7th title in a row...it was a hard loss to swallow ;)
On the Race directing side...The RTB Trail Race and the RI 6 Hour had their best turnouts yet and then there was The Quahog Mile "failure" everyone loved it...but it just didn't work out!
|Eating like a Hillbilly at the Grog.|
2015 is an open year for me. I am not sure what I will be aiming for. I did start the new TNT Hard Shell Race Series for Turtles, so I will run at least six of those races. I will remain focused on running the best I can in the trail series...with the longer races coming up, I am a bit more comfortable.
In February, along with my buddy Mark Howard, we will get to run a race that has been on our radar for over three years, the Krispy Kreme Challenge! It should be awesome.
|Beer and coffee with volunteer extraordinaire M. Howard post Quahog Mile|
After May, who knows! There are so many great races and I would love to do them all....