Embrace the New
2013 was decent and quite fulfilling. A few bumps in the road to keep me humble. I completed 2 of 3 ultra events, paced a friend at the Wasatch 100 and got out for some great adventure runs. I'm not sure what my mileage or time totals were, but my vertical gain was 684,550' - pretty decent.
Heading into 2014 things are a little shaky but I'm staying positive. A lasting hamstring issue has been a nuisance since before Antelope Island 100k and I just can't seem to kick it. I took 3 full weeks off in November and took another 2 weeks off around Christmas. Only recently have I learned more about the issue - High Hamstring Tendonitis. It's starting to get better. I've been engaging in exercises religiously to help strengthen the areas. Focusing on core, glute's and hip flexors to build some resiliency and strength as I have neglected to do so since Speedgoat 50k. Hence, the injury. I get too lazy with extra circular activities outside of what I'm excited about doing.
I haven't signed up for any races just yet. Still feeling that out. Not making races a priority. Albeit, I do like the high energy of a race atmosphere, but I also have a really difficult time with the down time before and after a race. I would like to better my times at the events I entered last year, but I like the thought of running a new course in a different locale, or even putting my efforts towards a few solid adventure runs. I would also like to attend some races as a photographer.
Some loose goals for 2014 are:
1. Health - Eating better and not over-eating. I like food, and I like to eat a lot of it, often. I need to eat regular serving sizes and not American serving sizes.
2. Less iPhone - Seriously, I gotta spend less time on my phone. I should be doing something more productive, like drawing or reading, rather than looking at social outlets.
3. Fitness - Doing more than just running. Core, shoulders, arms and legs.
4. Ride bikes - Planning to purchase a basic 10-speed and ride it to the trailheads as opposed to driving. Our air is bad enough in SLC valley and my '99 Volvo probably doesn't emit the best emissions out there. A lot of our trails start within 3-5 miles of home (all uphill), which wouldn't be too bad. Also, I need to get cranks put back on my 20" and get back to some fun riding.
5. More alpine starts (early morning runs) - I need to wake up and just get after it. I spend too much time lollie-gaging around in the AM.
Below are some of my favorite images from outings in 2013.
Wishing you all the best in 2014.