Wow what a ride!
The tangible accomplishments of 2015 are really simple: My first 50k finish. My first 50-mile finish. My first podium finish (at the 50M). My first 100-mile finish.
And that was the goal for 2015 – a 100-mile finish. Throw in a couple marathon finishes, a couple half marathons, several shorter races in the 5k to 7-mile range, and it rounds out one heck of a running year. The B-races went OK. (Sure, the 50k sucked, but the time was still reasonable.) I have a handful of hardware including my first belt buckle and my first trophy. All told, I exceeded my own expectations. Despite what some of you may think, I’m still just an ordinary guy. If I can take on a goal like this and find success, what can you do?
The intangibles for 2015 are difficult to describe. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned about myself. I’ve learned about relationships. I’ve found new friends. I’ve likely lost a few friends. I’ve had a few eye opening moments. I’ve been trying for months, but I’m having a hard time putting it all in words. Perhaps the best way to put it is I am not the same person I was 12 months ago. As confusing as life can be, I have tasted clarity. I’ve pushed my limits only to find they weren’t there.
I don’t know what 2016 will bring me yet. I do know that 2016 is an off year for me. As the snow melts my wife will start ramping up her cycling miles, and I’ll be spending most of my weekends playing with the kids and doing homework with them instead of running through the hills. I’ll still run. I haven’t outrun my enjoyment of that simple act. Who knows, I may even be able to sneak in a few long runs at night while the world sleeps. (Ultra running has really opened a few training opportunities for me.) I’ll get a sitter for the kids and do a few local club races. I’m still hoping to run Bolder Boulder with my local RunJunkEe friends. But for the time being, I have no time or distance goals in mind. I did join a gym. I’ll put some time in there. I may even formalize a routine and put in some gym goals. But I’m looking at it as a year of recovery. 2015 was enlightening for both the body and the mind, but they both need some time. My body still isn’t quite where it should be. My mind is still a bit clouded. I plan to enjoy ski season. All of it. I plan to volunteer for some races. I may be crewing and pacing for a few people pushing their own limits and finding their own awesome.
And I look forward to helping rally the RunJunkEe nation to help support Adam Kimble and his record breaking attempt across the US.
That’s pretty much it. 2015 was amazing, and a bit terrible all at the same time. The support and encouragement of my fellow RunJunkEes helped make that happen. 2016 is a giant question mark. I’m sure I’ll find something fun. And I’ll be sure to share it with you all.
In the mean time, I look forward to seeing what you all attempt this year. I look forward to helping you all out, and returining the support and encouragement you offered me.
Happy New Year RunJunkEes!
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