Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Looking back

Boy, blogging is not easy if the idea is to do it consistently.  While I keep a daily log book with mountains of detailed data, doing it by a blog is harder for me.

So, as a new year begins I thought I'd do a catch up post for 2013.  In a later post, I'll post a few thoughts of 2014.

April - I still was not recovered from the LBL marathon in March and with my daughters wedding, April took on a different priority.  Just regular running for 179 miles.

May - started the month w/ a hiking trip to the Smoky Mts with Tom R and Tom R.  Hiked to Rocky top in nice sunshine, then alum cave to mt. leconte in high winds/fog/cold, then gregory bald in winds/rain/fog. Interesting but fun.  Passed 90,000 life time miles during the trip.
After/during the trip I got a case of plantar fascitis which took a month to recover enough to run.  Only 105 miles for may.

June - in early June went w/ gregg to calif. to run shadow of the giants 50K.  I had not run in a month but had already paid for everything and it was a fun trip seeing the tall big trees and Yosemite.  boy it was hot.  the 50K was fun, I hiked 98% of the time and the PF pain never got worst.  finished in 9h 8 mins for close to last place.  2 days later we hiked 12.8 miles up/dn Mt. Baldy in 3h56m up/down in 3h40m w/ 6000' accent...very tough and very fun...great views!!  Nice trip thanks to gregg and his family in calif.
After this trip I started back running and have continued to run since w/ only minor PF pain.  A night splint helped greatly.  For June 155.5 miles.

July - started more serious training for the 8 hr howl at the moon in August.  240 miles total

August - 33.5 miles at howl.  I guess okay but was shooting for 36+.  It was hot/dew pt 70 and I gave in to lots of walking late.  I had not done howl for 7 years so it was fun seeing past runners.  I plan to come back next year.  Total for month was 227 miles.

Sept - 276 miles.  This included our annual 2 week vacation hiking in the Smoky Mts. with Debbie.  lots of fun as usual.  Covered 153 miles in the 2 weeks.  Debbie hiked 80 miles.

Oct - 242 miles. started adding a few workouts into the running like 2 x 2M tempo runs, fartlek of 10 x 1min fast, 4 x 1/2 miles at 5K pace.  At end of month I race Allerton 5.75 mile trail race at 9.50 in 56:33 (161hr/177max) about 2+ mins faster than last year.  I was pleased.

Nov - 164 miles. Ran 30mile(50K?) McNotAgain ultra in Pekin.  I forgot how tough the 10 mile loop is.  very pretty sunny day.  ran/walked 7h 31m, about what I thought.....was not last, many people DNF'd.  Started 100 day winter running streak on Thanksgiving day as challenge by fellow runner/ long distance hiker Matt H.  This goes to March 8, 2014

Dec - 206 miles.  A little more planning into my schedule with hard workouts every 3-4 days, trying to read/learn more about R.Canova training ideas of elite runners.  Ended the month still streaking.

Total miles for 2013 = 2450
Lifetime miles = 91, 608

Overall a good year.  My left ankle/insertional achilles injury stayed away as I got regular deep muscle massages which is keeping my calf/foot muscles.  I am forever grateful to Mettler Center for getting my left foot back to where running is not painful.


  1. Howl again in 2014? Nice!!! We'll both set PRs.

  2. Good to have you back. See you at the Riddlish Run.