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.