Saturday, December 28, 2013

Did I Reach my 2013 Running Goals?

The year is almost over, so it's time to look back and evaluate how things went. Did I meet my running goals for 2013? Those goals were made in a blog post back on January 1, 2013. I've had a pretty horrible track record of meeting my goals. In 2012, I failed every single one. All of them. Yikes. Hope 2013 went better.

I had three goals for 2013...

Did I run 2,013 miles this year?
Nope. Well, at least not yet. I still have three days left to reach this goal. I currently have 1,614 miles...only 399 more to go! Let's call this a no-go. I'm not going to reach 2,013 miles for 2013. That's OK. I'm happy with breaking 1500 miles.

Did I break 24 hours at Umstead 100 Miler?
Yes! I finished the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run in 23 hours and 56 minutes. Sweet! Race report is here: "100 Miles, One Day." For me, this was an amazing achievement. As you get older, you start to lose hope that any running PRs will fall. This one did...and I also set a 50-mile personal record too (at night, in miserably cold weather, in an unsupported trail fat ass race). I dreamed of breaking 24 hours at a 100 mile trail race for along time. It happened this year.

Did I complete 6 ultra marathons in 2013?
Yes! I completed 6 ultras, and one marathon, in 2013. All on trails. A solid year. I also bagged two ultra PRs (100 mile and 50 mile). I ended the year with 89 ultra/marathons. Wonder if #100 will come next year? Hey, is that a goal for next year?

I achieved 2 of my 3 goals for 2013. Not bad. I feel this was a really good year. I set two personal records, finally broke that sub-24 100-mile goal, and am ending the year feeling strong and ready to slap 2014 silly. Those 2014 goals will be unveiled on January 1. Stay tuned.

Hope your running goals for 2013 were achieved. If not, there is always 2014.

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