Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Running Season

In life at times we often remember our failures more and tend to forget our successes.  I ended last season nursing an injury and was worried about ever being able to get back to a competitive level.  I had clearly lost a step and it was going to take a lot of hard work to return, but I was up to the challenge.

2013 turned out to be one of my best years, as I was able to hit many of the early season goals that I had set for myself.  Some things that I thought were never going to happen again (sub 5 in the mile, sub 17 in the 5km and sub 2:50 marathon) all came to fruition at the culmination of a long season of sticking to a strict training schedule.

I still haven't determined what I will attempt in 2014, but looking back at this year I am very happy.  I owe much to Rachel who put up with me during the long hours and the constant fatigue of training.  She never wavered once in her support for me.  I feel very blessed to have her in my life.

2013 Season Highlights
  • 2013 Huntsville Track Club Open Male Gran Prix Series Winner
  • Broke 2:50 at Chicago Marathon (2:49:12) and now have run under 3 hours at all 3 US Marathon Majors (2009 2:56:17 at Boston and 2011 2:54:44 at New York).  Was also my 3rd fastest marathon ever and 3rd time under 2:50
  • Broke 5 minutes in the mile (4:57.61) for the first time at the HTC Track Meet
  • Won McKay Hollow Madness 25km by over 7 minutes
  • Broke 17 in the 5k for the first time in two years - 16:57 at Spooktacular
  • Ran under 6 minute pace for a half marathon - 1:17:48
  • Two-time Krispy Kreme Challenge winner, 29:55 in 2013 and 28:53 (course record) in 2011
  • Ran 3,600 miles in 2013* (300 per month) - (projected)
  • Three-peat overall winner at Care Center 5km
  • Summit of Mount Whitney (tallest peak in contiguous United States at 14,497')
  • 13 overall wins, 23 total top 3 finishes and only 3 times finished lower than 8th overall
  • 39 races (average finish in top 1%)
  • 28 times 1st overall in age group M35-39
  • Won two HTC races (McKay Hollow Madness 25km, Fund Run 8km)
  • Logged over a hundred hours of volunteer time for local area races, the Huntsville Track Club or for Fleet Feet events