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2013 Year in Review

Aw, shucks! Had to write the yearbook post. It's been a fantastic year. I laughed a little, cried a little, and barfed a little (actually... a lot). I also had my first hallucination, my first lost toenail, and my first DNF. It's like I'm a real runner now. Here are some (almost chronological) running highlights:

Pacing Buffalo 100: I paced Craig at the Buffalo 100. His report is here. My report is here. I had hoped to pace the entire last 50 miles, but I had a lingering knee injury and left him with 12 miles to go. It was peaceful on that island, and I hate to admit that while it was cold and miserable... looking at the city lights and stars reflected on the water at 3am with nothing but silence and darkness around has become one of my "peaceful places" that I return to mentally.

Zion's Traverse fun run: I went with my OG's (original gangsters) for what was simply the funnest run of the year. We went slow, shared a lot of laughs, and took a lot of pictures…

2013 Year in Review

Aw, shucks! Had to write the yearbook post. It's been a fantastic year. I laughed a little, cried a little, and barfed a little (actually... a lot). I also had my first hallucination, my first lost toenail, and my first DNF. It's like I'm a real runner now. Here are some (almost chronological) running highlights:

Pacing Buffalo 100: I paced Craig at the Buffalo 100. His report is here. My report is here. I had hoped to pace the entire last 50 miles, but I had a lingering knee injury and left him with 12 miles to go. It was peaceful on that island, and I hate to admit that while it was cold and miserable... looking at the city lights and stars reflected on the water at 3am with nothing but silence and darkness around has become one of my "peaceful places" that I return to mentally.

Zion's Traverse fun run: I went with my OG's (original gangsters) for what was simply the funnest run of the year. We went slow, shared a lot of laughs, and took a lot of pictures…

Why?!

In a conversation with friends, I mentioned an upcoming long run I had planned (5 winter-runnable peaks in the Wasatch.) "Why?" was immediately asked. Hmmmm. It made me think. There was simultaneously no answer and too many answers.
For starters, I get bored easily. It's winter, I don't ski.
Below the summit of Mt OlympusIt was my last open window for the next month or two. Oly sunriseBecause, I wanted to. Grandeur, summit 2
Isn't it more fun than speedwork? view from Mt Wire
To get stronger, fitter, faster. On Mt Wire, summit 3
It sounded fun. aid station car
Because I want to remember what it is I love. After a couple races, I wanted a physical reminder, that familiar mountain-specific soreness and pain, to show that I could run mountains.

I love running mountains in ultra-length distance more than any other type of running. Summit of Twin Aves (#4) with JenWhy not?
Finished! Happy, off to pick up my kids! :)Whether or not I can formulate the "right" answer, it doe…

Why?!

In a conversation with friends, I mentioned an upcoming long run I had planned (5 winter-runnable peaks in the Wasatch.) "Why?" was immediately asked. Hmmmm. It made me think. There was simultaneously no answer and too many answers.
For starters, I get bored easily. It's winter, I don't ski.
It was my last open window for the next month or two. Because, I wanted to.
Isn't it more fun than speedwork?
To get stronger, fitter, faster.
It sounded fun.
Because I want to remember what it is I love. After a couple races, I wanted a physical reminder, that familiar mountain-specific soreness and pain, to show that I could run mountains.

I love running mountains in ultra-length distance more than any other type of running. Why not?
Whether or not I can formulate the "right" answer, it doesn't matter. I don't want to run like this; I have to. It's a part of me. Staring at these Wasatch peaks from my windows, on my training runs, during my daily commu…