I am grateful to all the loyal readers and followers, and very much appreciate your comments and interest in what I have to say about life as an ultrarunner. As I look back on all the photos and posts between 2007 and now, a few themes have emerged: I love to run in the mountains with my friends, spend time outside with my family, and face new challenges (but not necessarily in that order!). This blog has evolved from a monthly log of training runs and race reports to a personal photo album and journal of moments that define who I am today as a runner, mom, wife, counselor, coach, and friend. I am so glad that I took the time to write as much as I did about my races, training, and various adventures over the years, as these posts continue to provide helpful reminders of what went well and what didn't, and help keep perspective on what I truly value. I very much enjoy sharing my ultrarunning journey with you, and look ahead to a 2013 that I anticipate will bring many new adventures and thrills :-). But first, a few highlights from 2012!
|New Years Day 2012 Resolution Rendezvous with the Harrisonburg Rocktown Ridge Runners|
|The Catawba Run Around with good friends and gorgeous views|
|A third place podium finish at Terrapin Mountain 50K!|
|Hiking with my family in the SNP and then hanging out at Blue Mountain Brewery|
|Sweeping the Promise Land 50K course with Jenny Nichols--and getting caught in the apocalyptic storm on the mountain|
|Introducing the Priest and Three Ridges to Winslow, Beth, Rick, Tracy and Jack|
|Winning the Montalto Challenge---and the Polka Dot Jersey!|
|One of many Runs up Jarmans Gap in the SNP with the CATs|
|Pacing Jenny Nichols to her Grindstone 100 win with the help of fellow pacer and crew Rob Colenso|
|Rusty crewing me at Hellgate and then riding me in the last 6 miles---crucial to my race! With his help, I ran a PR of 14:33 and finished third overall female. A HUGE thrill, and so much fun to be able to share the trail with him at my favorite race!|
|Celebrating my 50th birthday at the Hellgate finish line with Horton, Clark, Nancy Horton, Rusty, Jenny, Keith, and all my VHTRC and IMTR friends---a really special moment.|
|Keith Knipling giving me an incredibly thoughtful and fantastic 50th birthday photo :-)|
As I planned my 2013 race season, I once again stuck to what has worked really well for the past few years---the model of racing ultras between November and March, shorter stuff in late April and May, and easy fun training runs throughout the summer, with mini "off-seasons" at Christmas and early April. This schedule works well given my family and work demands and I find myself fresh and ready to take on my "A" races (typically Masochist and Hellgate). For 2013, I added the Uwharrie 40, which I last ran in 2008, and the Odyssey 40, which I ran in 2007. I am pacing Jenny at Old Dominion 100, and crewing a few friends at a run that I am obsessed with but don't have the guts to enter. Not to mention that I am in a new age group on the roads (50-54) and in ultras (Grandmaster, 50+). Woop!
The first day of 2013 was celebrated with an SNP mountain run with friends from Charlottesville and Harrisonburg---a perfect way to start the year. Here's to good friends, good health, and good fun in the year ahead! Happy New Year, everyone!
|Jones Falls in Shenandoah National Park---a New Year's Day tradition|