It’s been about four months since I posted here – oops! We are almost a month into 2018, and I haven’t quite closed the door on 2017 – oops again!
To be honest, it wasn’t a great year with regard to running. Let me take you through some of it.
My first race of the year was the Syracuse Half Marathon. That actually went pretty well. I ran right around 1:17, and that included a pee break lol. Not too bad!
My next race is where things went south. At the Traprock 50k, I took a hard fall (see above), and I did a number on my ribs. Ouch. If you’ve ever injured your ribs, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, don’t!
Despite being banged up and undertrained, I gave it my best shot at Rock the Ridge 50-Miler. However, it was not to be. I dropped out about half way through.
My year was starting to go to shit, but by May, I was finally running again. In June, I had a good run at the Cayuga Marathon. After leading for 26 miles or so, I got passed with about .2 to go. It happens. Overall, it was still a solid effort.
At Western States 100, it was the year of ice and fire. Snow, ice dams and freezing cold streams gradually turned into 100-degree canyons and the warmest night ever for the race (the low temp was the highest ever).
I ran well for 70 miles… and okay for another 10 miles… and then the wheels came off the bus. The last 20 miles were not pretty. I was undertrained, overheated and somewhat inexperienced. However, my friend Laura helped get me to the finish line.
I didn’t do much for the next month.
In August, I came out of retirement and dropped a 3:42 at the Green Lakes 50k. That was good enough for second place. This was one of my best runs of the year.
The following month, I participated in the Free to Run 50-Miler. After batting with my friend John for 45 miles or so, I finally shook him. I went on to take the win (falling just short of the course record). This was probably my best run of the year on some of my favorite trails with some of my favorite people!
Two weeks later, I threw down a 17:16 5k. Not my best race of the year, but not my worst.
For a variety of reasons, I did not complete any other races in 2017. It wasn’t a great year. The injury in April really threw everything off a bit. With that being said, I ran a couple of decent road races, as well as a good 50k and 50-miler. I’m going to do my best to stay healthy in 2018, and I think I will have some good results. Check back soon to find out what I have planned!
****** It has been brought to my attention that I forgot one of central New York’s premier events. In July, I participated in the 0SPF Half Marathon (trail) in the Rochester area. I was hoping for a podium spot, but a late surge by elite trail runner Mike Welden (258) was too much for me to handle. I settled for 4th overall in a highly competitive field.