|cheers to the new year!|
So what exactly happened in 2015?? Like I said, some weird stuff. I'll break it down in a list format.
January--PHUNT 50K-- had the flu for two weeks leading up to it. Totally bonked after about 8-10 miles then it started pouring the second lap which turned the course into a mud pit. It was an awful run for me, definitely worst 50K ever but I love Carl and it was still a fun time.
|Me and my buddy|
|Cindy ran OD 10 miler|
April--Hot Chocolate 15K-- was the week right after OD so just did it as a fun race. Ran a nice progression run and had tons of fun with Emir and the kids.
Double Blue Ridge Marathon--Great race for Emir and I! We had an absolute blast and beat our 2014 double time. AND I met my #brf Angie for the first time in person, yay!
|second marathon of the double blue ridge|
|it was so freakin hot!|
While it's not a huge surgery and I was ok enough to do a shorter (22 mile) distance at Velebit in Croatia about 18 days later, I think it did affect my running more than I thought. I struggled a lot the rest of summer and fall. I know some was just the crazy training and some of the crazy conditions but I do have to wonder if some of it was my body just trying to recover from that trauma.
|Velebit was a super hard ultra|
July--I signed up for a trail marathon in Croatia and never made it there. Long lines at the border then we got lost. It was my first DNS. I felt like someone punched me in the gut, did not like that feeling.
|going crazy in the car trying to make the race|
|At least I helped a lot of people in the Altra tent since running was not so good!|
A couple weeks later I crewed/paced Emir at Eastern States 100. It was his first DNF. He totally rocked it and I just couldn't believe he got cut off. Afterward, I felt like there was no way that would happen at TARC.
|Eastern States 100|
|by far my most treasured finish line photo|
|best time with our Altra family|
November--Philly Marathon--after the october races, I focused on Philly and tried to get my speed back. I was struggling really hard during the workouts so I knew a PR was a long shot but I still had a little hope maybe I would be wrong. The first half I was able to run with the 3:35 group but totally bonked after that. Just didn't have it but I turned my second half into a really fun experience. I didn't want to end 2015 on a bad note.
|story of my life ;-)|
I'm going to keep being coached by Caleb. His guidance has been invaluable to both Emir and I (Emir joined #teamwickedbonkproof in 2015). I know he will help get me to where I want to be in my running life. I've also been invited back to Altra and Zensah as an ambassador to both companies and as a BibravePro. Being a part of all 3 was definitely a major highlight of 2015 so I'm honored and excited to be back.
Lastly, 2015 was another year of just adding to what seems like now to be an endless list of running friends. I've become so much closer to some that I already knew and added a lot of new ones. I can't wait to see which old friends I will see at races in 2016 (I already know one will be #brf Angie at One City Marathon in March!!) as well as who the new friends will be.
I'm looking at 2015 as a solid rebuilding kind of year and looking forward to a solid 2016! :-)
Also how bad could a year be when you have these two in your life <3 <3<3<3