I have spent the majority of January thinking, anticipating, dreaming about running 100 miles in 2016. I have also spent most of January resting my body from my race in December. I’ve been running less and biking more, watch–less and watching more. I’m not lacking motivation. I’m not lacking heart. I’m finding joy in the rest and excitement as I look forward to training. I am looking forward to the journey to 100 miles.
To tell you the truth I’m longing. . .
longing for the darkness
longing for the elevation
longing for the wilderness
longing for the cold
longing for the heat
longing for the sunset
longing for the sunrise
longing for the feeling of exhaustion
longing for the feeling of elation
. . . for my heart to beat because of fear, for my heart to beat because I’m utterly tired, for my heart to beat because I AM A L I V E! I’m anticipating that running 100 miles will bring all these longings and more. It will not be easy. I may want to quit. BUT ‘easy’ and ‘quitting’ do not change the longing.
It was when I was happiest that I longed most. . . The sweetest think in all my life has been the longing. . . to find the place where all the beauty came from.
C. S. Lewis
2015 has been one of my favorite running years to date. I ran 5 official races this year, in this order, Dry Creek Marathon (February), Zion 100K (April), San Diego Marathon (June), Cumberland Plateau Stage Race (August) and Lookout Mountain 50 (December). The best part was that I spent countless hours putting in the work. It was all pure F-U-N. Here are some stats, highlights and books I read from 2015.
- I ran a total of 2318 miles in 11 months (mid April to mid May was my down time. I rode the bike to recover after the 100K, when I did run, I did not wear a watch)
- I ran an average of 48 miles a week.
- I ran approximately 6.8 miles a day.
- I ran 30 Half Marathons
- I ran 10 Marathons
- I ran a 100K
- I ran a 50 mile race.
- Right calf pull
- left calf pull
- Def my 100K in Zion, Utah. It was more than the distance. It was the friends who came to pace and crew. It really was a glimpse of heaven. . . laughter, fun, running, friends, food, just some of the best togetherness.
- Running excursions to Frozen Head, Fiery Gizzard, Lookout Mountain x 3, Raccoon Mountain and Garrison Creek. Again, some of the BEST togetherness.
- 1st place in my age group at Lookout Mountain, also a 50-mile PR by 1 hour and 20 minutes!
- My track group. This is an awesome combo of road runners and trail runners. It is the best spent hour on Tuesday morning.
Books I read:
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- Fearless by Max Lucado
- Flow in Sports by Jackson and Csikszentmihalyi
- Unbreakable Runner by Murphy & MacKenzie
- Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? by Alex Hutchinson, Ph. D.
- Running For Women by Dr. Jason Karp Ph. D. and Carolyn S. Smith MD
- Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud
- The Champion’s Mind by Jim Afremow, Ph. D.
- How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald
- Glory Days by Max Lucado
- Running Past Midnight by Molly Sheridan with Al Marquis
**My 3 favs: Flow in Sports & The Champion’s Mind & Glory Days
Books I look forward to reading in 2016:
- Training Essentials For Ultra Running by Jason Koop with Jim Rutberg
- Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill
- Running Your First Ultra by Krissy Moehl
- Work in Progress: An Unfinished Woman’s Guide To Grace by Kristin Armstrong
Good bye to you. . . 2015! I’m ending with my fav quote of the year.
Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are. -Kristin Armstrong