I don't know how it happened, but I haven't written anything here since finishing my first 100 miler, the Vermont 100 in July of 2015.
So what have I been up to since then, I took a month off to rest and recover after Vermont, a whole month of no running of any kind! It was actually tough because I love running, but I think it was just what my body needed. I also used that time and energy to get a bunch of artwork done and reconnect with my family, two things that had suffered a little neglect as my training miles went higher and higher into the stratosphere training for my first hundred miler.
So after resting for a month I took the fall easy, only training for the NYC marathon, no more ultras for 2015 just to be safe and also as mentioned before to reinvest my energy in my family and my art practice.
Shout out to the Brooklyn Trail Runners who were there en masse holding it down for the 5 boroughs.
|All smiles coming across the line|
|Me and Rhys at Harriman State Park|
|Waiting to board the Staten Island Ferry|
The result was something short of a PR, but a ton of fun.
So, it's 2016 now and my dance card is filling up fast. So far I have registered for the North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain on April 30, the Brooklyn Half, May 21st and the main event of my year the Vermont 100 on July 16-17. I am also considering the Cayuga Trail 50 miler in Ithaca, NY. It looks like a beautiful/tough race and fits well into the run up for Vermont. I am sure I will run something like a 50K or 40 miler in March or early April and either Cayuga or something else in June.
In the meantime I am running trails and doing strength training in the gym, slowing building up my mileage and core strength so I can be ready for my races and stay injury free in 2016.
|Look who I ran into on the Long Path|