Winding down 2013, it's going out well. Over the past week, I've passed up 2000 miles and 200 miles for the month and still going. As it stands today, 2013 will be a banner year...not for race accomplishments, per se, but from the vantage point of miles covered, being injury free, and running purely for the joy of running. I'm quite happy with that. It's such a backwards way of the mainstream running world, in my opinion. So many people are wrapped up in training schedules, pace of their runs, how well they place, etc. I'm NOT saying those are necessarily bad things at all...that was me for YEARS. But for me personally, it's just not that important to me anymore. I do love races, I do love competition, and I have a pretty well padded 2014 schedule, but it doesn't rule me. Make sense? Anyway, I posted on Facebook last night about this topic and a good friend and fellow Navy lieutenant posed the question: "How do I stay injury free and log all of the miles?" I actually had a tough time answering that question and scratched my head a bit...perplexed by what the answer really is. Here is my response and maybe it'll help explain where I'm coming from here:
So 2013...about to end quite well and 2014 will start awesome, too, as a 50K is a mere 6 days away, down in the mountains of West Virginia once again. Before that, though, the Highlands Sky 40 Miler registration opens up on January 1st. I'm absolutely returning to that race next year over Father's Day weekend. They just opened the new lodge for my family and after my experience in 2013, another trip is certainly warranted. Details Here.
http://facebook.com/waterfallsrun. Next year's date is set for December 27, 2014!
Have a fantastic last few days of 2013, friends. Whatever you do today, make it count and bless someone around you.