2016 Review:Another year has passed. While there were a number of setbacks for me in 2016, there were certainly some bright spots as well. Let's jump into it with a review of goals:
- Distance: Run 2,315 miles. Exceeded! Final tally of 2,340 miles is my highest ever.
- PRs: I set 5 specific distances to PR in. This is my biggest disappointment, as I didn't really even come close to PR'ing in any distance. Sure, I can come up with plenty of excuses, but I have to face reality that this was the first year in my 14 years of running that I have not had a single PR. I still think it's possible to pull another PR, but they're going to be few and far between and likely at the longer distances.
- Return to the Marathon: Run a full marathon in 2016. Did it! It was a tough day at the Sugarloaf Marathon being soaking wet, cold, and shivering, but I still managed to pull out a 2:58:44.
- New trail course planning: Success all around: 1) Added a 5-mile option to the BRR (only to have it last a single year as DEM said no events in the campground during campground season going forward - more on that later), 2) added the Wahaneeta 5K as WTAC's newest race and first in the Fall Trail Race Series, 3) together with a number of WTAC volunteers, planned, cleared, and mapped a new WHS XC course. All of these were a lot of fun and personally rewarding.
- Trail running: Run at least one destination trail race. Success in a major way. During the month of July, ran both the Loon Mountain Race in NH and the Westfjords Vesturgatan 24K Wilderness Race in remote northern Iceland. What a blast!
|(before) Helping to clear a stone-laden section that would become|
the new Westerly HS XC course
(Thanks to my brother Greg and his equipment above)
Miscellaneous 2016 running stats:
- Races run: 29 (2015: 36)
- Race breakdown by type: Road - 14, Trail - 10, Beach - 2, Tri - 3
- Age group wins: 17
- Miles run: 2,340 - highest ever! (2015: 2,315)
- Hours run: 313
- Days run: 290 (2015: 304)
- Lowest mileage week: 12 (slammed by triple-whammy of tickborne diseases)
- Highest mileage week: 68
- Highest mileage day: 26
- Highest mileage run: 26 (Sugarloaf Marathon)
- Longest running streak: 17 days
- Longest non-running streak: 5 days (see above tickborne issue)
- Number of deerflies killed during runs: 50
- Most number of deerflies killed during a single run: 12
- Number of deerflies eaten: 1
- Deerfly kill season: Jun 22 - Aug 13
- Number of horseflies killed during runs: 1 (New Jersey)
- Number of states run in: 10 (including all New England states for the 2nd consecutive year)
- Number of countries run in: 2
- Run furthest from home: Iceland
|Jan: Started off the year with the Resolution 5K. |
2017 may be the first year I miss this event.
|Feb: Feb 7 was one of the few|
snowstorms (7") to get out and run
in the snow in 2016
|Mar: Was having a good run at|
Ocean's Run Half, making it all
the more disappointing to find out
it was a long course. 2017 edition
is supposed to be certified.
|Apr: Cleaning up the team award at RI State Police 5K,|
with WTAC teammates
|May: Running is more than just your own individual|
feats. Running is a community of support. Above, giving
some support to Tommy 5K, who became "Tommy 42K"
for the first time at Providence Cox Marathon.
Look at the smile on that guy!
|Jun: Running what would become the final edition of the Back Road|
Ramble to go through Burlingame Campground, per DEM change in
rules. Working with the YMCA for alternatives for this race in 2017.
|Aug: My favorite triathlon, the Block Island Tri.|
|Sep: My dazed, cadaver like expression|
and sweat-drenched clothes were
just too frequent in super humid and hot
racing this summer. (Surftown Half:
my 6th and perhaps final for a while.)
Brutal summer racing conditions were a
real turnoff for me.
|Oct: Run for the Pumpkins trail race. I've put a lot of effort into this one,|
as have many volunteers, and I'm super thrilled with the way this nascent
trail race has turned out.
|Nov: Rhody, a perennial favorite.|
|Dec: Christmas 10K: A fun team outing, race, and lunch.|
By December, after a long miserably hot and humid summer,
I was finally getting comfortable with road running again.
2016 Runs by Terrain:
- Mileage: 2,400. Time to up it again!
- Marathon: Run a spring marathon. Not signed up for any yet, but Ocean's Run (Westerly) and Newport Rhode Races are both possibilities.
- Run at least one new trail race.
- Run a destination race.
- Run a mountain trail race.
- Run a 50K trail race. Could this be the year?
- Document history of one of my favorite and most frequented running areas: Woody Hill. The WLT has requested that I research and write up the history on Wahaneeta, which I'll do but include adjacent Woody Hill and Sunnyacres Preserve.
Well, running friends, that's a wrap! Happy New Year, and happy running!