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2013 In Pictures And 2014 Events

My past year racing had its successes and failures, excitements and disappointments. The most notable achievements included winning an ultra for the third consecutive year, placing second at the American River 50 Mile, and setting a marathon PR. Disappointments included an injury and subsequent DNF at the Ice Age 50 Mile and an end of the season plummet that resulted in a DNF at the Bootlegger 50k and a DNS at the JFK 50. As always, much was learned about both racing and training and 2014 should be a year for vast improvement. Many thanks to RaceReady for the support in 2013 and the continued support in 2014! Before looking at my 2014 racing season, here's a review of 2013 in pictures:

After a 2:18 marathon relay, January 
Off to a 2:36 marathon PR, March
Finishing 2nd at American River, April
Post-AR with winner Matt Flaherty 
The first ultra win of the season at Mad City, April 
Watching David Riddle run to a sub-6 hour finish at Ice Age, May 
Hanging with Michael Wardian after finishing five minutes back in 2nd, June
After setting a 5k PR of 16:36, June 
The final stretch and 5k win at Forest Park, June
Running the Grand Canyon with Brian Condon, July 
Having fun with Condon, Cassie Scallon, and Flaherty, August
Part of the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, August
Watching Ian Sharman cruise in Leadville, August 
After a muddy marathon in Michigan, October 
After setting a CR at the Surf the Murph 50k, October 
Post-JFK after crewing Flaherty to a 2nd place finish, November

My racing in 2014 will have a different feel, as I've just moved to Orlando, FL. Conditions are less than optimal for trail running and since I'll be training mostly on roads, I plan to race mostly on roads, focusing on just three ultras races. Here's my 2014 plan*:

January 26, 2014 – Town of Celebration Half Marathon (very tentative)

March 1, 2014 – Woodlands Marathon

March 15, 2014 – Rock N Roll USA Marathon

April 12, 2014 – Mad City 100km

May 17, 2014 – Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim 42 Mile

June 1, 2014 – Rock N Roll San Diego Marathon (very tentative)

July 27, 2014 – San Francisco Marathon

September, 2014 – TNFEC-Georgia 50 Mile

October 26, 2014 – Columbia Gorge Marathon

November 22, 2014 – JFK 50 Mile

*Late addition. For training purposes, I'll be running the Manasot Track Club 50k on February 8.

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