|Flagging the course at Loon Mountain this year. l-r, Sam, Paul Kirsch, me, Tim Van Orden|
Tim Mahoney and Bear. Photo by Paul Bazanchuk.
By the way, the sign say "mountain runners - we're not that bright". I beg to differ.
Miles - 1669
Jan. to June 641m
July to Dec. 1028m
Races - 18
Snowshoe - 6
Trail - 3
Mountain - 3
Relay - 3
Road - 3
It was a slow start to the year, but once July hit, i was starting to find a stride. Steady miles and dropping some weight finally got me to where i was enjoying my runs more. Longer runs were getting easier and seeing that most of those were on trails, i was really starting to feel good. I ran Mt Washington in June, totally bombed there. Ran Mt Ascutney a few weeks later and was faster than at half way at the Rockpile. Things were already turning around. I ran sub 6.30 pace for 5k at the infamous Ross Handicap, things were really falling into place. September was a down month, a lot of photography duties got in the way. October brought a big breakthrough at Vulcans Fury in NH, i ran strong for most of the 11+ mile race on tough trails. Check this race out next year if you want a good trail run. I ended the year with the Mill Cities Relay on my birthday, a very good run, 6.39 pace at 8 mile and then i dropped my wristband and backtracked to get it, losing all my momentum. I think the wristband was cursed, as it had dropped off the wrist of our lovely leadoff runner earlier in the day. Ran the Nooseneck 18k the day after Christmas and was strong until the last hill. I think 2012 will be a good one for me!
On to 2012
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Average over 200 miles a month. 2400+ for the year.
Drop weight under 150, that will come with the miles.
Take at least 20 minutes off last years time at Mt Washington. Bad race in 2011, lots of room for improvement.
Break 18 minutes for 5k. Should not be a problem.
Run more trails and avoid the roads as much as possible.
Run an epic trail race somewhere in Canada. Hmmm, where could that be?
Make more homebrew. And share it of course.
Take more photos at races, i ONLY shot about 70 thousand last year.
|Favorite shot of the year? Could be this one.|
Ben Nephew at the Rhode Island 6 Hour Race