2017 running recap.
Well as promised I said I’d sorta recap my year after Hitchcock 100. This was a very interesting year. After what I felt were really good years running ultras in both 15 & 2016, 2017 was a struggle. I went 0 for 2 at finishing the 100 mile distance. I got to Mile 62 once and mile 80 once. Both times ending because of stomach problems. A little background on me is I cannot vomit. I had this surgery when I was a kid that makes it impossible for me to, so during these things this year my body tries and tries to vomit but it can’t. I’ve tried every different diet/nutrition approach imaginable and have just sorta came to the realization that I’ve caused extensive damage from doing these things. It’s really the only time my stomach gives me issues, which is pretty good for the surgery I had. I know many adults that struggle lots more with it later in life.
Ok so back to my year. I did however complete 1 - 100k, which happened to
Be my western states qualifier. I had the same issues there but had time to work through them as not too many miles left.
I did, I think, 3 - 50s. 2 of which I took a 25 mile finish at around mile 40. 1 of which I completed. 1 was more having fun than racing at all and ended up missing cutoffs.
Here’s the crazy thing about my year. I feel I was more fit in 2017 than either 2015 or 2016. I feel my data and my runs both support that statement. I did see some success from this level of fit. My body fat is down in the single digits for the first time ever. I also out right won a road marathon and also got a Sub 3 hour marathon this
Year. That was a big PR for me breaking my previous record from almost 2 years prior.
So summing up my 2017, I ran somewhere over 3K miles. I raced a lot, I was able to do well at marathons, but ultras not so much. I feel more fit than ever, maybe just not 100 mile fit, or interested/capable anymore.
2018 I am racing less this.
My only race I’m fired up about right now is Quad Rock 25 miler in May. I may get into leadville, and would be honored if I did and race the crap out of that bad boy. Also I plan to be at many races helping and crewing again. I’m doing more just big trail days and such. If I get the 100 mile bug again I may go after it at Javalina because I think I could get that puppy done before the stomach stuff starts getting real bad. And i has so much fun there last year. Anyways I had a great year. Met so many new great friends and had so much fun with old friends out on the trails. I absolutely loved it. thanks for following, happy trails and happy 2018!
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Much love - J
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