I can honestly say that I'm super-happy with the way things went this year. I was able to get in a number of great races, remain injury-free and have some great experiences in the meantime.
|In the clouds of Montblanc near Chamonix|
My races for the year included:
- San Tan Scramble 50k
- Black Canyon 100k
- Old Pueblo 50 (PR)
- Hom 100 (charity) - raised $20,500 for ALS
- Tahoe Rim Trail 100
- McDowell Mt. Frenzy 25k
In hindsight, the best thing about running in 2016 had nothing to do with my personal accomplishments as a runner but as a coach, mentor and leader of the trail running community here in the East Valley.
I have come to enjoy the social element of running much more than the actual pursuit of buckles or medals. There is a part of me that wants to continue and train and be fit but the part that's taken over this year was finding ways to bring people together - whether it's for trail work, group runs or Christmas parties. I'm extremely proud of what I've helped others accomplish this year.
|May 2016 crew cleaning up San Tan|
|Tahoe Rim Trail 100 awesomeness!|
I hope the San Tan Trail Runners group continues to grow. I hope new friendships emerge. I hope others are inspired to set new goals for themselves in the coming year.
Happy 2016 to you all.