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2020 Goals

I always love going into the New Year. I use the weeks leading up to the new year as a time to reflecting on the outgoing year and then use the first few weeks of the new year to dream of what I want to accomplish for the incoming year.  

For many the "New Year New You" has such a negative connotation.  I think it is because when most people make New Year Resolutions they don't consider the why, seem to focus on the negative, and are made in haste.  

Over the weekend, I listened to 3 great podcasts during my long run to help me dial in my goals and help with more introspection. 
Ultra Stories - New Year New You
No Meat Athlete - 16 Impactful 2020 Resolutions So Easy You Could Start Them Today
Rich Roll Podcast - Kelly McGonigal Wants You To Fall In Love With Movement

In looking back, I've found that I do well when I make goals for myself.  When I don't, I tend to be all over the place without much direction.  I find this to be true in every area of my life. 

For 2020,…
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2019 - My Year In Running

2019 is in the rear view mirror, here's a look back at 2019.

2019 was better than 2018 as far as getting miles in, my total mileage for the year was 683, nearly doubling my total from 2018 (358). While I'm a little disappointed in my total mileage number, it is moving in the right direction.  2019 was a stellar year in so many other ways. I ran 10 races, including first timed race at Jackalope Jam where I nabbed my first 100k.
I enjoyed many weekend runs with the Sam Houston National Forest Trail Sisters group throughout the year.  I volunteered at every race that I ran... and even some races that I didn't run.  


2019 - My Year In Running
Best Race: El Taco Loco!  This race proved to me that I can overcome the voice in my head that is telling me to quit. It was also a pretty awesome race with tacos, beer, margaritas, perfect running weather and a very runnable course!

Best Run: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!  I went with my nieces and nephew.  HD and I stuck together for most of…

2019 - My Year In Bling

2019 was quite a year in racing for me.  Ten of my 11 races were on trail and were Trail Racing Over Texas races. I ran my first 100k in a timed race, then later ran another 100k.  2019 brought me my first DNF as well.   2017 - My Year In Bling In January, I traveled up to Tyler, TX for Running the Rose.  It's at Tyler State Park... such a beautiful park.  I ran the 11 mile distance and worked a few volunteer shifts as well. 

In February, I ran Jackalope Jam. It's a timed race event where participants can choose between 72, 48, 24, 12, or 6 hours and get as many miles as possible.  I signed up for the 24  hour race and finished 100k in that time. 
In April I went back out for the 50k at Brazos Bend 50... looking to beat my time from the previous year, mission accomplished!
Cleburne State Park was the location for the Coyote Run.  I chose the 25k race and was challenged by the elevation and rocky course.
I got my first DNF at Possum's Revenge.  I ended up getting this swee…

El Taco Loco 100k Race Recap

On October 26 I ran the 100k at El Taco Loco.  The event was a Trail Racing Over Texas race located at the Land Heritage Institute in San Antonio, TX.  This race promised a fiesta atmosphere with tacos, beer, margaritas, costume contest, and a buckle that would hold a taco!

Pre-race... I drove up to San Antonio the day before for my volunteer shift at packet pick up, arriving just in time to set up my tent. We paused packet pick up for the pre-race meeting, where I learned that the loop was more like 16-ish miles versus 15.5, how close to 16 would be a mystery until race day (spoiler - it was about 16.4ish according to my Garmin).  


Race Day The alarm woke me up bright and early at 4:15.  Even though I knew I had a little over an hour before the race started, it was very difficult to get out of my warm sleeping bag.  I managed to escape the cocoon and made to the start with time to spare.  The start line was alive with pre-race energy! Rob, the race director, was outfitted in taco pa…

Coyote Run Recap

On Saturday, April 27 I ran the 25k at Coyote Run. This was a trail race at Cleburne State Park outside of Cleburne, TX. There were other distances which included 50 mile, 50k, 8 mile, and 4 mile.

I hadn't originally planned to run this race, as my weekends were filling up. Once Trail Racing Over Texas posted that the course was one of the toughest in Texas, I just had to jump on in and see what it was all about.
Coyote Run Recap I headed up to Cleburne late Friday morning. I was planning on taking advantage of the free primitive camping and wanted to pick up my packet so that I could sleep in as much as possible. Luck was on my side as I pulled into the camping spot... a few friends had just arrived so I got my tent set up and hung out with the cool kids the night prior.

Saturday morning started out coolish 63, sunny, and breezy. After getting changed and pulling my gear together, I went to wait for the shuttle to get to the starting line.


The 25k started right at 8:00 am…

2019 Brazos Bend 50 Recap

On April 6th, I ran the 50k at Brazos Bend 50.  The event was a Trail Racing Over Texas race located at Brazos Bend State Park outside of Needville, TX.  This is my Brazos Bend 50k recap.



Pre-race...



Prior to the race, the race director sent out communication regarding issues at the park. Due to some erosion, there were parts of the park that were inaccessible by vehicle. Rob, the RD, had to do some work to find off-site parking and more shuttles to get the runners to the park. From my perspective, this change was executed flawlessly.



Race Day



I was up bright and early! 



I was on the road at 4:15 for the 90 minute drive out to Needville.  The pre-race emails stressed getting to the park betwen 90 minutes - 2 hours before race time.  I arrived in plenty of time and caught the shuttle to where the race would begin.  I was there in plenty of time to use the restroom, and chat it up with some friends.



Brazos Bend 50k Recap



The pre-race briefing was held 10 minutes prior to gun time. We we…

Goals for Brazos Bend 50 2019

Tomorrow morning is Brazos Bend 50! I'll be running the 50k again this year. Last year, I wasn't at my best and I'm hoping to get a little redemption at this race.








Brazos Bend 50 is held at Brazos Bend State Park, known in the area for it's population of gators. One of the attractions of the race is the thrill of seeing a gator cross your path during the race. It has never happened to me, this year it will be warmer so I'm hopeful that I'll see gators outside of the water.







Goals for Brazos Bend 50



Start out slow and steady. Finish under 7 hours.Embrace the long out and back between Windmill and Sawmill.High five as many TROT ambassadors as I can.
Last and the most important of them all... HAVE FUN and SMILE!







Have you ever ran a race again for redemption? Do you make goals other than time?