This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
At first glance 2013 was a failure for me. I wanted to run 2,013 miles and only ran 1,443 miles. I wanted to run sub 30 at Al’s Run and I ran it in 31:54. I wanted to be running races at a 6:00 minute per mile pace but I am not there.
However, upon closer inspection 2013 was a good year for me. I ran 311 miles further than last year which is more miles in a year than any other year in my life. I had several great races even taking home some age group hardware. I was faster at Al’s Run yet again this year making that four years in a row with a sizable improvement. I joined a gym so that I can run when the temps drop to the point that I would have skipped a run – I actually run. I am down nearly ten pounds and very close to an ideal racing weight. I am in much better condition at this point versus last year at this point.
I have set my goals extremely high considering I never ran for high school or college and I am closing in on them with a fierce passion.
Lastly, I have a great coach. His passion for running is an inspiration. His ability to understand a runner’s strengths and weaknesses very quickly allow him to set the runner up for success. He gives the runners all they need to become successful and meet or exceed their goals as long as they put in the required work.
Thank you Ryan for being that coach!