Friday, December 29, 2006

2006 Recap and Pondering 2007

It's already been two years since I began this blog. It has become more than I ever intended. This blog began as a place to write my thoughts, to log my miles and race reports.

I have 'met' so many wonderful cyber people through this blog, and through your own blogs. I have been inspired by so many of you, and I thank you for your cheers and well wishes as I try to reach new highs.

I began this blog on my 40th birthday. I wasn't looking forward to turning 40, I was quite depressed by the thought. Thank goodness the days leading up to turning 40 were worse than turning 40 itself. As I look toward turning 42 tomorrow, it is no big deal! I'm happy where I am and wouldn't change a thing.

2006 was quite a year for me. I excelled at running, surpassing my wildest dreams and goals. My goals were to PR at all ultra distances 50K-100 mile to 24 hour. I was able to check off that goal. I PR'd at 50K, 50 mile, 100 mile and 24 hour. Running McNaughton 2 hours faster than the previous year gave me the confidence I needed to try 100 miles at FANS. FANS scared me. I had dropped out the previous year at 12 hours and hadn't been able to reach 100 miles during my 2 prior attempts. Lo and behold, I was able to run 116.8 miles and capture 2nd woman. CRAZY. Voyaguer 50 mile came along and I wanted to break 1030. I did, 1026. Incredible when you take into account my first V was 1406, then 1234 and 1045. September brought Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile Trail Race. I was confident that I had a good solid training program to get me to the finish. I logged plenty of miles on the SHT and had Maria to run the race with. Damn. I couldn't finish it. I DNF'd at 77 miles.

My 2006 goals of finishing 3-100 miles races was going to bring me to my 2007 goals: Running The Grand Slam. Because I DNF'd at Superior, I may not have had the confidence to try the GS. I may have decided to finish Superior instead of trying Wasatch. Because I didn't get into Western States, I don't have to worry about it.

That brings me to my main goal for 2007: Finishing the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile Trail Race. To get to the finish line I will add longer back to back runs on the SHT. My legs gave out at 77 miles. I'll run the 50K up there in May on a Saturday, followed by another 20 mile on the SHT on Sunday. I'll go up for weekends, training back to back long runs mid summer to late summer. I'll finish that race..or damn near die trying!

I'm also going to dip my toes into the sport of triathlon. Those that have been reading my blog since inception will know that my friend Ann and I were training for triathlon in the months before she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, Stage 4. We were biking 20-30 miles and swimming. Her swimming was getting pretty strong, mine still sucked. It still sucks. When Ann was diagnosed at the end of October we still had plans of completing the Chain of Lakes triathlon in May. After Ann passed away in February, I just couldn't bring myself to complete the triathlon without her.

It's been a tough (almost) year that Ann has been gone. Running all of the races this past summer without Ann has been especially tough.

For 2007 I will complete the Chain of Lakes triathlon, in May. I'm going to train with Team in Training for the 2007 Lifetime Fitness Olympic Triathlon and will be collecting funds for Lymphoma Cancer Research in Ann's memory. I'll then try my hand at a 1/2 Ironman..looking like either Pigman or Steelhead. Collecting funds in Ann's name and helping to further the research for Lymphoma Cancers will get me into the pool. I know that Ann will be with me. 2008 will bring another 1/2 Iron and Ironman WI.

I'll also run the McNaughton 100 mile in April; I love that race! This year they are adding a 150 mile option..I just don't know that I want to go around the course an additional 5 times. June will bring me to FANS, and you know, now that the fear is gone I might as well try cracking that 100 again. I'll run my usual favorites: Superior 50K, Afton 50K, Voyaguer 50 mile; yes, I'm a creature of habit. I don't have the money or the time to travel long distances to run my races. I enjoy the Minnesota races very much and am very happy right here.

I guess I better get into the pool...

12 comments:

Cathy said...

Julie
I've been reading your blog almost as long as you have been writing it. Ever since your BFL/pre-leanness lifestyle days. You have been and continue to be an incredible inspiration to me. Best to you on all of your 2007 goals. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Julie, you had an awesome 2 years. The life moves forward, the river flows ahead. You will have a fantastic 2007, no matter what you decide to do. Because you belong to kind of people who put their mind and heart and reach for the goal, and if it slips - get up, dust off and make another step to grab it.
Happy New Year!

Beth said...

Hi Julie! I am a lurker and really enjoy your blog. I look forward to reading about your trainings and races. Please tell me......do you have a personal trainer? How do you set up your training program with running and weightlifting??? I am interested in learning.....I am just preparing for my 3rd marathon....at 41! Thanks!
Beth ...
kmccall@mchsi.com

E-Speed said...

what an amazing year. You are so awesome and so inspirational!

Julie B said...

Thanks girls! Beth, I worked with a running coach for 4 months last year to help me with speed for my ultras. I guess it helped me! I do use a personal trainer at the gym 2-3x a week. I love lifting. I don't lift as most running coaches state: light and high reps. I like building muscle, I lift heavy as I can go. During the summer racing I lift legs only 2-3 x a month as I'm either tapering or recovering.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about being a creature of habit. It is hard to pass up all the great races that are so close and so nice to run year after year.

I will be looking for some advice in a couple of months as I approach another attempt at completing 100 miles at a 24 hour event in March. Last year I stopped at 50. Here's to a great 2007.

marathonP said...

Happy Birthday and Happy New Year Julie!!

My 2007 goal is simple: do half of what Julie does :)

I'm back on my horse and training for the Catalina Island 50 Miler again. I'm adding plyometrics, yoga and lots of resistance training to prevent injury this time. I'm even doing sprinting intervals now...love it!!

Love your spirit Julie. Love how you keep moving forward...that's why we can't stay away from here.

phil

RunBubbaRun said...

Hi, I have been reading along as of late, I'm contemplating McNaughton as my 1st 50 miler (or Ice Age 50). Look forward to reading your ultra adventures for 2007. Good luck in your TRI adventures also.

Happy holidays.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Julie! Have a wonderful 2007!

Anonymous said...

Julie, long time reader, first time poster. I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time, and your stories have been very inspiring to me.

Congratulation on such an amazing year, and happy birthday! Keep it up, and best wishes in 2007!

Jean

Lora said...

Julie, I've followed along for the past year and, as I've told you before, I have been very inspired by you.

Your success with LL got me to try it and....bam! helped me achieve my weight loss goal.

You're the "everywoman" that shows us that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve whatever you want.

I wish you all the best this upcoming year....with great thanks for sharing with us your innermost thoughts. The world is truly a better place because of what you bring to it.

Vesa Loikas said...

Moi -

I've been following your running via your blog for almost a year now. I thank you for wonderful & inspiring blogging!

My mileage is only about 35k a week but even at that I need help, so keep up the runs and blogging in 2007!

Sincerely,
Vesa Loikas, Turku, Finland