Friday, January 2, 2009

2008 - Year in Review.

I had a great start for 2008.
Ran a strong marathon 2:38 followed by a pr in the 50K at the USA National Championship.
Just missed qualifying for the Boston Marathon with my time for the 50K. Ended up running 3:16.

I competed in 3 USA T&F National Championships and was 4th overall in all three.
[50K, 100K, Trail Marathon]

My summer was a bummer.
When Western States was cancelled I decided to take advantage of some hard runs.
I hammered too hard at Squaw Valley and really trashed my hamstring.
June and July was trying to recover and still keep some base miles while backing off the speed on the track and my tempo runs.

In October tried to re-group for a fall ultra, but never felt race ready.
I committed to running Sunmart Texas Trail 50 Miler in December.
During the race I never felt like I was actually racing or in a groove.

Total Milage for the year was 4,957.

Not too bad for having a bad couple months during the summer and backing off the tail end of December.


duchossois said...

You accomplished a lot despite the set-backs. I hope you can start 2009 as well as you did in 2008, and avoid the injuries to make it a great year.
Thanks for all the help and support you gave me in 2008.

I am a runner. "We are what we repeatedly do" said...

Pretty amazing numbers you put down. For many miles did you log in 98, 99 , 00?

I hope to run with you some in 2009


Wyatt Hornsby said...

Mark: That 3:16 at the 50k national championship is amazing. You had a great first half of the year and just had some bad luck with your hamstring. I'm sure 2009 will be a great year for you. I predict a strong finish at Western States and a battle royale between you and Tim Clement at the BR100. Just make sure you build in some recovery and special dieting so you're fresh for both races as well as all the others you run. Wyatt

Lloyd said...

Good work, Mark.

Hope you get the results you're looking for in 2009.