|(Getting a beach run in with Jen (sister-in-law), Cameron (niece), Brian (bro-in-law), and Sophie (daughter) in Carmel, CA)|
My newly recharged humility could have come from how this year started, i.e., waaay too much on my plate. I had a freshly broken collarbone, a new job that required 100+ cross-country flights per year, growing kids who fill weekends faster than I can control, a house in perpetual upgrade, and of course, a heavy race schedule that ignored all of these realities. My life mantra of "live life to have good stories" has a way of overbooking the calendar (as well as the checkbook), and my sanity often gets the spillover.
|(Starting the year with a bang, or "snap" in this case)|
|(The U Curve measures average happiness levels by age across many international cultures)|
I started the year with a welcome-back-from-surgery 3:24 at the Caumsett 50k, but also got to watch Ethan Coffee (2:53) and Emily Harrison (3:16) set new course records on their ways to USATF 50k Road National Championship titles. Emily would go on to win the IAU 50k Worlds as well.
|(Emily Harrison, our 50k National and World Champ)|
|(Meb Keflezighi brings it home at Boston)|
|(Super-Master Michael Wardian on his way to winning the 2014 Big Sur Marathon)|
|(Matt Flaherty and Chris Vargo setting the pace early on)|
|(Nothing quite like this finish line)|
|(Becky Kirschenmann on her way to her record setting win)|
|(Me taking a break at the halfway point)|
|(Chicks dig guys with medals)|
Yes, I had a few DNS's due to sickness/life events (TRT100, Moab Marathon, Flagline, CIM), but I also was consistent enough to get 316,000' vertical over 2,200 miles according to Strava. I'll take that any day.
But more than anything, I am happy just to be here. I deeply feel these are the best of times, and am ready to shake it up again for 2015. I hope you are all finding adventure in all parts of your lives, and letting its fountain of youth pour down your cheeks.
Kudos all and I'll see ya next year!