A year ago, almost to the day, I enjoyed one of my happiest racing experiences for some time. Sharon and I were on the last day of a three-week vacation in the western U.S., and ran in the Boney Mountain Trail Half Marathon west of Los Angeles. After a steady start, I worked my way through the field in the second half, which included a 2000ft climb, and after a helter-skelter descent, finished in 18th place in a field of over 300. The next runner in the 60+ division was 33 minutes behind. I didn't believe I could still run so fast and thought then that it was likely to be the racing highlight of 2013 for me, and that's how it turned out.
|Reaching the bottom of the descent|
from Boney Mountain
I would like to think I didn't make any poor choices leading to injury or illness since Boney Mountain last January, but know I have learnt a few things about myself, particularly the growing need to warm up longer and/or start slower for anything fast. Good choices or bad, I still had plenty of downtime and failed to produce any performances comparable to Boney Mountain. However, it was only a year ago, and common sense tells me that not too much athletic potential can have been lost in just one year. I still believe that if I can string together three or four months of consistent and smart training and racing, there's no reason why I couldn't get back to that form. This is what keeps me going.