The previous few years had been all about the Boston Marathon- all of my training was dedicated to getting a BQ, so running in the 2014 Boston Marathon was a big deal for me. The whole experience was great- the whole city revolves around the marathon for that weekend, so for those couple of days all the runners there felt like celebrities. I didn't have a great race (you can read the full report here- http://dadontherun.weebly.com/blog/2-weeks-later-my-thoughts-on-the-boston-marathon) but overall the experience was amazing.
My first trail race of the year was the Red Barn Snowshoe Race in Napanee ON. As always, Derrick Spafford (http://healthandadventure.com/) put on a great event, and we were fortunate to have a beautiful day- a few degress below freezing, a bright blue sky, and lots of snow on the ground. I came out of the that race 4th overall, and the 1st Master.
The big events for 2014 were my first 2 Ultra Marathons. My first ever ultra was the Conconheague 50K in Blain PA (http://dadontherun.weebly.com/blog/my-first-50k-a-great-day-on-the-trails). I had a really great time there- I felt good for the whole race, and ended up 2nd overall.
That set the stage well for my 2nd ever Ultra, the Ultra Trail Harricana in Charlevoix QC (http://dadontherun.weebly.com/blog/race-report-ultra-trail-harricana-65k). Again, I had a great day. I was tired (as one should be when running that far) but I never bonked like I usually do in road marathons, and I had a great result- 17th overall, and 3rd in my Age Group.
I'm quite happy with how my year turned out. I had a lot of fun with my training and racing, I'm happy with the results, and I'm happy with what I learned. Now I'm really looking forward to what will happen in 2015.
How was your year?