Thursday, January 2, 2014


Humans are arbitrary creatures. We tend to take every opportunity to seize hold of a seemingly arbitrary change, pontificate about its implied meaning, and turn it into more than it actually is.  The passing of another year is the perfect example of this. No sooner am I throwing away my all used up  "365 days of cats" calendar than I am thinking wistfully at the year that was and making plans for the year that is yet to come.

As I reflect back over the past year, I'm reminded that it isn't without the lows that we learn to appreciate the highs.  Indeed even drug addicts become physically accustomed to highs and must take an ever increasing amount of drugs to maintain their euphoria. Fortunately, it seemed that I had a bit of the opposite during 2013 - plenty of punishing lows that had me reflecting fondly of days gone by and pain-free miles ran.  But, never one to get me down, this can only mean that I am due for LOADS of ups in 2014....lest I get used to it and start turning sexual tricks to pay for my increasingly more expensive highs. Wonderful, amazing, profitable, sexual tricks.....

So, take a spin with me as I work to place blame on my failures and take personal credit for my successes apply the big letter F to each facet of my life.  Not THE F-word (because truth be told I don't say that word) but essentially every other F word out there:

The older I get the more I accept / participate in gratuitous old man nudity in the gym more I find that family plays a larger role in my life. I'm sure that this has everything to do with me doing my part to the overpopulation problem, but also likely it is because I've been working on simplifying and focusing on what matters. As much as I would like, my tombstone is likely not going to say: "Boston Qualifier".  It'll probably have some sort of pun followed by "Quick to laugh, Loving father".

This year my son's personality has blossomed. Each day he is not only learning more, but also teaching me more about myself. How I can be incredibly patient (yes, for the 40th time, that light IS green!) but also impatient as well (WHY won't he just take two bites of peas.  JUST TWO BITES!!?!?!). He is a constant reminder to enjoy every moment to the fullest.

Early 2013: Sippin' on gin and juice

Late 2013 - still cute, but does pretty much whatever he wants when a camera is flashed
(chip off the old block, obvs)

Ahhh, family time. It warms my heart the quality time spent together 
Also note I was on my phone snapping this picture...

Fitness.... fitness... fitness....  Probably the cause for most of my frustrations this year, I'm really looking forward to getting back into my regular routine.  I logged approximately 1360 miles this year.  This was nearly 1000 fewer than in past years.  Although, I took nearly 4 months off, so that number somewhat makes sense.  I will be the first to admit, though, that knowing that I'm not in my peak physical condition stings a bit.

4 miles!? Amateur. 
The year started with a stress fracture diagnosis in late January. That resulted in nearly 10 weeks off leading up to the Boston marathon in April.  There were a few test runs here and there and I was able to run 10ish miles before the race, but other than that I was mostly in the pool Aqua Jogging or on the bike doing the spin thing.

The good thing about aqua jogging is all of the spandex and the fact that you stay pretty cool while doing it.  The bad thing about aqua jogging is "shrinkage" and "compression".  (Look. I need all the help I can get.)

What the hell? Am I trying to shoot spider webs out of my arms here?

While I didn't do it as much as I should have (I was restricted for the first half of my injury) I did get on the bike with regular frequency.  The nice thing about the bike is that you can cover LOTS of miles with minimal effort.  While it is a bit frustrating that all of my run fitness didn't directly correspond to fast times, it was still good to slap on the seemingly 15 different things needed to bike and hit the pavement.  The downside of biking is all of the damn gear that you need. It seemed like I needed everything that I needed for running PLUS 4-5 other things. I asked around a bit if the rectal wattage meter was 100% required, but everyone did so I just went with it.

Kissy kissy!!  Ladies, just TRY to hold yourself back

My sweet bike setup (before I crashed...while on the trainer)

The Missoula marathon mid year was probably the highlight performance-wise.  I clocked in a 3:19 which felt rather easy at the time and had so much fun with everyone surrounding the race. If you like small sized marathons, add this one to your list. Seriously.

Tastes like Montana

The fall brought a crushing workload that found me not running for nearly 6 weeks. I wish I had a profound thing to say about this one, but when given the option between sleeping less than 5.5 hrs (what I averaged), playing with my son, working so I can afford to pay for housing, and a running hobby.... Running is at the bottom of the list.  Bummer.

The Boston Marathon and The NYC Marathon were two bucket list races that I was able to cross off. While neither were a "good" running performance, something tells me that when I'm 80 years old trying to have the "Boston Marathon 4 LIFE" tattoo lasered off of my ass I won't recall my sub-par time.  I honestly have few "bucket list" races left, so to cross these two off was a HUGE accomplishment.

They get $100 bucks for THIS?!?!?
(Just kidding, they take your soul first - THEN the $100)

NYC - Haterz gotta hate
Also, haterz gotta pay for race pics

Finishing (Thats what she said)

The last 18 months or so in medal form

This year I've ran a number of races. Most of them for fun. Based on my records, 3 marathons, 3 half marathons, 1 10k, 2 5ks, and 1 other distance.  I set a total of zero PRs.  Hmm. However, I did set my current half PR on 12/31/2012, so that has to be worth something.

I also paced a half marathon which was a BLAST (hmm, race report forthcoming on that I guess) and ran a number of other races with friends.  In fact, I guess the reason that I didn't PR in any distances was because I never TRIED to PR without the stroller.  Sort of a chicken or egg thing there.

YES I was pacing people, they had ran ahead.....I hope

One of the most interesting developments of 2013 is how my interpersonal relationships ebbed and flowed.  I've made so many new friends, running and non running, but also lost more than a few for one reason or another. The road less traveled as it were. Like sands through an hourglass, these are the days of our lives....

To not be all doom and gloom, I DID want to add one last F-word to 2013.  Future. There are lots of bright spots right now that I am really looking forward to.  In fact, each one of the previous areas mentioned is one that I am hopeful and optimistic for.  But, not being one to sit on my rectal wattage meter, I'm actively taking steps to make 2014 the best 2014 that I've ever lived! (Probably because it is the only one I've ever lived.) So, basically what I'm saying is that I'm not letting my son leave the table until he eats at least ONE bite of peas.  Happy New Year!


One Crazy Penguin said...

2013 seemed to be really up and down for a lot of people that I know (myself included!). That being said, everyone is leaving the year stringer and better for it!

Happy 2014 :)

Jamoosh said...

Only a few more bucket races on your list? I hope one of them is "Run with Jamoosh" - then you have a valid excuse for a sub-par performance...

T-Rex Runner said...

God, the amount of crap you need for biking really is just out of control. Every time I go to get on my bike, whether it's on the trainer or, rarely, in the great outdoors, I get annoyed by all the accoutrements. And the bike shorts. Those are the worst.

You get to meet meeeeee in the future! And we get to drink beer! Hoooooraayyyy beer!

Running Through Phoenix said...

Its actually on MY bucket list that you run with Jamoosh. Make a hater happy.

Michaela said...

I probably say the F word -- that Other F Word -- enough for both of us combined!

Great post and agree that 2013 was an interesting year. Although you forgot the word Food. And Fabulous (with a photo of Arvan, of course). said...

In my opion you had a great year. Yes it was full of highs and lows running wise (boo that stress fracture) you were able to check off a couple of big bucket races.

I hope next year you have a fabulous NJ half or full. It will be awesome. said...

Pretend that I fixed that awful spelling error. *opinion

Kate Geisen said...

"Quick to laugh, Loving father" is a pretty good epitaph. And ultimately much more meaningful than Boston Qualifier. Of course, you've got all of those on your resume, so that's pretty cool.

Bikes DO require so much extra gear. Running is a treat bc not so much junk to get together. But biking is sooo much more fun! Unless you crash on your trainer, which I too have done.

Happy New Year, Adam! I hope your 2014 is all kinds of highs.

Gracie said...

Happy New Year! A year with some big races (even if not PRs) is still a good year. And you ran multiple marathons injury-free (well, I mean, they were after your injury. As in, they didn't cause your injury - so, good).

Mike said...

Happy New Year Adam!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Happy New Year! Was in the same boat as you were - stress fracture, getting a bike (and 100+++ other accessories to go with it!), work, work and more work. Let's hope 2014 will be a better (and more balanced) year for us.