Racing was a little light in 2018, but I was happy to try a few different types of races, from trail to road running, triathlon and inline skate racing, I was decently fit all year despite taking July nearly completely off of running. I think I had some burnout going on stemming from 2017’s Superior 100. The second half of 2018 was a total refresh and reset of my outlook and training. When ultrarunning, I think that is necessary from time to time. The break helped fuel the fire.
Looking to 2019, I have ambitious goals to push the limits of distance and recovery. I’m inspired by runners like Yiannis Kouros and Courtney Dauwalter and how they can run days on end, racking huge miles day after day.
My biggest goal of the year and of my life, is to set a Fastest Known Time on the Superior Hiking Trail. I am obsessed with this trail. I had the FKT (unsupported) for over two years, and Ajay Pickett smashed it in September 2018. As of this writing, there has not been a documented FKT attempt of the Superior Hiking Trail in the supported fashion. That is what I want to do. I have a few ultramarathon finishes under my belt and I think this sort of adventure suits my strengths. This time around, I want to be aggressive from mile one, to truly see what is possible. Then, I aim to push the limits of recovery and try Last Runner Standing two weeks later, then Grandma’s Marathon two weeks after that. My goals are to finish in under 4 days on the Superior Hiking Trail, over 24 hours and/or win Last Runner Standing and under 3 hours and Grandma’s Marathon.