Ran only 6.25 kms today with not much to add to any of the yearly totals.
A fairly good without being outstanding year with the 4238 kms being above the long term average but no where near the all time best.
More importantly, I recorded altitude figures this year and finished with an elevation gain of 76,387 metres. As most would know, most GPS figures for distance and especially ones for height are not that accurate and should be taken as a best possible guide.
However, I am happy with both of the above for the year. The altitude obviously involved plenty of hard work as I tend towards the steeper hills & mountains.
One of the reasons to tackle this area this year & probably cut back a bit on distance was to gain/maintain strength & endurance especially as I get older.
If I can maintain my present level, then I am hoping in the future my health & general well being will hold together.
Highlights racing wise were few, a couple of 6 hour track runs, the Bush Capital Ultra of 63 kms in winter in cold & wet conditions. I did win 2 gold medals at the veteran's athletic club monthly handicaps. Hadn't won one before this year, so 2 was a big bonus.
Then the long run along the Darling River from Bourke to Wilcannia of 335 kms in 6 days. Easy running, windy against couple of days, then warm/hot days later. Testing but enjoyable week.
Best of all had some great training sessions in all conditions. Both Stockyard Spur run in late winter in the snow and the Neverest 6 times up and down in early winter were great.
Also discovered the Bullen Range now upgraded to suitable fire trail conditions and ran/walked along it 8 times. Very tough, all hills, some steep, no flat parts, wonderful location so close to home.
Then last Monday, ran a full circuit of Googong Dam just over the border in NSW. An easy side and a hard side of 40 plus kms with around 1600 metres of up hill. A good day out.
Happy with the year overall, but not sure what 2016 will have in store.