2013 Year in Review

The proverbial end of my 2013 racing season coincides with the last blog I posted back in August.  Yep, I had a great season up until the Pikes Peak Marathon, and then bonked – physically, mentally, emotionally – I was done for the year.  And while I almost wish I could say I was disappointed at the time (I had one more race in September planned, more to come on that), I simply had too much going on to be so.

September and October brought work trips to New York and New Jersey, Vegas, Memphis, San Diego and Salt Lake City, as well as a few days off to get my wisdom teeth out.  October and November brought house-hunting and more work trips to San Francisco, Dallas and New York, interspersed between buying our first house and moving across town.  Momma Hodges came out for Thanksgiving, and before we knew it, we were preparing for our week-long trip to Prescott, AZ for Christmas.

Oh, and we adopted a cat - meet Harry!

Oh, and we adopted a cat – meet Harry!

Needless to say, I’m pretty darned proud of my 2013 season: I found redemption in Leadville, competed in some awesome trail races, conquered a 200-mile relay race with 5 amazing women (and won!), and took on one of the hardest races in America (so they say).  Here’s a little recap of 2013 in the Jamro-Hodges world…

Snowman Stampede 5M

Kicked off

Kicked off 2013 with Colorado Runner’s Snowman Stampede 5M in February

Canyonlands Half Marathon

Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab, UT on March 16th

Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab, UT on March 17th

Brain Booster 5K

March 31st - 3rd Female | Photo: Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sports

March 30th – 3rd Female | Photo: Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sports

Weekend Racing Doubleheader

Greenland 25K on May

Greenland 25K on May 5th

Louisville Half Marathon on May 6th

Louisville Half Marathon on May 6th

Copper Mountain Half Marathon

June 28th

June 28th

Redemption in Leadville

Leadville Silver Rush 50M

Leadville Silver Rush 50M

Highlight of the season!

July 14th

Wild West Relay – Ultra (5 Women)

August 2nd - 3rd

August 2nd – 3rd

1st - Women's Ultra Division

1st – Women’s Ultra Division

Flapjack 5K

August 15th - 3rd Female

August 15th – 3rd Female

Pikes Peak Marathon

August 18th - "America's Ultimate Challenge"

August 18th – “America’s Ultimate Challenge”

I was signed up for the Bear Chase 100K on September 29th, but truth be told, just wasn’t ready for it on any level.  I was physically beat up, mentally drained and emotionally unattached to any sort of running or racing.  It was a tough – but easy decision to make.

Looking Ahead: 2014

I’ve been enjoying off season with fun runs, skinning and snowboarding.

Gorgeous run in Prescott, AZ over Christmas

Gorgeous run in Prescott, AZ over Christmas

Skinning up Berthoud Pass

Skinning up Berthoud Pass

Riding down Berthoud with Ben

Riding down Berthoud with Ben

2014 will be a much different season than previous years.  I registered for the Boulder Ironman on August 3rd, 2014.  I’ve decided to dedicate the season to training for the event instead of packing the year full of races.  Official training will commence in January, and I’m excited to share this journey with everyone!

Stay tuned for training updates…

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