New Year, New Mountains

2014 was a huge year for me, and running played a huge part in that. I experienced a lot of “firsts” and “bests,” and I’ll always remember 2014 as the year that paved the way for some really big things.


Let’s do a brief recap of what all went down:

First 30k – Rogue Distance Festival (January)

First marathon – Chevron Houston Marathon (January)

One mile PR – Rogue Track Festival (February)

Became Skechers Performance Brand Ambassador (February)

First half marathon – Rock n Roll Dallas Half (March)

10k PR – Statesman Capitol 10,000 (April)

5k PR – Sunshine Run (April)

First trail race – Rogue Trail Series: The Ranch (June)

First 8k – Run Free Texas 80’s 8k (October)

Half marathon PR – Decker Challenge (December)

Photos from Decker (Credit: Steven Yu):

 

 

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Decker Challenge half marathon – Mile 4

 

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Decker Challenge half marathon – Mile 4
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Decker Challenge half marathon – Mile 4 – Racing in Skechers GOmeb Speed 2
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Decker Challenge – Mile 10

Behind all of these race results was countless hours and over 2,300 miles of running throughout the year. You would think that I would look back and feel peace, knowing that I did the best that I could…

 

But I am determined to make 2015 even more epic than 2014. I’m starting a new job on January 26th, and I think this will only be the start of life changing events this year. I’m not big on revealing my goals to people. My coach calls this “releasing the power” – when you spread your goals to everyone around you. Instead, I’ll just tell you what my plans are for racing and my performances will be what they are.

 

Plans:

Run 3,500 miles throughout the year

Lose some weight

Spend more time in the gym

Do more yoga

Post everything on Strava – Follow me! http://www.strava.com/athletes/tylercmathews

3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX – January

Statesman Capitol 10,000, Austin, TX – April

Boston Marathon, Boston, MA – April

Spend 2 weeks in Colorado during the Summer

First Ultramarathon trail race – Sometime in the Fall

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In the end, the races that I run are only a reflection of the work that I put in, and I can’t wait to share my work with all of you.

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