Looking Back on 2016 and Forward to 2017

The year 2016 marked my first full year of serious training. It has now become a big part of my life. My non-running friends make fun of me, and strangers think I’m crazy. For me, it’s a way to get away, collect my thoughts, and push myself. And most importantly, it’s a social event. I estimate that 75% of my miles are run with another person.

Brett Rosauer and I battling right before the infamous spillway during Valhalla 12.4.

Here are some 2016 highlights:

Chilling with Pete Kostelnick during his amazing record run across the US.

Final Thoughts of 2016

2016 went great. I competed in my first ultra and immediately decided that I prefer trail and ultra running to marathon and road racing. I also visited Colorado for the first time and immediately fell in love. Lastly, I began working with a coach, David Roche, in October. He will prove to be a valuable asset to my running. He has provided me with smarter training, accountability, and a sounding board for questions and ideas.

I may have only won one race in 2016 (and it wasn’t a “real” race), but I’m not concerned with that. More wins will come later. My goal was to see progress and learn how to run ultras, and I accomplished this. I chose competitive races where I would be forced to push myself, and I will continue to select races based on competition level as I move forward.

Thorsday at the start of Valhalla 12.4. It was a nice and toasty 20 degrees.

Looking Forward to 2017

My early 2017 race schedule is as follows. The rest of 2017 will be determined as the year plays out.

  • Feb 25: Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run 50k
  • Apr 17: Boston Marathon (fun run, not race)
  • May 13: Ice Age 50 mile

I’m also hoping to do more traveling in 2017. I’m making a quick trip to Colorado this weekend and visiting Bend, OR in August. If you want to go on any running trips with me this summer, let me know! My summers are super flexible.

It seems weird for me to say, but as of now, I don’t have any specific goals for 2017. My main focus is executing Roche’s training plan and having fun. I trust that he will put me in the best position to improve. Of course, once I get closer to Ice Age 50, I will take a look at my fitness level and begin making race specific goals.

Thank you to everyone for such a great 2016. Let’s have some fun in 2017!

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4 Responses to “Looking Back on 2016 and Forward to 2017”

  1. Mark

    You have almost precisely 50% more miles and more hours than me. I’m at 2330 miles and 322 hours.

    I’ve got Psy Wy and IA50 as well, but you’ve left off The Gooch and the Grand Blue Mile!

    • lancecundy

      You will be back on the horse in 2017 with Wednesday workouts, Thorsdays, and Saturday long runs!

      Maybe I’ll time an interval with The Gooch sometime, and GBM is a maybe.

  2. JoshWarne

    I do make fun of you, yes! But also have a ton of respect for you, along with a little envy. Keep making dreams happen my friend and sharing your story to motivate others.

    • lancecundy

      I can actually trace my running back to you. You pushed me to get a PhD. I ended up in Iowa City. I met the Thorsday group. Boom! Thank you!!


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