Running up, over and through the cogs

2014: Slowin’ My Roll, Runnin’ In Circles, Commitment

Jeff Lung 2014 Frozen Gnome 50k Butt Slide Hill

(Butt Slide Hill, Frozen Gnome 50k, 2014. Image by Scott Laudick, Runnerpics)

We did it! We made it through another year!

I started it out by sacrificing my footing in a frozen tundra.

A couple weeks later, I “ran” 21k through knee-deep snow, in the time it generally takes me to run twice that amount.

In the spring, I re-lived a dream to run the Boston Marathon, this time with no tragedies, floating atop the endless love and compassion from the good people of New England.

Not long after, I got cocky, raced a teenager and had to pull myself out of the game, flexing those mental muscles.

I recovered in time to run mad, around a .97 mile loop in a municipal park, setting a new personal distance record and fighting to stay on my feet for 24 hours straight.

In September, I experienced three distinct seasons over 50 glorious kilometers in the heart of my home state.

In October, I ran two marathons in consecutive days, and was back to work on Monday, walking around like nothing had happened.

And in November, I popped my century mark cherry by crossing the finish line of the Pinhoti 100, proving that through a sound, prepared and focused mind we can do anything we wish to do.

Throughout the year, I volunteered again at the Earth Day 50k/10k and the Des Plaines River Trail Races. I paced my good friend Siamak to a fierce finish at the Mohican 100 and Edna in her 100 miles at Potawatomi and 100k at Hallucination.

I also had the good fortune of getting another race report published in Ultrarunning Magazine (October issue).

I lived every moment, one footfall at a time, over mountainous trail and monotonous blacktop.

I ran. I laughed. I cried (more than you’d think).

I slowed down. I took it all in. I wrapped myself up in the trail, in the challenge of going far on foot, with pushing myself past any and all boundaries.

But perhaps most exciting of all: I got engaged! The thrill of sharing my life with the woman I love — a woman who shares my passion for adventure, for exploration, for making dreams come true — is more exciting than any race I’ve ever run. It’s a good thing we both love distance running, because life, my friends, is THE ultimate ultra run.

Happy New Year!

Jeff and Edna Powerade Maraton Monterrey 2014

(Un beso en la meta, Powerade Maraton Monterrey 2014)

 

 

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10 responses

  1. michelehartwig

    What a great year! Congratulations! So happy for both you and Edna!

    December 31, 2014 at 19:18

  2. There I was checking off your 2014 milestones right along with you (don’t forget one of your more amusing moments – missing Mexico City by a month!), until I got to that last one. Way to finish the year (and this post) on a high note, and huge congrats to you and Edna! 2015 promises to be epic in so many ways.

    January 1, 2015 at 03:19

    • Indeed! Yeah, the missed Mexico City race was more of a blunder than anything. Still pinching myself! I did end up going there anyway and we ran our own half marathon on a 2 kilometer long track. Pretty cool!

      January 23, 2015 at 09:17

  3. All the best in 2015, Jeff!
    -Mike

    January 1, 2015 at 11:36

  4. Adam Marshall

    Awesome year. And congrats to you and Edna. We’re really happy for you both!

    January 2, 2015 at 12:15

  5. Dan

    You always have huge years, Jeff, but this one seems to be one destined for the stars. Your wooded dalliances of distances insane certainly played a substantial part, but of course, every mile run would not be worth it were it not for Edna’s unconditional support. You two are peas in an ultra-pod and I wish you all the happiness you crazy people deserve. Happy New Year, Mr. Lung, and much love and prosperity in 2015!

    January 15, 2015 at 17:29

    • Igualmente, amigo! Thanks for reading and for sharing in the run love. Here’s to a bigger and even brighter 2015!

      January 23, 2015 at 09:19

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