Jarod Contreras 2015... A Year in review
April was adventure in the Southwest. Running to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back, then running around Sedona.
The adventure in the Canyon was so inspiring and beautiful, but of course brutal!
The beauty of Sedona was amazing, too.
May was highlighted by a climb up Mount Wilson. A true alpine climb in my opinion and a brutal one at that. Excitement and adventure with a lesson of persistence on that day.
An easy summary of June was= Tough Training.
We both, my father and I, were focused on preparations, mental & physical, for the John Muir Trail. So I enjoyed my summer vacation and trained hard and we got the gear, itinerary, and food together.
4th of July!
July was simple. We stayed in Camp Curry at Yosemite, then left for the JMT, and had the hardest day of my life. That day we realized that we are most definitely trail runners and not backpackers. We cut the trip short, did 60 miles of the JMT, and had fun as much we could. Then we stayed in Mammoth for a bit.
We both want to go back and do the JMT supported or at least in a lighter, more trail runner-my fashion. But, I did learn to persevere, to push, to endure, to be present, and to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the trail that motivated me to start running.
August was more tough training and fun!
I buckled down and focused on my first 50k, Whoo's in El Moro. We went up to Portland and had lots of fun there, training, pushing, and being present.
October was a buckle down for the race and when it came I was ready and nervous and excited.
The morning of.
Coming in hot.
7 hours and 37 minutes later I finished in my Luna sandals and long hair, at 16 years old. By far the youngest racer out there, a fact which impressed everyone. Including me, I was proud.
The race coincided with my "fat-iversary." Which is where on October 24, 2014 I ran my first run with my dad, then a year later on October 24, 2015 I'm running a 50k!
Winding down the season and the year.
The holidays and the last month of the year gave me time to reflect on the year, to be thankful for it, and to rest for 2016. I hope in 2016 I can be better, be stronger, more present, to remember more, and to experience even more.