My Year in Review

What a truly phenomenal year. It started out with an unexpected invite to run a 100 miler in India and ended with The North Face 50 miler Championships in California. More importantly, 2015 marks my 11 straight year without a major running injury, my 37th ultra marathon finish of my career and several other major accomplishments in my life.

Hammer RTR article-1

Featured in Endurance News, my 100 miler story in India

I was fortunate enough to get to go to India for the Run the Rann 100 miler. The race was a lot of fun and pain (thorns!) and I finished in 2nd place. I spent 3 weeks after the race adventuring in India and the Himalayas. You can read my blog about it here.

I raced a few fast road half-marathons in the spring and didn’t race next till The North Face 50 miler in Utah. I had a really rough race and finished 4th but bounced back quickly to train for my next race.

Next, I chose to run the US National Trail Marathon Championships in Moab again this year and had a lot of fun. I had a good race there and it ended up being good prep for my final race of the year, TNF 50 miler Championships.


Trail Runner magazine ad featuring my RTR 100 miler fuel choice

I went into my final race very fit but pretty tired from a long year of racing and playing. I was curious to see how the race would go. As the race unfolded, I felt surprisingly good but didn’t have the mental fortitude to push it to go quite as fast as I wanted. I still ran a very good race in 7:25 for 31st in a super competitive field.

Besides racing, I had a successful year of coaching several athletes to PR’s from 5k to 100 mile distances. I really love helping runners get results whether that means overcoming injuries or accomplishing their goals. Helping others brings me great joy and I’m really fortunate that I get to work with such dedicated and hard working people I call friends.

Finally, I had two other standout accomplishments of my life. The first was getting named to the prestigious list of Great Vegan Athletes. I join a list that includes Olympian Carl Lewis and ultra superstar Scott Jurek. I also got to publish an article in UltraRunning magazine which I am very happy about.

A big thanks to my sponsors, Hammer Nutrition, Altra shoes, MacroLife Naturals and Correct Toes. Also, I couldn’t do what I love without my family and friends. I look forward to 2016 and another year of adventures.