My “Strava Year in Sport” 2017 – the prior year was marked by some incredible experiences. Participating injured in my second Badwater Cape Fear; crewing DelRayBeach at the Salton Sea and Martinez at the 135. I explored the Big Bend of the Rio Grande, summiting the tallest peak in the Chisos range. I had the goal of running 1000miles and achieved just that. After being injured for most of 2016, I felt especially froggy. I’m totally grateful for (and am taking great care of) my health this year, and I’m feeling really strong going into 2018. My goal for 2018 is 2018miles, and I’m thinking to myself, “With 550miles already on my now (to my knowledge) discontinued LonePeakNeoShell, maybe i should start looking for new shoes.” I started the this year with a 23-ish mile solo trail run, and have no scheduled events. I indeed prefer solo events, and plan to aid/crew a few races. Secretly, I hope 2018 will be my year for completing a 50miler. There. I said it. My name is Matthew, and I want to be an ultramarathoner.

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