As 2013 comes to a close, I want to reflect on my past year of running, racing, and traveling, in hopes of putting in writing the memories that moved me and stoking the fire for future goals. I also wanted to restart a blog that began with my PCT hike in 2011 and went dormant during grad school. Homework! Much has happened since I stepped off the trail, though I’d like to focus here on the events that got my feet moving and heart pumping. After finishing grad school at Oregon, I ran and raced longer and tougher distances than ever before and experienced the far north of Fairbanks, AK. I met up with old friends, made new ones, traveled around the west, and arguably had the most enjoyable year of running since college. Hopefully 2014 can bring more of the same, and even some of the unexpected.