I like to look at each year and think of what I learned or otherwise how I progressed as a runner. In 2012 of course I started running ultras, having run marathons for several years if seemed the next logical step. Not that I have conquered the marathon by any means (just see my results), but I was ready for something different and with how much I enjoy running why not go our there and run for longer? At any rate, this year I was able to see just how much my body could handle week over week. I peaked out at 70 mile weeks (65-70 miles) with my low weeks not dropping under 50.
I didn't do near the amount of speed work that I wanted, in fact I really didn't do any at all. But despite that I was able to still improve me speed and discover how effective adding on more mileage would be for me. I can only look back and wonder what my times would have looked like if I actually did speed work. But understand that I hate it, track work is pain, I would rather run half the speed for 10 times longer, as evidenced by the fact that I just didn't do the work.
What I did do was take some video of a few of my routes. I will try and do more of this next year as I frequently get questions from friends and family about my training runs, and as you can see Alaska truly is a beautiful place!