2013 was a successful year of running for me. I achieved multiple goals and pushed myself to new levels. But more on this in my year-end recap post, which will most likely be published sometime tomorrow. Today’s post is about the upcoming year and what I hope to accomplish. I am hoping to continue to build upon my successes in 2013 with my 2014 campaign. These goals are going to be in addition to my 2014 goal of completing at least one RAK (Random Act of Kindness) per day in 2014. More about this endeavor here and my progress will be tracked here. Now onto the goals!
Run a Marathon.
- This goal will be realized within the first two weeks of the year when I complete the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 12. This is probably my biggest goal of the year and it will be reached to launch my year of running. I read somewhere that less than 1% of the population has completed a marathon, so it would be some great company to be associated with. I am already getting antsy about the race and I am really looking forward to the run.
- Redeem My Germantown Half Marathon. I did not complete this race last year due to my peroneal tendonitis and had to walk the 5K instead. This tends to be a race that several runners PR, but that is not my goal. Rather, I just want to be able to complete the 13.1 miles that I could not complete last year.
- Become a Tough Mudder and a Spartan. I ran the Warrior Dash last year, and I loved it. I wanted to try some more obstacle races, but none come to Memphis, so there is the added expense of traveling to the race. I have already scheduled trips to Nashville for Tough Mudder in June and Tampa for the Spartan Sprint in February. These events seem to be even tougher than the Warrior Dash and will certainly push me further. Susan is still not convinced that I should run in the Tough Mudder, but the registration has been paid for, so it is all systems go.
- Try New Races. I presently do not have a set number of new races to try, but I already have six new races added to my schedule, with prospects for at least three more new ones. We will see how this goal progresses, but I imagine being in double digits of new races in 2014.
- Run More Half Marathons in 2014 Than My Entire Life Prior. I have officially completed five half marathons in my running history. This number could have been seven, but due to injury in March and ice in December, the number remains at five. I have already scheduled three half marathons with the Germantown Half in March and the Oak Barrel 13.1 and Country Music Half Marathon, both in April. Also, I will be running the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon again in December and I hope to run the Disneyland Half in August and Greenline Half in October. We shall see. There are a few other attractive options as well.
- Run At Least 1,000 Miles. This may be aggressive for the year, but I ran over 800 miles this year, which included an injury that sidelined me for a month and required a slow rehab to get to running again. The monthly total this goal will require is 83.33 miles. I was near or above this total in all months except February, March, April, and May, which coincides with my injury. Spreading out my half marathons will help with my mileage goal as well.
- Focus On Cross Training. I have TRX straps and get the Spartan Race WOD emailed to me so I do not have a real excuse for the lack of cross training that I am doing. Cross training will aid in my running and overall fitness, therefore it should be higher on my priority list. Also, with a Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, and Tough Mudder on my agenda, a focus on my fitness besides running is going to be paramount to my success. I am also thinking about doing CrossFit once the WDW Marathon has been completed. My uncle-in-law (is this a thing?) does CrossFit and he raves about the benefits. Of course, most people who do CrossFit talk about it non-stop (like us runners, I suppose) and it seems to be its own culture.
- Continue My Race a Month Schedule. I have loved running a race each month this year, and my current race streak is at 14 months, so continuing this streak will be added to my running goals. I will probably run less races in 2014 than 2013 since I will be focusing on more substantial races and not incurring the cost of the several smaller races. I will still run in a few 5K’s, but just not as many as in 2013. Also, I will do very few, if any virtual races in 2014 this year. They were a great motivator for me this year, but I do not need them anymore and the whole concept has jumped the shark a little bit. They help raise money for some great charities, but the market is now saturated and the impact has been diminished.
- Complete At Least One Pull Up. This will go with my focus on cross training, but I have never been able to complete a pull up. We would have to do pull ups in gym class and football when I was younger, but I could never get my chin over the bar. My peers would have a good time with the fat kid hanging on the bar, unable to even do one pull up, so for my personal pride, I want to complete at least one unassisted pull up by December 31, 2014. This is not exactly a running goal, but it is associated with my overall fitness, so I included it.
This is my current slate of running and fitness goals for 2014. I have scheduled several events already for 2014 and I am looking at multiple others as well. I am hoping for another successful year in 2014, building upon my knowledge and experiences from this past year.