Friday, December 27, 2013

Last Year, Next Year + A 2014 Race Schedule!

Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Can you believe we'll be counting down to 2014 in just a few days?

With another year gone by, it's the perfect time to reflect a bit on this past year of running - and move forward by setting new goals for the New Year.

Here were my goals in 2013:
  • Log more miles
  • Run with a friend or group 4x/month
  • Strength train 2x/week
  • Run a new PR in the 5k, half marathon and marathon distances
  • Eat well to fuel training
  • Run a Boston Marathon qualifying time

I knew going in that these were ambitious goals and I'm okay with not being able to cross off everything on my list. It was a rough year with all the injuries and time off! 

But even with the setbacks, there were still a lot of great things that happened in 2013. It's always best to focus on the positive - such as, I've now been running for three years! I'm still a bit of a newbie, but with every year that passes I can tell I'm learning and becoming a better runner. Every experience is a lesson learned. 

With Mom after the Lake Country 5k - one of my favorite races in 2013

Starting with a clean slate in 2014, here are my goals for the upcoming year:
  • Log more miles
  • Run a new PR in the 5k and 10k distances
  • Run a Boston Marathon qualifying time

This year's list is much shorter than last year's, but fewer goals means being able to focus more on each one. Logging more miles is a goal I'll have every year, but especially this upcoming year. Last year, I didn't come close to running as many miles as I wanted so I'm extra set on running the type of mileage needed to achieve my other two goals. 

Lake Park - a favorite spot to log miles!

 The first half of 2014 is going to be dedicated to training for shorter speed events - the 5k and 10k. I've only run one 10k (45:53!) so I'm excited to see what I can do in that event this spring. And the 5k is my favorite distance so I can't wait for some fast races - hopefully at least one that results in a new PR!

After my goal spring races, I'll move into marathon training. I have to shave at least 8:XX off my current marathon time to run a BQ time. I think it's entirely possible - as long as I can stay healthy this year and get in more consistent training. 

After this year's Lakefront Marathon - Getting closer to a BQ time!

As for races, here's what I tentatively have on my schedule for this upcoming year: 

  • Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay
  • GLM Expo Race 5k
  • The Big Chill 5k
  • Luck of the Irish 5k
  • Door County 5k
  • Madison Twilight 10k
  • Rock n Sole 5k
  • Firecracker Four
  • Race for the Bacon 5k
  • Strider Half Marathon
  • Lake Country 5k
  • Lakefront Marathon

Although not a race, the other thing I'm mega excited for in 2014 is the Oiselle Team Camp in August. Five days of running and running-related activities with running friends? Awesome :) 

My questions for you:
  1. What are your goals for 2014 - running or otherwise?
  2. What races are you planning to do in 2014?
  3. What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?

I can already tell that 2014 is going to be a great year :)

- ST


  1. I just signed up today for the luck of the irish 10K! my goals are pretty lofty but I think that's necessary for growth. good luck with your endeavors and know that we can always get together to run!

    1. I will most definitely have to join you on the trails this spring - I've been wanting to try them out and you seem like you'd be a great guide! :)

  2. Wowie, look at that race roster! :) You're going to (continue to) kick ass in 2014.
    My goals for next year include a couple more 50ks, maybe a new distance race thrown in for good measure, and more cycling. Overall more discipline in my training and everyday life. Also, updating my blog more regularly :)

    1. Can't wait to read more on your blog this next year and also hope to spectate at least one of those 50ks! :)

  3. I'm looking forward to meeting you at team camp!! I'm really, really looking forward to that!

    I honestly am not setting any running goals yet for 2014, until I see how my race goes in February. Depending on how I feel after that will depend on what goals I can set. I do want to start trail running - so I guess thats one goal I have for next year!

    I'll be cheering for you to hit your goal times in the next year! I'm sure you can do it!

    1. I also want to try out trail running this upcoming year - hopefully once things get a bit warmer and the ice melts away!

      And I am excited to meet you, too! Camp is going to be awesome!!

  4. Very impressive race schedule and great goals! I don't have any races for the upcoming year scheduled yet since I'm dealing with an injury, but one of my goals is to PR in the half marathon :)

    1. I hope you recover quickly and I'm sure you can PR - you are crazy fast! :)