Bring on the bling! I’m shooting for 12 race medals in 2014. Ideally, ten half marathons and two full marathons. So far I have January through April set, plus a few races on my wish list for autumn:
- Ready for Summer Virtual Half Marathon in January
- Loco Running’s Half at the Hamptons in February
- Rather than run a race in March (training will be pretty intense), I’ll run the Great Bay Half on April 6th instead. That’s the weekend after my longest training run, and the start of my taper (that period of time three weeks before the marathon in which you start to back off on the miles to avoid injury and allow your body to fully recover from all the hard miles you’ve been putting in).
- The 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21st
- In the fall, one of these marathons: New York, Chicago, or Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.).
Run faster! I’m shooting for a new half marathon PR (personal record). 1:59:52 or less! Oh, and a sub 4:00:00 marathon would be awesome… but definitely NOT the focus for 2014.
$pend less. I hope to buy less gear. I know I’ll run my way through at least one more pair of shoes… probably two. But enough stuff already!
Get Fit. Specifically, in these ways:
- Avoid injury. I need to really pay attention to my body. I need to differentiate between pain and injury. I know I will need to experience pain as part of my training, but how much is too much? Need to stay focused here.
- Add strength training to the regimen. I have a decent home gym. I don’t know why I don’t lift weights. I need to fix this…
- Drop ten more pounds. I’m short. I don’t need this much weight. Even with added muscle mass from the prior resolution, I can lose at least ten pounds. My knees will thank me for it!
- Stretch – more effectively and more often! I’m not getting any younger, and I know I need to spend more time stretching.
- Train smarter. I think I’m in good position to achieve this objective through April; my coaches at Team In Training gave me a great training plan. After that, I’m going to have to self-manage. Especially important considering my next resolution:
Help Cure Blood Cancer. $6,500 is my official fundraising goal for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I aim to surpass it! Click here if you’d like to help!