Ok, so are you ready for a break from Dopey related posts yet??!
I didn’t write any sort of “2014 Goals” post around the New Year because I just felt like my focus was on completing the Dopey Challenge at the time and I didn’t want to look past that to the rest of the year quite yet. So, now that Dopey’s over I’ve had some time to start thinking about my running plan and goals for 2014.
Speedwork – I prefer to make “speedwork” the goal rather than “PR” since it’s the speedwork that will actually get me there. I had started to do some speedwork when I had access to a gym and a treadmill for a few months and I really enjoyed it. I’m really not good about doing speedwork outside so I’m considering joining an inexpensive gym just for access to a treadmill again.
Ultimately my goal here is to PR both my half marathon (1:59:05) and marathon (4:35:00) times.
5k & 10k – this may sound silly, but I have yet to run a “real” 5k or 10k for time! The only 5 & 10k’s I have done are at Disney and the 5k’s are generally un-timed “fun runs” and for both 10k’s I’ve been in costume (so not exactly running for time). I’d like to at some point do a non-Disney 5k & 10k just to see where I am on time.
Races I’m Registered For
I like every race I register for to have a reason rather than doing races “just because”. Races will typically fall into 2 categories – “PR Attempt” or “To-Do List”.
So far for 2014 I’m registered for 3 races:
NYC 13.1 (March 22nd) – PR Attempt
This is a half marathon in Queens that I’ve done the past 2 years (2012 & 2013). To be honest it’s not a great race or a great course but it’s local and I PR’d it both times I’ve run it in the past so I’m hoping I can keep up the streak and have myself a new half marathon PR this spring!
Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (April 6th) – To Do List
I’ve heard great things about this race so I entered the lottery this year on a whim and got in! I loved running in DC during the Marine Corps Marathon so I’m really looking forward to this race, especially because I’ll be running it with two of my running partners in crime Patrick & Daniel (both pictured above!).
Dumbo Double Dare (August 30th & 31st) – To Do List
So this isn’t technically a race “to do” since I did the Dumbo Double Dare last year, but more of an experience to do since Jason is going to be doing this race with me!
Yes, Jason is registered for his first half marathon and I am SO excited!
After joining me for the Disneyland 10k last year he immediately said he wanted to do a half and since Disneyland is the only runDisney event he can make with his schedule we’re off to California again!
Races I’m Considering
I’m looking for a spring full marathon for a PR attempt. Right now I’m considering the New Jersey Marathon on April 27th, the course is supposed to be pretty flat and the average temperature on race day is 54 degrees – sounds good to me! (Has anyone done this race before or heard anything about it??)
New York City Marathon (November 2nd) – Bucket List Race
My official “guaranteed entry” for the New York City Marathon isn’t until next year, but I am really considering joining a charity team and fundraising to do it in 2014 since I have so many friends that are running it this year!
Wine & Dine Half Marathon (November 9th)
So this one doesn’t fall into either of the “PR Attempt” or “To-Do List” categories, but I definitely have a soft spot for this race since it’s where it all began for me. Back in 2011 this was the first race I ever did and I’ve done it every year since so I’ll definitely consider it for 2014 again!