1. Run a new race. I’m a creature of habit. I tend to run the same few races, year after year, because I know them and love them. But guess what? It’s good to try new things. Plus, I’ll be at a wedding during my regularly-scheduled Flying Pig, so I need to find another spring race. Since I’ll be running in unfamiliar territory and taking in the sights and sounds, I’m not shooting for the moon. But I would like to run it faster than my last half marathon to kick the racing season off right.
2. Beat the Bix. I had this as a goal for 2013, but a nasty ankle sprain got in the way. So, here we go again. Bix, I’m coming for ya. And I’d like to do it in less than 70 minutes.
3. Set a Cincy PR. This looks a lot loftier than it actually is, since I’ve only run the Cincy Half Marathon once. But I liked it! And I’d like to do it again this fall. Only this time, even faster.
2. Get 10 minutes closer to Boston. There, I said it. Boston. It’s been on my mind for a long while now. I have a lot of ground to cover to reach that magical marathon qualifying mark, so I’m launching a two-year plan to BQ. If I can knock off 10 minutes in 2014 and 10 minutes in 2015, I can qualify with 5 minutes to spare (which will be crucial in actually signing up for the race in their new tiered registration process). Training starts now, Angels.
3. Run a timed mile. The combination of my nostalgic mile run post and our mile-a-day holiday running streak has got me itching to run a timed mile. Like, balls-out-want-to-die during-and-throw-up-afterward timed mile. I’ve located a high school track that looks worthy of my efforts, so it’s gonna happen. Mark my words.
1. Run an actual race! This year I am going to run at least one race. Maybe I’ll run 10, but I am not even acknowledging summer unless I have a spring race under my belt. Right now I’m planning on the D.C. Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon, with my sister-friends from college. It’s in March, so I’m wary of the timing and my nagging sciatica, but I am hopeful. And determined. And that’s an awesome combination.
2. Lose the last 10 pounds of baby fat. Seriously. In January, Max turns 2. I am still 10 pounds over my normal weight. Maybe my “normal weight” is too ambitious for my aging metabolism, so I’d honestly be happy with shedding only 5 pounds. And an ab muscle would be a huge bonus.
3. Start a Thanksgiving Tradition. This year, I want my family to run the Turkey Trot together. I want us to run it together every year, starting in 2014. And when my big kids move on to start their families, they’ll come back to my house for dinner, having run a 10K, glowing with endorphins and gratitude.