After putting it off for a few weeks, I think I’m finally ready to commit to a set of goals for 2014.   Oddly I think that these goals kind of took shape while I was out in Steamboat Springs last week falling on my butt repeatedly while attempting snowboarding for the first time.  Perhaps in struggle there comes clarity?

Anyway, here they are!  My running goals (and other fitness) for 2014:

1. Break 1:40 in a half marathon.    My current PR is a 1:44 so I’ve got four minutes to knock off, but I think I can do it.  I’m planning to follow a plan that is in the spirit of Hansons but includes more cross-training.  Goal race is the Steamboat Springs half marathon in June 2014.   I was looking at the times from last year, and if I went this time there is also a chance I could place top 3 in my age group, which would be pretty cool!

2. Run 14 races in 2014, as a part of the ’14 in 2014′ challenge.    I signed up to participate in this challenge hosted by Jill Conyers at Fitness Health & Happiness and Jen at Marathon Mom.   The idea is to complete 14 registered virtual or real life races during the calendar year, while having the support of a community of others who are also doing so.   Read more about the challenge here.

14 in 2014

3. Start strength training and make it a regular part of my routine.   I had a lot of success in my marathon last year following a program of literally JUST running, but honestly it probably wasn’t the healthiest thing for me.  This year I want to really commit to a strength training plan.  My husband gave me some personal training sessions with a crossfit trainer as a Christmas gift so I plan to start there.

4. Swim at least once a week.   I love to swim, and I think it helps keep some of my back issues under control.  It’s a great balance to running so I’m going to commit to making it a regular part of my routine.

I didn’t include qualifying for Boston as a goal, but it’s still a possibility I may try that with a fall marathon.  I just haven’t decided at this point.  I’ll make that decision within the next few months, obviously, as I’d need to start training early in the summer.   The good news is I should be in great running shape coming out of my June half marathon, so it may be a great time to do it.

I also decided not to carry over some of my goals from last year.   For example, I had a goal around training for a 50 miler.  I’d still like to do this someday, but I’m really feeling pulled towards some of these ‘hit a certain time’ goals right now.  Coming off of training on Hansons and seeing what I was able to do with that I’m excited to see if I can continue to improve my times in the half and full marathon.  There’s still a possibility I’ll do an ultra distance event this year in the form of a relay where I cover an ultra distance over multiple legs, but that’s probably it.

What’s are your 2014 running goals?


12 Responses to 2014 Running (and other fitness) Goals

  1. Julian says:

    complete 2 marathons. I don’t have a time goal, but it would be cool if I could break 3:45 (3:49 is current PR). I just signed up for the Champaign marathon in late April so that will be an interesting training challenge during winter.

    • Gina says:

      Hey Julian! That’s a great goal. I had a goal last year of breaking 3:45 as well and just barely did it (3:44:27). I’m sure you’ll have no problem dropping 4 minutes off your time. I have heard the Champaign marathon is a great one. Best of luck with your training!

  2. Crystal says:

    Hi…I just started following. Interesting that you picked goals for 2014 to post about as I was discussing with a friend last night! So far mine are:
    1. Three marathons…already did one in Jackson MS, have one scheduled for April (Raleigh NC) and am vacillating on which one to pick for this fall. Possibly Fl in late November. I am just starting to work on 50 states (Raleigh will be state #9!!)
    2. 4 Open water swim competitions. I have these mostly picked out already, one in June, two in August and 1 in September.
    3. I finally broke 1500 miles running in 2013 and I’d like to make 1750 this year. I’m going to try a modified Hanson’s for my Fall marathon. I’d like to qualify for Boston again (but not go, I already have MA!), but if it doesn’t happen I can live with it.

    • Gina says:

      Hi Crystal – thanks for reading! Wow, I am impressed by your goals :) Three marathons in one year is awesome. I’m curious what open water swim competitions you are doing. I did one open water swim last year and loved it. I wish we had more here in the St. Louis area, because swimming is one of my favorite sports. Unfortunately, most open water swims here are part of a triathlon. I did one of those two summers ago but am just not in love with the cycling aspect yet.

      I should probably add a goal of tracking my mileage this year, as I honestly do not know how many miles I did in 2013!

      • Crystal says:

        Hi Gina: For open water swims I am planning on doing CIOWS (central Illinois Open Water Swim) that is June 28th in Central Il (Hudson)…which is not far from beautiful St Louis! Next up after that is Pointe to La Pointe. Swim from Bayfield WI to Madeline Island across the channel in Lake Superior. This will be my 4th year and it is an AMAZING venue. Uber fun…first Saturday in August. A wee bit chilly, wetsuits mandatory. Then MOWS which is the Madison Open Water Swim. Around the 18th of August. Here in MAdison WI on lovely Lake Monona. Then I am debating on Big Shoulders in Chicago versus one in Minnesota for the weekend after LAbor Day. Probably the one in MN as I am heading to Canada for 3 weeks anyway and it is sort of on the way. Big Shoulders is a very popular event, sells out early so you have to pull the trigger soon. Google can find any of them for you (Google knows everything). If you come to Madison, I’d be more than happy to show you around :)

        • Gina says:

          Wow, thanks for the detail about these events! I am definitely going to be Googling some of these races this week. That June 28th race might be perfect. I will let you know if I end up signing up for any of them!

  3. I usually set a few half marathon goals at this time of year, but at 20 weeks pregnant, my only goal right now is to continue running 3-milers twice a week for as long as my pregnancy allows. And then, I’m hoping to get back at it in time for some fall/winter races. We’ll see…

    • Gina says:

      That sounds like a great goal, Tara! I think it’s awesome that you’re trying to stay fit during your pregnancy. I have a few friends who said they ran up to a certain point and then did swimming.

  4. Amy says:

    Yay for your awesome goals! Just to warn you (though I am sure you already know, as you seem like someone who does her research) the Steamboat half is TOUGH. I ran the full a few years ago and it was rolling hills the entire way (despite the net elevation loss) and included a major hill about 3-4 miles before the end. BUT the course is beautiful and wonderful and totally worth it. Let me know if you have any specific questions :)
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    • Gina says:

      Yea, I am realizing that may not be the best PR race, esp. since I also have the altitude factor working against me, living in St. Louis! I definitely am going to send you questions one I study the course a bit more. I love Steamboat and am definitely excited to just run a race in such an amazing town!

  5. I have serious half pace envy! I’m determined to run a sub-2:00 half! Great goals. I especially like 14 in 2014. What a great idea ;)
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