14 in 2014

Happy New Year!  Around the world, today is historically the day that people resolve to commit to resolutions.  However, I am a huge believer in goals, not resolutions, and that you don’t need to commit to goals only on January 1st.  It was back in mid-March that I made it my goal to train for and run my first half marathon, which I cannot believe is only 10 short days away!

A couple of weeks ago I started thinking about my running goals for 2014.  It wasn’t until I added up my races while writing my 2013 in Review post that I realized that I completed 12 races last year.  Only one race shy of 13 in 2013 – darn!  Since my focus last year was on preparing to run my first half marathon, I never focused on the quantity of races that I ran.  However, I’m making it my primary running goal in 2014 to complete 14 races.

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Rest assured, I want to focus on choosing quality races and not just registering for a race for the sake of adding another completed race to my resume.  For this very reason, I will not revisit every single race that I ran in 2013, particularly the Biggest Loser race series.  However, I discovered over the past year that I really like running for the sake of racing and training for a race, not just for the sake of running itself.  I believe that registering for as many races as I did in 2013 helped me to stay focused on my training and always gave me something to strive for.

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I’m currently registered for four races, and have many others that I’m considering, including a number of shorter distance races that I participated in last year.  Not only will I complete my first half marathon next weekend, but I’m also registered for my second half marathon in March and my first ten miler in April.

My current 2014 race calendar includes:

January 10th – Disney World 10K
January 11th – Disney World Half Marathon
March 15th – Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon
April 6th – Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
April 26th – Jaguar 5K
July 4th – Firecracker 5K
September 6th – Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K
September 28th – Perfect 10 (I ran the 10K in 2013 but will consider the 10 Miler for 2014)
October 12th – Army Ten Miler
November 9th – Veteran’s Day 5K
(races in italics are possible races – I haven’t registered for them yet)

One of the races that I ran last year that I really would love to run again this year was the Dulles Day 5K on the Runway.  However, Potomac River Running, the local running store who put on the race last year, has yet to add this race to their 2014 calendar.  If they add it, I will definitely be adding this race to my own calendar.

My 2014 race calendar will be a work in progress throughout the year, especially since right now there are only 10 races on it and I need to complete 14 for this challenge.  As added motivation to help me keep on track, I’ve decided to join Jill Conyer’s 14 in 2014 Challenge.

I can’t wait to see where 2014 takes me, both in terms of my running and otherwise!  Of course, I’ll use my blog to track my progress in completing this goal.  I can’t wait to kick off 2014 with one of my biggest challenges thus far – running my first half marathon!

QOTD: What are your goals for 2014?

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20 Responses to 14 in 2014

  1. This is great! I did 13 in 13 and entered a number of races for the sake of races. I’m going to be more strategic about 14 in 14 and really enjoy running! Hopefully I’ll see you at one of these 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Happy New Year! I completely agree on quality vs. quantity and being a bit strategic choosing your races. When planning my 14 in 2014 list, I looked at what my training schedule would be for my November race and choose some races that would be good milestones.

    Best wishes on a wonderful 2014 and first half (I’ve ever run a Disney event, so I look forward to your recap in a few weeks >)

    • Your approach to planning your 2014 races was exactly how I approached 2013. Since I don’t have a major race (10 miles or longer) planned for after early April yet, I haven’t taken on that strategy (at least not yet) for 2014. Once I decide on my “big” fall race I’ll use that as my starting point for planning out the later part of the year.

  3. Wow, you sure got a lot of races on the books for 2014! I’m not sure yet what my goals are but I am registered for 6 races so far!

  4. Chelsea says:

    I am also doing 14 in 2014! I think it’s a great way to get myself running more than last year. I actually completed my first race today! Although it wasn’t a physical road race, it was a virtual 5k. I had to work today so I couldn’t be there for a 9am start. It was to benefit a hospice house (which is important to me since I work in nursing). I only ran 2 races last year, so I want to find quality ones, but I also won’t shy away from ones that serve just to get another race either. Good luck to you!

  5. szzllips says:

    My hubby and I ran the 9/11 Memorial Race in Arlington actually on 9/11 in 2010 and LOVED it! He was up at Quantico for training and a bunch his classmates and their wives ran it as well. Great fun! What energy and aside from too many strollers, I loved the course. It was pretty surreal running by the Pentagon. We hope to someday make it back up there again! ❤

  6. jillconyers says:

    You’re race calendar is an awesome selection!

    Your goal race is race is almost here! You’re going to rock the 13.1! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Thanks Jill! Most of my 2014 calendar is still a work in progress. My husband actually proposed two different half marathons today (one in May, one in November) so if we commit to either of them the calendar will definitely have to be adjusted.

      And only 6 days until my goal race! I can’t wait!

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