2014 Running Goals

As previously stated in this post, I will be taking a break from marathons and ultras this year. I will be re-evaluating my feelings on this mid-year, but I know at least January through June I won't be racing 26.2 miles or longer. This is for my own mental sanity, and I'm already reaping the benefits of not feeling pressured to run 15-30 miles every weekend.

In lieu of racing long and slow, I've decided to race short and fast this year. I've found that I do miss the thrill of a crushing a PR (personal record) and I would like to set a few new ones in 2014. Here are my six running goals for 2014:

1) Run short & fast trail races

To date, most of the trail races I've run have been long and slow, except for the Tyler Trail 10k, which I will be running again this April. I'm excited to hit the trails in 2014 for some shorter, speedier races.

2) Run my first (timed) 5k

I incorrectly stated in a previous post that I'd never run a 5k. I realized recently, that is, in fact, untrue. I've actually run 2 5k "fun runs", a fundraiser 5k in college, and the Color Run in 2012. Since these races were both for fun and untimed, I will consider the Hangover 5k on January 1 my first "real" 5k.

3) Set 10k PR's (sub 53:00 road, sub 55:06 trail)

My current road 10k PR is from the first real race I ran, the Jan Peek 10k. This was a tough, hilly race, which makes me think I can beat it easily this year with some speedwork. The trail 10k might be harder to beat since I ran my heart out at that race, and was in peak shape for a 50k. Regardless, I will set out to beat both PR's in 2014.

At my first road race, the Jan Peek 10k

4) Set a 10 Mile PR (sub 1:25:49)

I was feeling less confident about reaching this goal until last night, when I ran 10 miles in 1:28:49. As long as I can keep up my current fitness and speed up a bit, I think I can achieve a PR at the Broad Street Run in May.


5) Set a 13.1 PR (sub 1:50:38)

This is the goal I am most nervous about. I know I CAN run sub 1:50 but the last time I ran this fast for 13.1 miles was in 2010, over three years ago. Today, December 30, marks day 1 of my 12 week training for the Love Run half marathon, which will take place on March 30, 2013.


6) Strength train 2x per week

This is a goal I set nearly every year, but this year I am going to hold myself accountable. While I would love to say this goal is purely driven by athletic goals, it is definitely partially driven by a vain desire for my arms to look buff in my wedding dress this September. Of course, getting stronger will help me run faster so it's a win-win situation.

So there's an idea of what 2014 will bring and the goals I hope to achieve. Of course, I will post updates along the way as I attempt to get back into faster running and racing.

Happy New Year!

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11 thoughts on “2014 Running Goals

    1. Danielle @ Trails & Cocktails

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      Thanks, Alex! It's interesting to see how our goals change over time.... last year was all about long, slow miles for me, and this year will be totally different. Good luck in 2014!

    1. Danielle @ Trails & Cocktails

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      I hear ya. I feel like there is a lot of pressure out there to go from one marathon to the next every season, but eventually that becomes exhausting. Good luck to you in 2014!

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