14 Races in 2014

H1-2014I saw several new year resolution follow ups on Facebook this week for 2013, some of which were talking about goals last year of running 13 races in 2013.  Some people met their goal, others didn’t.  I thought about making some sort of commitment like that for 2014 and was thinking at first that I would commit to finishing 14 half marathons in 2014.  Then I was thinking about my first full marathon planned at the San Diego Rock n Roll, and thought it might be better to commit to 14 races finished in 2014, either full or half marathon.  So, there it is – I’m committing to it here, and I already did on Facebook.

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So my tentative plan to meet my goal is as follows:

March 8, 2014: Half Marathon – Lake Sammamish Half, Redmond to Issaquah, WA
March 15, 2014: Half Marathon – St. Paddy’s Day Run, Tacoma, WA
May 18, 2014: Half Marathon – Portland Rock n Roll
June 1, 2014: *First Full Marathon* – San Diego Rock n Roll
June 21, 2014: Half Marathon – Seattle Rock n Roll
July 13, 2014: Half Marathon – See Jane Run, Seattle, WA
July 20, 2014: Half Marathon – Chicago Rock n Roll
August 2, 2014: Half Marathon – Tacoma Narrows Half
August 23, 2014: Half Marathon – Lululemon SeaWheeze, Vancouver, BC
September 14, 2014: Half Marathon – You Go Girl, Tacoma, WA
October 12, 2014: Half or Full Marathon – Long Beach, CA
October 26, 2014: Half Marathon – Vancouver, BC Rock n Roll
November 16, 2014: Half or Full Marathon – Las Vegas Rock n Roll
November 30, 2014: Half or Full Marathon – Amica Seattle

I have the 2014 Rock n Roll Tour Pass that I won, which is awesome, but the travel expenses are still a factor.  I will do more of those races if I can make affordable travel arrangements, but at this point I’m not sure.  Chicago is on my wish list for July 2014, which would also be a wonderful trip with my daughter, Brianna, to the Art Institute – I sincerely hope I can do that!

I will post revisions on my schedule as they come up, but so far this seems doable.  There are other local races I can sign up for this summer/fall if I can’t travel or a race sells out.  I really wanted to do the OC Half Marathon in early May, I just don’t know if I can make it to SoCal twice in 30 days, and I really want to do the San Diego Rock n Roll, if I have to make a choice.

The commitment to a challenging physical training schedule will be great preparation for qualifying for Boston in 2016 with my brother and sister-in-law, and for Everest in 2017! I should be able to narrow down what I need to work on to finish a marathon in 3:55 after all these races in 2014.  How cool would it be if I am able to improve to that level by this time next year?  WAY COOL!

Stay tuned …