Sometimes it takes me a full day to comprehend how I want to tackle a new year. I had already had some things in mind to consider for my New Years resolutions, and had already started talking about them in various forms, but I wanted to put it out there to the world to hold me accountable. So here goes nothing:
I will be running 13 races in 2013 because 13 is my lucky number, making 2013 my lucky number year. I have already signed up for the following races:
January- Charleston Half Marathon
February- Virginia is for Lovers 14k
March- Shamrock Half Marathon
April- Chesapeake Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon
May- Color Me Rad 5k
September- Virginia Beach Rock N Roll Half Marathon
October- Wicked 10k
November- I haven’t signed up yet, but am debating over OBX marathon, Richmond Marathon, and a few other smaller races.
December- Surf N Santa 10 miler
So you can see that this leaves room for 5 additional races throughout the year. I just have this incredible feeling that it’s going to be a great year! I can’t believe how much faster I have become since my training for my ultra marathon. I am excited to introduce speedwork back into my schedule to see how much faster I can become!
With this in mind, I come to the next item on my bucket list, which has now become a focus for this year: the Boston Marathon. This is like climbing Mt. Everest for any runner. It’s the best of the best. It’s the race everyone wants to run. It’s notorious for the stories about Kathrine Switzer (who went to my alma mater for 2 years- Lynchburg College!), who was the first woman to run the race, for Heartbreak Hill, for being a difficult course, and for being a culmination of hard work, sweat, and sometimes even heartbreak. This year, my friend Rebecca, and I will be working our asses off to become fast enough to qualify for Boston. I have to. It’s no longer so out of reach that I can’t dream about it. I am no longer running a close to 3 hour half marathon. If I hadn’t been running on trails for my ultra, I would have easily been in the 4 hour and some change range for the marathon distance this past December. It’s not unrealistic. It’s going to take a lot of endurance, speedwork, hills, strength and resistance training, and I’m sure a lot of sweat, blood, and tears. (Please don’t let there be any serious road rash or injuries!) But it’s my goal. It’s on my bucket list.
I WANT BOSTON.
I WANT BOSTON.
The goal is Boston in 2014.
After a fan-freaking-tastic 13 in ’13.
So there it is. There are my goals for the entire world to read. Hold me to it. Hold Rebecca and I accountable. Don’t let us slack off. Don’t let us hold back. Push us to do what we thought we could never do. We’re already running in the 8’s for the minute to mile ratio. Who’s to say we can’t run faster for longer? No one. We are going to do this. 13 in ’13 will lead to Boston in 2014. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Oh, and by the way, with these faster minutes to mile ratio… a sub 2 hour half marathon is going to happen this YEAR! Live. Love. Run. Passionately! ❤