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Happy New Year! I hope your 2014 has started off with a ton of fun already!

In a previous post, I told you how terrible we are at planning races in advance. We will literally sign up for races only a couple days in advance. Well this year I set a few running goals for myself and a few of them will force me to be better at planning ahead on things like my race calendar. Keep reading to check out my goals and first attempt at a race list for 2014.



Goal # 1

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Nevada here we come!
Run a race in a State we haven't raced in before.

This was my goal last year as well and we ran the Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas to make that happen. This year we are venturing out a little farther away from home and signed up for a one-time-only half marathon in Las Vegas! We plan to run the Mustang 50th Anniversary Half Marathon in April 2014. 

Goal # 2

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2013 Medal Count: 9
Earn more medals in 2014 than 2013.

I'm surprised that I came away with so many medals for 2013. We ended up with 9 which means we'll have to complete at least 10 races that provide medals this year if we want to accomplish this goal. Challenge Accepted! 

This is going to take some planning, which we aren't normally the best at, but we've already started putting our race calendar together and I'll post it below. 

Goal # 3

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Goal # 3B - I need to wear this shirt!
Complete a Marathon in under 5 Hours for a new Marathon PR.

My current marathon PR is 5:16. I know, nothing to brag about. And sadly that was my very first marathon as well. Also during training for that race I developed a tough case of Plantar Fasciitus (that still flares up every now and again) but we went ahead and completed 3 more marathons in as many months. Not smart, by the way. This year I have one shot at reaching this goal. We've already signed up for our one and only Full marathon, the Route 66 Marathon, so it's all or nothing on this one!

This time will hopefully be much different because I have my nutrition plan a little more figured out, I respect the distance more than I did the first time, I know that I can't wear stability shoes because I need a neutral shoe, and I have an awesome chiropractor that will help keep my feet and legs nice and healthy for those long runs! 

2014 Race Calendar...so far

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Polar Bear Plunge
Tulsa, OK
January 1, 2014
2 Miles, 3 Pools, 1 Medal

(Race Recap Coming Soon!)

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Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long
Tulsa, OK
January 25, 2014
10K
Medal - Yes

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Sweetheart Run
Tulsa, OK 
February 15, 2014
5K + 10K = Double
Medal -  No

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Aquarium Run
Tulsa, OK
April 5, 2014
Half Marathon
Medal - Yes



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Mustang 50th Half Marathon
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 19, 2014
Half Marathon
Medal - Yes!

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Tulsa Run
Tulsa, OK
October 2014
15K
Medal - Yes

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Jenks Half Marathon
Jenks, OK
November 2014
Half Marathon
Medal - Yes

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Route 66 5K
Tulsa, OK
November 2014
3.1 Miles
Medal - Yes

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Route 66 Marathon
Tulsa, OK
November 2014
26.5 Miles
Medal - Yes 
Coin - Yes 

So far we have 9 races scheduled but only 8 that will allow us to earn a medal. In order to reach my goal of 10 medals in 2014, we will have to find and pick up at least 2 more races with medals. This should be a fun challenge and help us run a few we haven't ran before. Game on!

What are your running goals for 2014? What races are on your race list?

 


Comments

Brandi
01/02/2014 7:08pm

Run the Praire Fire in Wichita KS. If you do it May and October you get a back to back medal.

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01/02/2014 9:33pm

Good idea! The Hubbo and I are looking at it right now! Have you done it before, or are you planning to do it this year?

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01/02/2014 9:25pm

Wow, you look pretty "race planning organized" to me!! Looks like you'll be having a lot of fun in 2014!

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01/02/2014 9:33pm

Thanks! Now if I could just win the lottery, I could plan and organize a lot more races! lol

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