I guess it’s time I put it down on paper. My BHAG, my big hairy audacious goal for 2014. I
hinted at it spilled it in my post the other day (not sure what got into me!), but I still wasn’t sure if I was really going to do it.
Backing up a little. As I wrote in my review of my 2013 fitness and running goals, I was pretty pleased with my accomplishments. I really wanted to get back into more serious training, and I did so. I brought my half marathon time down to 2:00, a post-50-year-old PR. I also took a couple minutes off my recent 5k times, just by virtue of my half marathon training.
So, in keeping with all that, I present my…
2014 Running Goals
- I plan to continue training to get faster. I called it getting back into fighting shape in my 2013 post, so I’d say I would like to fine-tune my fighting shape. I will do this by…
- Racing more frequently. Last year I ran three half marathons and two 5ks. I want to race more this year. I plan to train for these races, so I will pick them carefully, especially the half marathons. Already on the agenda are the Palm Springs Half Marathon in February (though I’m already a little behind on the training) and the La Jolla Half Marathon in April. America’s Finest City Half Marathon, a race I love but haven’t done for years, may just be in the plan too. These will all fit in with…
- My BHAG. I’m going to run a marathon in 2014. Ahem, [clears throat]. I’m going to run a marathon in 2014. There, I said it. I’m going to run a marathon in 2014. And in keeping with my tips for achieving goals, I already have the beginnings of a plan:
- The time of year is important when you live in the desert. While a fall marathon sounds great, it means lots of long runs in the heat of the summer here in the desert. Not good. I also don’t want to put it off until winter. Cross country season makes it difficult to plan my own running, and, frankly, I want to get started right away
so I don’t chicken out. That leaves late spring or early summer.
- I live in Southern California, so I’d like to keep my goal race in the general area, within a two or three hour drive (sorry San Francisco, I would have loved you). So that leaves…
- Rock and Roll San Diego! It’s on June 1, so the timing is perfect. I actually ran the inaugural event back in 1998, and eventually finished it five more times. I also had to drop out two times, the only two times I have ever DNFed a marathon (due to asthma issues), so I’m a little nervous. I have a few weeks to make my decision, when the price goes up on January 31. It’s already $135, which, to this 90’s runner (who complained when the LA Marathon went up to $60) sounds like an arm and a leg. (I’m on the hunt for discounts if anyone knows anyone who knows anyone. Pavement Runner? I know you’ll be there!)
- For the next two months I will be building my base. It has been really difficult for me to get even 25 miles a week with my work schedule and other commitments (um, like blogging), so my challenge will be to find ways to get in more mileage. I usually run four days a week, with two of those runs coming before work on weekdays. Not only will I need to get out the door quicker for those weekday runs, I think I need to add one afternoon run a week.
- In March I will start training for the marathon. Though at this point, as much as I hate to say it, my goal is to finish, I will include speed work in my plan. Long intervals and tempo runs. I’m not even sure what time to aim for. In 1999 I ran my second fastest time ever at Rock and Roll SD (3:23, yes I can still brag about something that was almost 14 years ago), but I’ve also had really tough times there, when my asthma was so bad I had to stop at the first aid tent and eventually dropped out. So I’m thinking in the 4:15 range. Always an optimist.
- Finally, as exciting as all of this is, it got even better when I told Alan about it and he decided to join me! We trained together for years, then when his focus shifted more to triathlon, we didn’t get to run together as often. Now, as we build our mileage, start our official training, and return to speed work, we’ll be doing it as a team. Nothing better than having a partner on those 20 milers.
So there you have it. My running goals. My 36th marathon, coming soon.
And not just because I need to have something to fail at, I will strive to fit yoga back into my life. I know that I need yoga, both for strength and sanity. In fact, thanks to Christine’s post, I now know of 10 challenges I can join. Whatever works, right?
Okay, now I’m going to hit “Publish” and this will be real. What’s your BHAG for the year?