01-03-2014

2014 Races & Fitness Goals

So I really have not given any thought to my 2014 race calendar yet, though I know a lot of people who have!

I have a few races I am interested in, so I figured I’d write them down so I can look back on them. Plus, I’m really chasing a 5K PR this spring/summer (25:43)!

March – Are You Faster Than A Ridge Runner 5K. My parents and I have ran this race for the past 2 years, so I’m sure we will be running it again!

April – Miles For Matheny 5K. This is another race my mom and I have done since 2010. It’s for a great cause-it benefits a school and hospital (The Matheny School) in my town for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This is actually where I got my 5K PR in 2012…so maybe this is the year I beat it on the same course!

At least I got 2nd in my age group last year!

May – (SLIGHT POSSIBILITY) Long Branch Half Marathon. I’m not 100% sure yet if I want to do a half marathon in the spring. I have liked taking a break from scheduled long distance running, and I like having a set lifting regimen again. So we’ll see in a month or two if I want to commit to a half. But it’s 45 minutes away from my house, and it was my first half marathon, so I’d be interested in running it again!

July - Asuncion Runners Half Marathon in Paraguay. This would be really cool if it pans out! My family is traveling to Paraguay this summer, and potentially Rio De Janeiro if we get tickets through the World Cup Lottery. This race is July 13, and we leave Paraguay on July 16, so I am thinking this race will work…and it will be my first international race!

This is in San Bernardino, Paraguay (Where the race will be). It’s a huge lake and summer vacation/resort area.

Fall-ish – I do want to do a half marathon, and hopefully PR. Not sure where or when it will be, but I’m open to suggestions! :)

Other Fitness Goals

Besides some running PRs, there are other fitness related goals I am hoping to accomplish. Here are a few:

  • As I mentioned in my 2014 goals post, I want to be able to do 3-5 unassisted pullups!
  • PERHAPS I will try a mini (I’m talking mini) triathlon this summer. There is one in NJ that is like, swim 500 meters, bike 5-6 miles, run 5K. Totally doable for me :)
  • Gain more muscle and get leaner through lifting heavy and cleaning up my diet.
  • Squat in triple digits…currently at 70 lbs :-P
  • Get stronger at bench press…this is my ultimate weakness.
  • Post a workout video once a week on my YouTube Channel, please subscribe!

OH, and I’ll also be running a bunch of NYRR races in NYC in order to qualify for the 2015 NYC Marathon!!! Anyone else??

What are your running and fitness goals?

Do you have a PR you really want to break?

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12-13-2013

2013 – My Year Of Running

I found this great link-up on Miss Zippy’s blog and wanted to take part. 2013 was a great year for me in terms of running. I conquered some fears and mental roadblocks, and worked hard for a marathon PR. Hopefully there is more to come in 2014! Here are my answers to her running survey. If you fill it out, head over to her blog to participate in the link up!

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  • Best race experience? I mean…I think you know what I’m going to say. NYC MARATHON!! I didn’t run many races in 2013, not even a half marathon in my build up to NYC, because Hanson’s Marathon Method didn’t really recommend it. My training was 100% for NYC. I wanted that PR. And I got it! It was also a great experience to run 26.2 miles with my mom, and cross the finish line together.

  • Best run? Hm…I’d have to say running on a trail that my mom and I just discovered this summer. We did short runs and long runs there. It’s paved and scenic…can’t wait to run there again this spring!
  • Best new piece of gear?  My Garmin! Finally invested in one. I used to use a Nike GPS watch but the screen went black. Then we used RunKeeper for the longest time but I wanted an actual watch for the marathon. It’s pretty on point in terms of distance, and is certainly handy!
  • Best piece of running advice you received?

*In reference to my worrying that missing days due to injury would affect my marathon. Everyone should remember this when they freak out about missing a few days!

  • Most inspirational runner? Gosh there are so many awesome running bloggers I follow…I’m going to pick 2. Lindsey from Out For A Run, and Theodora from Losing Weight In The City. Lindsey is just a beast at running. She crushes it in training and I wish I had her work ethic when it comes to running! I hope to be as fast as her one day…but that is long ways away ;) Theodora was one of the first bloggers I followed when I first started blogging. She has an amazing story as well, and has really gotten faster since she began her journey. I also hope to be as fast as her one day! Both of these ladies inspire me to get out the door and work my butt off for my goals.
  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Hard work pays off. I went into marathon training with the goal of not only a PR, but finishing the race feeling good. I had the best race I could that day. I attest that to doing the most training I have ever done since starting to run. I ran the most monthly miles and the most miles in a year since 2010!!

2013 was truly a great year for running. I pushed myself and conquered my fear of running 6 days a week, and accomplished my goals. I can’t wait to try the Hansons Marathon Method again!

How was 2013 for you in terms of running and fitness?

What goals do you have for 2014?

Let me know if you fill this out for yourself! I’ll be doing a fitness related one in the next week or so.

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07-08-2013

Motivational Monday!

A new week, yet again. Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend! Now time to get back to work ;)

Here’s a quote I found today that I love:

This resonated with me and marathon training. One day, I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It will take me a while to get to that point…but it is still a goal of mine. I have plenty of time to train and hit that goal one day! *crossing fingers*

What is a goal you have that you know may take a while to accomplish, but you work for it anyway?

 

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