Ladies and gentlemen, We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming

I have loved every minute of The holidays. From thanksgiving through Christmas- I indulged. I laughed. I cried a lot . But I have to admit, I love, quite intensely that they are over.
SIGHS of relief can be breathed all around. The stockings are put away with care, for there are no hopes of St Nick being there (til next year!). The tree is all snug in its bed (the box?!). The mantle is clear, and oh what joy it is to be done with your cards!! 😏

It’s time to refocus and move forward. And I’m so happy to get back to my day to day activities, like training, running and blogging!
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That being said-I have to admit– I’m not Crazy about the phrase “New Years Resolutions”.
To “resolve”means:

reΒ·solve
riˈzÀlv,-ˈzôlv/
settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter).
“the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days”
synonyms: settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, fix, straighten out, deal with, put right, put to rights, rectify;
cause (a symptom or condition) to disperse, subside, or heal.

I don’t plan to find “solutions” to my issues. There isn’t anything to “straighten out”.

That is why I set GOALS.

What is a GOAL, you ask??

goal gōl/
noun: goal; plural noun: goals
1.(in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score.
an instance of sending the ball into or over the goal, esp. as a unit of scoring in a game.
a cage or basket used as a goal in other sports.
2. the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

Sooo besides “scoring” A goal: the rest completely apply.
I think you get my picture: I set goals for myself so that I can achieve them. I love that.
Achieving a pre-determined goal means a lot to me. It means that I have worked toward it. Aimed big. And most importantly:
I didn’t give up.

So for 2014, I have a couple of goals in mind. The first is 14-fold (does that phrase even apply??)

With the new year coming at us faster than a speeding bullet, I’ve made a list of all the runs I want to do in 2014. My goal is to run 14 in 2014. This list has some “Extras” on it. It’s really hard to tell right now what my life will look like in, let’s say-July, so I picked a few more to toss in there. In case there is something awesome planned by someone in my family or friends on a certain day, I can easily swap a race out. Plus, one of my best gals in getting married next year- so I’m sure one of her special events will mean I will need to rearrange a race.

I plan on only registering a few months ahead at a time for each race. So for example, I have registered for my races through April. Wait, that’s a lie, I still have to register for April 6th πŸ˜„ But you get the point..

So without further ado…here is my list of races! πŸ‘πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ‘

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List of 2014 races and dates:
-Sunday Feb 23 Hyannis full marathon
-Sunday March eastern states 20 miler
-Sunday April 6 great bay half marathon
-Monday April 21-Boston marathon
-Sunday May 4 Wallis Sands Half Marathon
-Saturday May 11-big lake half marathon
-Sunday June 8th (night race) heartbreak hill festival RW
-Sunday June 29- bands on the run half
-Saturday July 12 united Heath half
-Sunday August 3: triple threat half marathon
-Sunday August 24 blueberry cove half marathon
-Sunday September 7 Applecrest Half Marathon
-Saturday September 20, Wicked Half Marathon
-Saturday October 4th- Newfound lake half marathon
-Sunday October 19-Baystate Marathon
– Saturday November 1 Katie Lynch Marathon
-Sunday November 23- Wolf Hollow Half Marathon

I can’t wait to just GET GOING with my races… I feel the itch. by the time first one rolls around in February, it will be four months, almost to the day, since I will have raced. I’m ready. If you are running any of these races let me know! I like friends and it would be fun to meet up pre race!

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(can’t wait to have a happy post race smile like this!)

I also have a second goal in mind…I plan to break my 3:47 pr for a marathon. I’m going to pre qualify for Boston- and I’m going to do it in 2014. It’s a promise. I’m really focusing on my tempo runs and I know these will keep me running at my goal marathon pace. #inittowinit.
It’s going to be a great year πŸ™‚

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What are your 2014 goals? Any running goals?

Run Free, Run Strong!

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10 thoughts on “Ladies and gentlemen, We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming

  1. That’s a great list of races! I’d say you have a great plan in place and I like the idea of back-ups. I agree with Bree – I’ve joined that 14 in 2014 group as well. I feel like if I can run 15 races in my first year of running this year, 14 should hopefully not be an issue if I can get back on track from my stupid IT band and then remain injury-free.

    • After I saw that link, I joined too!! Woo hoo, glad we are in it together!!:)
      It band injuries are AWFUL… I hope you have a speedy recovery! Btw–that is quite impressive that this is your first year of running and are setting that goal, I love it!:)

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