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Running Goals 2013

Posted Jan 22 2013 8:45pm

Goal #1: PR the Half Marathon

As you can tell from my Facebook statuses and DailyMile logs, I've started training for yet another long distance event.

On April 7th, 2013, I'm scheduled to toe the line of the San Francisco Half Marathon. I'm excited for this race for so many reasons. First off, it's a Rock 'n' Roll event, which means cool bands along the course and delicious goodies at the end of the race. I've only done one Rock 'n' Roll half marathon before - the USA Half Marathon in D.C. - which knocked my socks off. So I'm hoping San Francisco does not disappoint. The course also goes over the Golden Gate Bridge. After years of envisioning myself running over the Verrazano, and not having that happen, I'm so so excited to run over the Golden Gate. Incline? Who cares! I get to run over a pretty bridge with awesome views (please remind me I said this when I start training for the NYC Marathon - oh yea, that's happening this year also).

Photo Credit: Wil Matthews via rocknroll.competitor.com

My goal for the San Francisco Half? 2:14:59.

From what I can tell, the course will probably be a little bitch with lots of hills. But I'm hoping that with training, speedwork, and some strength training, I can make my goal.

Goal #2: Go Sub-5 in the Marathon

Now, this one will definitely be a bitch for me. As you may remember, it took me something like an hour and a half to do the last 10K of the Richmond Marathon .

And I very well may have to try to obtain this goal on one of the hardest marathon courses - the NYC Marathon. Unless Sandy's twin sister decides to tear the city apart again. Hopefully not. Fingers crossed.

I've actually been toying with the idea of doing the Chicago Marathon, trying to PR there, and just enjoying the NYC marathon. I know that sounds crazy. But when you've spent the last 3 years of your life qualifying and training for a specific marathon, the idea of rushing through the course doesn't sound appealing. Unless you're running Boston, that is. Then I understand - you have no idea how to go slow. Remember, I spent 2011 qualifying for the NYC marathon, 2012 training for it, and will be training for it again in 2013 for attempt #2. That's a long freaking time. So I want to savor every second of that goddamn course.

Another bridge. Different race.
Photo via

So moral of the story is that I'm not sure if 2013 will be a one or two marathon year, but I'm going to try my darndest to make it to the finish line of at least one marathon in 4:59:59 or better. God help me.

Goal #3: Do Core Work/Strength Training At Least Once A Week

I've always known that core work is absolutely necessary to prevent injury, have good running form, and to produce faster running times. But I've always been way too lazy to try to incorporate it into my training.

But a couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to do a free bootcamp class through my favorite running store, JackRabbit. The class was offered by Pace for Success . And it completely kicked my ass. I didn't realize how out of shape I was until I was running up those 5 flights of stairs for the 3rd time, in between doing lunges and kettlebells. It hurt so good. I left the studio with my muscles quivering so bad it was hard to run back to Union Square.

After reading a bunch of Yelp reviews from runners saying how they were able to shave minutes off their marathon and half marathon times by going to these classes, I was game. I bought a Groupon for a month of unlimited classes, and have been doing core work at least once a week for the last 3 weeks.

I'm hoping this newfound enthusiasm doesn't wane by the time marathon training starts.

So those are my 3 running goals for 2013. Short and sweet. Let's hope I don't kill myself in the process. 
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