2014: Looking ahead

As noted in my looking back post, 2013 running season was my first ever running season and saw me run far more than I ever did in any previous year, make far less excuses — procrastination and/or otherwise — to not run than ever before, and get into a slightly better eating and sleeping routines.

Continuing this new hobby through out winter and into 2014 season will be the main goal. To make Joe Montana slightly more proud of me, I would love to complete at least one of the half marathons under 2 hours, and stay below that mark for subsequent ones. Lowering the impact on my joints while running is an added goal and thanks be to members of team /var/run (Nancy, Josh and Amy) for aiding in this regard with very timely reading material. And as hard as it is to convince myself, I will brainwash my mind to believe that I will be participating in these events not for bling but for overall individual improvement as a runner/athlete.

To that effect, following are the events that I have signed up (or will be signing up as soon as the registration opens) and training for in 2014:

## Date/Time Event Distance
01 15 Feb 2014 @ 06:00 pm Book Across The Bay (XC Skiing) 10k
02 03 May 2014 @ 09:00 am Door County Half Marathon 13.1 mi
03 10 May 2014 @ 09:15 am Journey’s Half Marathon 13.1 mi
04 TBD Breakers to Bay 5 mi
05 19 Jul 2014 @ 07:00 am Hancock Canal Run 13.1 mi
06 26 Jul 2014 @ 08:00 am Grand Island Half Marathon 13.1 mi
07 20 Sep 2014 @ 08:30 am Porcupine Mountains Trail Half Marathon 13.1 mi
08 TBD RunningChunk.com 5k
09 09 Nov 2013 @ 08:15 am Madison Half Marathon 13.1 mi

Thanks be to another dear friend, Robert Larson, for taking time to not only analyze and explain the heart rate spectrum from just about every one of 2013 races but also design a plan to help me improve my performance down the road.