"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Thursday, 30 January 2014

So what's with my running for 2014?

I haven't ended a year with my running in a bad state as at the end of 2013 in many, many years. This means I haven't started a year with my running in a bad state as at the beginning of 2014 in many, many years.

2013 was not a great running year for me. 2014 will be much better. It is starting slow but will pick up and end on a high. That I know. I am keeping the goals for 2014 simple and achievable.

I will probably miss out on my one goal at the end of March but will see how February goes and take it from there.

The first half of the year will then have only one major goal. The Cradle Mayhem stage race on 16, 17 & 18 May. This is a 3 stage trail race in the Magaliesberg and I am building up towards that. The total distance is 65km with the first stage a 10km night stage. Nothing enormous but I want to be in good shape for this.

The second half of the year have a few more challenges including an 18 hour circuit race in October that I might be gunning for.

As you can see I am not putting out a list with goals as I usually do. I will use this year to return to the form by the end of the year that I can have a proper list up for next year again.

In the mean time training is going well and the mileage is picking up. I am currently getting back into my routine of running 6 days per week and doing upper body exercises 4 times per week. All is well and I just need to keep it all going.

Happy training everyone!


Kovas Palubinskas said...

One of these year I'll try a stage race - that night time 10K sounds cool!

Robin said...

Sounds like a good plan. Can't wait to read all about your race adventures!

Kate Geisen said...

I'd love to do a stage race (more on bike than on foot, but either way really). Those sound so cool! Here's hoping 2014 is a fantastic year for all of us!

Char said...

You don't have to have it all down on paper at the beginning of the year. And it's just as well because I'm rarely that organised. It can be an evolution that takes form as you see how your training progresses. It's good to hear that things are going well so far.

ajh said...

You are a smart runner! Stay healthy.

Lauren said...

Funny how we both had bad running years in 2013. I too don't have a race list this year, except for one in October. All roads will lead to that. Good luck on your mayhem race. That sounds like a blast. I hope 2014 is a strong year for you!

Jill said...

I'm not solidifying my year until I feel stronger physically and mentally....just think I need a year to relax and enjoy the beauty surrounding me in the races, then next year we'll see. It takes time to rebuild after a crappy year (you know I've been there!!), but you have a great attitude and I know 2014 will be a strong year for you.

Let's do it!!

Giorgio said...

Great plan! I will be following your race reports!

Michael said...

Sounds like a great plan for the year. The stage race sounds like a lot of fun. There is something like that in Tampa, Fl in Feb that I would really like to do some year. I think 2014 will turn out to be a good year for you. No more bad luck!