This is the question I find I’m asking myself as I begin 2014 and I’m planning what it will bring for me and running. 2013 saw me make vast improvements in my running game and saw me take on challenges I wasn’t sure I was able to overcome. Here are a few of the milestones I hit last year:
Set my fastest half marathon time
Beat my fastest half marathon time… twice.
Ran over one hundred miles in a month… twice. I ran 125 in November and 116 in December.
Ran in my first half marathon race (setting my current personal record)
Began training for a marathon
Ran the farthest I ever have in one run – 20 miles.
Ended the year with over 750 miles ran
In January (next Sunday actually) I will run my first marathon.

Where do I go from here? Where else is there? Run 1000 miles in 2014. This is the golden egg I have been chasing for eight years. To run 1000 miles in a year. I came very close in 2013, less than 200 away from it.

How will I get there? What is my strategy? Run. A lot. Just kidding! Well, that is my strategy, but I have it more defined than just running a lot. The race is next Sunday. Step one, run the race and finish it. Step 2, take a slow week or 12 days to recover… take it easy until the end of January. Step 3, begin anew the marathon training schedule on February 1st and complete the cycle two times through the month of September. Step 4, finish out the year.

So as not to leave anything to chance, how many miles is that exactly. I wasn’t sure, so I did a little math. The 16 week marathon training schedule calls for 586 miles. If I complete that twice, it’ll be 1172 miles for 32 weeks of running. Those numbers don’t account for any running I do in January or anything in October through December.

Feels ambitious to me. Very ambitious.

One of the things I have learned as I have run on this training schedule for the last two and a half months – I have paid almost no attention to the end result of month, because I was so focused on each run of the week. I got to the end of November and December and was like, ‘I ran how far this month? Are you kidding me?’ I was focused enough on the short term, I didn’t see the long term.

This could be the way for me to push past the magical 1000 miles I desperately crave. I now know I am actually capable of running more Thani could have imagined in any given month. Capable by more than an additional 50% more. Crazy talk!

What this says to me is my goals for 2014 are very audacious. But very achievable if I stay focused and keep my eye on the prize.

Go big or go home.

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