Wow! I can’t believe we’re three weeks into January and I haven’t made a 2014 post yet!
I typically cut way back on running through December and January, so it’s kind of a quiet rest time. I set a modest goal of 50 miles for this month, just to give me a little bit of motivation. I’m at 32 miles and it has been tough to get even that many, given our blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures.
So far this year I’ve registered for two shorter races: the Cherry Tree 10-Mile, which I run every February, and the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. I haven’t run the Brooklyn Half since 2011 and I haven’t run a half marathon since the Staten Island Half later that year. I’m sure it will be fun, but I haven’t yet decided how hard to train for it.
I also have my eye on the Broadway Ultra Society 6-Hour Run on March 30. I’m 99.9% positive I’m running that. I really really loved the 6-hour race I ran back in September and I’ve been looking forward to another one.
And finally, I haven’t been able to hone in on a good long race for 2014. Last year I was so focused, with a 50-mile goal to reach, but when I failed at that attempt I kind of lost my mojo. Now I’m a woman without a plan. I can’t decide if I should try to find another 50-mile race and go back into hard training or use this year to rest and stick with 50ks and timed races. (There are plenty of both in the immediate area.)