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Planning 2014 running already.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Believe it or not I just sat down and worked out my 2014 run calendar. Yes I said Twenty Fourteen.

As many know, I am working toward a few running goals. One is to run a sub-2:00 half marathon. And that goal seems to get more elusive with each race. I ran a 2:06:38 in May 2012 and since then my times have been getting steadily slower. So for now I just relax about it.

The other two goals are fairly long term, but considering my age, maybe not so much. I want to run a half marathon or more in each of the 50 states (plus DC) and 100 half marathon races anywhere. The difference here being that in the 50 states challenge, marathons and 20-milers count. In the 100 overall anywhere only half marathons count. It seems odd that running farther doesn't count but those are the rules.

By the end of October, my season is and my overall count will be 21+/50+ and 33/100. If we are counting continents I am now 2/7. (The + means Plus DC)

And that brings me to my planning for 2014.
Only one of these has even been paid for yet, but this is what I found

2014 expect 11 New States and 15 Overall
West Virginia (Jan)* New State
Florida (Full) (Jan)*
South Carolina (Feb)*
Texas (Feb) (where Dr Dani lives)
Alabama (Mar)*
Kentucky (Apr)*
Tennessee (Apr)*
Arkansas (Apr)*
Mississippi (Apr)*
Louisiana (Apr)*
New Jersey (Apr)*
Maryland (May, May, Oct)(3 HM)
Alaska (Jun)*
New York (Oct) (repeat NY because I want this bling)

By the end of the 2014 season I should have 32+/50+ and 48/100 overall.

Or more.

Since I have children living in California and Colorado, as well as Texas, I expect I will do repeats in those states as well. Right now there are plans for an Alaska cruise in early July. I will have a weekend between the Anchorage race and the contemplated cruise. I may try to run something in the Northwest, knock off a new state.

I sure am glad I find this kind of thing fun.

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