Running Goals 2014

The holiday season is in full swing, and I’ve been so busy this week! For those of you who don’t know, I’m a bartender. And what do people like to do over the holidays? Shop, eat and drink. A lot. So after muddling a gazillion mojitos this week, I finally have a day off to 1. write 2. Go Christmas shopping!

So first…writing. I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2014. Most of them revolve around running (naturally) so I decided to write down my list of running resolutions/goals for the upcoming year.


#1. Run a half marathon in under 2 hours

#2. Run 2 full marathons

#3. Run a 5K, 10K and 15K.

#4. Break 4 hours and 52 minutes in the full marathon. #5. Which means not stopping at the 22 mile marker and whining for 15 minutes.

#6. Run my first trail race

#7. Run a 5K with my mom

#8. Focus on cross-training, strengthening and conditioning (Pilates, yoga, hiking, swimming, whatev)

#9. Start wearing a hat when I run, especially on sunny days.

#10. Fuel and hydrate properly on long runs

#11. Get to the starting line of every race early. I’m the Queen of Fashionably Late-which is cool at a party I guess, but stressful on race day

#12. Travel somewhere new to run a race aka “destination racing” or runcation 🙂

#13. Stay injury-free

I’ll probably come up with more as the year progresses, but for now these are at the top of my list. I’ve got the Hot Chocolate 15K January 12th so I will be able to cross a 15K off my list very soon. My goal numero uno though is to break 2 hours in the half marathon. I’m running the P.F. Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on January 19th so there is a chance I can knock this one out right away too. We shall see!

Now, it’s time for some Christmas shopping! I should also mention I am the Queen of Last Minute Christmas presents.

What is everyone’s biggest running goal for 2014?

Happy Shopping!



31 thoughts on “Running Goals 2014

  1. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of plans already! My main goal is to continue to have lots of fun while running. I’ve been running for 10 years now and I want to keep the passion alive for as long as I can. I want to try new things and run in new places. That’s been the biggest eye-opener for me this year: to simply break out of my routine here and there and do something wildly different. I have signed up for some races in 2014 already, but have no time goals (yet). I am, however, planning on getting sersious about speedwork!

    • Yes, I do have a lot of plans! I’ve kept them general for the most part though-and I have a whole year to work on them 🙂 I think you have a great goal, and one that should be on everyone’s list. Sometimes we get too competitive with ourselves when in comes to running, and we forget to enjoy the fun! What’s the first race you have signed up for next year?


      • The first proper race I want to tackle (apart from little club races I sometimes join to replace speedwork) is the Inverness Half Marathon in March. My Half Marathon PB is 1:39, I’m hoping to work my way down to that again over the year and then many try beating it in an autumn race – but only if I don’t get too carried away with this pursuit. Chasing a PB and continuously not making it can be so demoralising, and this is where my first point comes in loud and clear: I run because I want to have fun!

      • Wow, 1:39 is amazing! I can’t imagine being able to run that fast 😉 Exactly, if all you are ever focused on is the number at the finish line, you really miss out!

  2. I love how you have your 2014 year of running mapped out!

    My ultimate goal is to do the 50km at the Valley here in Nova Scotia Canada for 2014. I will also be running the Boston Marathon for time #2 this year and am totally psyched!

    Happy Running,
    Heather 🙂

    • Thanks! I can’t wait to start crossing some of these off my list 🙂

      Wow, a 50K is impressive! And good luck with the Boston Marathon, I would love to qualify one day…I’m no where near yet but it would be a dream!

    • I can’t believe it either!

      I’m really looking forward to RNR Arizona, I grew up in Phoenix! My legs won’t be ready for 26.2 by January, but I’m looking to run a spring marathon 🙂 Good luck in Arizona and training the Ironman in Whistler!

  3. These are great! As you know, one of my main goals is to run a sub-two hour half marathon also. The other is to run my first full marathon. And staying injury free is right up there as well! It’s a good idea to list them out like this.

    • Thanks! I know breaking 2 hours is achievable for both of us! For me, it’s just a matter of pushing through that little mental wall I get when I start to get tired. I ran my first full last year and it was the biggest challenge of my life! But it feels sooo amazing when you cross that finish line 🙂

  4. Great goals! I like #5 lol! My goal is to be a better distance runner. I’ve decided to sign up for more 10ks and I have 1 half already on the calendar. I also want to be a Brazen Streaker, which means doing all the Brazen races next year, which would be 24 races!

  5. GIRL! You are super-ambitious. You make me feel super lazy about my goals. 😉

    My goal is to finally have one damn marathon without some kind of utter disaster attached to it. If I can manage that, I should finally get my BQ. I also have a goal around nutrition–I’ve kind of already started, but I’m planning to really take it on once the holidays are over & I feel like I’m back to normal life.

    Happy holidays!!

    • Haha goals are easier to write than achieve, so let’s hope I can accomplish them 🙂

      I hope you qualify in 2014! It’s amazing how even the smallest set back can throw a race off, especially if you are running for a specific time.

      Hope you have a great holiday!

  6. Awesome! Sounds like you’ve got some big goals! As for me, I haven’t looked past my Dopey Challenge that takes place in a couple weeks. After that, I’ll figure out what to do next!

  7. Good for you! Having the objectives and goals clear helps a lot. One of my goals is running the Endurance challenge in Costa Rica this coming May, already registered at least in the hotel. 🙂 my other big goal is running the SF half marathon and the Endurance challenge in SF as well.
    In January 26 with the Trail Runners, my running team will race the Santa Ana volcano, 11 and 21 kms. Wish you the best!

    • Having set goals keeps me motivated to continue training! Sounds like you have quite a busy year ahead too. I will be at the SF marathon as well! I can’t decided if I want to run the first half (I’ve run it twice now) the second half or maybe the full. It’s a challenging course, but always a great race. Good luck with your training!

  8. Awesome goals, Jamie! Running goals is a tricky thing for me. On one hand, I like challenging myself but on the other hand if I don’t meet my goal I feel like a failure and I’m trying to avoid setting myself up for that. I have five big races in mind for 2014 (4 half marathons and 1 marathon) but I decided to set my goal for just 2 half marathons. I figure it’s one more half than I ran in 2013 so it’s progress, right? The marathon is going to be my reach goal – if it happens, awesome! If not, I’ll try again next year. I’d like to get under 2:15 for a half this year.

    I’m so looking forward to reading about all of your running this year!

    • Thanks! I’m the same way about setting myself up for failure, which I why I never (until recently) really focus on a goal finish time during a race. I think with running especially (because you can injure yourself if you push too much, hard too, too soon) taking small steps is the smartest way to train anyway. 2 half marathons next year sounds like a great goal! After running a full last year, I’ve learned that building a strong base is key. So if your body is ready, great. If not, keep training and it will be eventually. Better to run strong and proud for 26.2 miles than hobble to the end (like me!) 🙂

      Thank you for reading! Happy training!


  9. I love traveling for my races!! I like the term ‘runcation’ 🙂 I have never been anywhere further than 2 hours away from home, so the weather is similar to what I’ve been training in. However, I think it would be fun to try out completely new places!

    • I have never run a race away from home yet either, but I really want to! My first “destination” race will be in Arizona in January, but I grew up there so it’s not really that exotic haha

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