Hello there!

2014 is right around the corner and today is the first day back to structured training for me! As I mentioned, I had a glorious off season filled with lots of relaxation, fun exercise, and WINE! After talking to Coach Kim last week though, I’m excited to start training again, especially now that I’m part of Team Rev3 and have lots of fun races and goals lined up for next year! So without further ado….here is the race plan for 2014!

Spring Thaw 10 miler- Feb 22

Just a Short Run 13.1- March

Burgh 5k + 10k- April 27

Pittsburgh Marathon– May 4 —- my first standalone marathon!

Rev 3 Williamsburg Oly– June 15

Rev 3 West Virginia Oly– August 3

Rev 3 Cedar Point 70.3 – September 7

Columbus Half Marathon– October 19

So that’s the tentative plan! I definitely will be at some other Rev3 events volunteering and cheering for my teammates. I’m thinking Poconos and Quassy!

What races are you thinking about doing next year? If you’ve never done a Rev3 race I highly recommend that you try one! Rev3 is offering an all access pass again this year! For $1200 you can race as many Rev3 races as you want, and even better…you can share the pass with a friend! It’s an amazing deal!

As for my goals for next year…..I have a few!

1) Figure out my stomach issues. For the past 5 months or so I’ve been having terrible stomach issues: bloating, loud noises, pain, and other unpleasant problems. I’ve seen multiple doctors, gotten tons of blood work and other tests and samples that I’m blocking from my memory, colonoscopy, etc….and nobody can figure out the issue. Next up, I’m going to try an elimination diet in January…cutting out all possible inflammatory foods for a month and then slowly adding them back.

2) Read 1 book a month. Good for the brain and better than watching TV before bed

3) Pack my breakfast, lunch, and coffee for work 4 days/week. Healthier and cheaper!

4) Not slack on foam rolling and core work. Gotta stay injury free next year!

5) Finally, finally break the 2:00 half marathon barrier. I keep hovering around the 2:04-2:05 range and I know a sub-2 is possible. I’m aiming for Columbus…flat, fast, and cool weather=perfect

6) Break 6:30 for Cedar Point 70.3

7) Do 5 pull ups in a row

8) Spend more time with friends and family. Since I’m not doing a Full this year I want to make sure I have a good work/training/life balance

9)  Travel more! Should be easy with all my races plus a trip to Europe with the family. Also I desperately want to go to Napa Valley at some point and drink a lot of wine. Any takers?

10) Have fun! Don’t take training or life too seriously

What are your goals for next year?