Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way. And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start with the race that’s on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on May 4th (this Sunday.) Unlike the marathons that I ran for my 4 for 40 goal last year, and the Disney marathon I completed in January, I’m hoping to finish strong at this Sunday’s race – not just finish.
A PR would be great. And with the training I have been doing, it is certainly possible. But I am also well aware how quickly things can go wrong during a marathon. And I would need everything to be absolutely perfect if I want to hit a PR. So at this point I’m actually stressing about all of the other issues – weather, clothes, tummy issues, sleep, hydration, etc. – that could affect my race. If those all fall into place, I think my little legs can carry me to a PR. But if one of those factors goes haywire, well, I guess I’ll just hope for a fun day!
I have two more marathons (well actually three, but I’ll get to that…) lined up for 2014 but I won’t be shooting for time goals at either event. The first is the San Francisco Marathon in July. If you’ll remember from this post, I plan to meet my 11-year-old at the 13.1 mile mark and run with her to finish the marathon as she complete her first half-marathon. Awesomesauce! I’m also planning to run the NYC Marathon (you’ve no doubt seen my constant pleas for donations as I fundraise for Girls on the Run for this event.)
As for the rest of 2014, as many of you know, I have also been training since December to complete my first Half-Ironman race – the Eagleman in Cambridge, MD on June 8th. And while I was at it, I decided to go completely off the deep end and sign up for my first Ironman race in September. After all, I haven’t even completed the half yet so surely am qualified to decide that I am ready for a full, right?
Yeah, I’m well aware that it’s crazy, but I also know that some of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life have been the result of craziness. So I say, bring it on.
What do you have lined up for 2014?