Looking Ahead to 2014

It’s the time of year where many look back over the last 365 days as we chuck the old calendar and hang up a new one.

2013 was such a wretched year in terms of running that I’ve decided not to dwell on the negatives at all. Instead, I’ll leave all that crap behind and focus on the highlights of the year and look forward to a great 2014.

Races

I ran a half marathon in May, just five-and-a-half weeks after major elbow surgery. It wasn’t a great race for me, but I finished it in under two hours – decent all things considered.

IMG_4893-225x300In November I ran the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon. Like the half marathon in May, this was all about proving to myself that I was stronger than I thought. I didn’t really start training until September and despite the lack of mileage, I finished the 42.2km in 4:13. Moving around for the next few days wasn’t easy.

That was it for racing in 2013. My lightest season since I started running in 2008 and representative of the struggles with injury, recovery from elbow surgery and a general lack of running mojo I experienced throughout the year.

Trails

In BC, I finally got to run with Jon Suk, who I first met in the lead up to the 2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon. He was running the social media for the race and we conversed a fair amount leading up to that race.

IMG_3928-300x300When I came out to Vancouver to run the race on my 40th birthday, he invited me out to a pre-race dinner with a few of his running buddies from Vancouver Island.

Our trip to Shawnigan Lake was a chance to get together with those people for a BBQ and a run out to the Kinsol Trestle. That trip in August inspired me to explore trail running. I found some great paths at Rouge Park in Pickering and was fortunate to share the mileage with some great running friends. There will be more of this type of running in 2014.

2014 Goals and Plans

I’ve already added a race to my schedule for 2014 – the Around the Bay Road Race on March 30, 2014. I’m thinking about a spring marathon as well, but I haven’t figured out which one just yet. I’ve run Toronto, Ottawa, Whitby and Vancouver in the spring, but there’s always the Mississauga Marathon, I suppose. The other option is to try to convince Ginny to let me head west again in 2014.

I had also looked at the Ragnar Relay as an ultra (as part of a six person team), but unfortunately the even has been cancelled in 2014. Running the Niagara Ultra 50km for the third time is an option. We’ll see.

In the fall, Ginny and I both hope to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. That would be her first 42.2km race, and my first major.

Mileage

My yearly mileage record is 2,012km which I did (unsurprisingly) in 2012. In 2013 I didn’t even break 1,000km. I’d like to at least hit the 2,014km mark in 2014, and with any luck maybe 2,500km or more is possible.

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