Running has taught me many lessons. Running has allowed me to experience numerous amazing moments. Running has also kept me dreaming big, as I’ve learned I can do whatever I set my mind to.
Therefore, I always have a running wish list in the back of my mind. Whether it’s clothes, goals or even technology – there is something new to work toward. It keeps me on my toes! (And yes, I realize this is a 2014 wish list and it’s March. Dopey clearly took over the first part of the year!)
A sub-2 hour half marathon. This is by far the main wish I have for 2014. I wanted this last year April as well, however my training was admittedly lackluster. A year later, I’m putting in the speed work and strength training to hopefully achieve this goal. To me, it’s a long time coming. I kept getting faster in 2012, but last year I focused more on distance. I’m excited to push my body however I want to finish in under 2 hours without too much pain!
Figure out the right nutrition/fueling plan. I’ve run over 30 races and still haven’t mastered my proper nutrition and fueling plans. I have had moments that worked, however as a whole – it hasn’t come together in terms of half marathon distances and longer. I’ve done some reading and research, however I know I still have some work to do. I’ll have a few opportunities this year to try it all out and I’m hoping it finally all comes together!
A new Garmin. I have been the happy owner of a Garmin Forerunner 405 for over 3 years. It has helped me through many training runs and PRs, guiding me along the way. However, lately it has been acting up – freezing, not always charging and the touch bezel driving me crazy. I’ve been doing a lot of research and the Garmin Forerunner 220 has been calling my name! It still gives me the same information the 405 does, along with some great extras like live tracking and the ability to use it on a treadmill. The pretty purple color doesn’t hurt either!
Shorts that won’t ride up. I have some bigger thighs. While I like to think of them as strong legs, they can cause some issues when it comes to shorts. Even with a slathering of Body Glide, the shorts tend to ride up on the inside of the thigh. (It happens with the shorts under my skirts too.) I’ve been on a mission to find a pair that fit my shape while allowing me to run freely. If you have any suggestions, let me know!
A little break from training. It occurred to me after the Dopey Challenge that I have been training for a specific race since summer of 2012. Between new PRs or distances, I have always been working toward a running goal. While I haven’t lost my love for running, I have found that I’m getting burned out. After the River Bank Run in May, the summer will not include training for a specific race. Of course I will keep running, however I won’t be following a plan. I’ll run when I want to, as far as I want to and at the pace I want to. I think this will be extremely refreshing!
I think that having dreams and wishes is what keeps us moving forward. I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store when it comes to my running journey!
What is on your wish list for this year?
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