1.11.2013

2013 Race Calendar

Last year I challenged myself to run 12 half marathons in 2012, thanks to Jill and her inspiration and enthusiasm. I had a great time planning the races, meeting new people, going new places and challenging myself to do something new and fun. I learned a lot about running and along the way, a lot about myself. For instance: Although going commando is fun, I still prefer to wear undies when I run. I learned that I am much faster than I thought I ever could be. I learned the difference between an easy conversational pace and an almost puking pace and everything in between. I ran more miles than I ever have before.

2012 miles run - 1,682 miles.
Highest mileage month - July,  205 miles.
Longest race - 50k
Fastest race - 5k, 21:49

So what does 2013 have in store?

1. I will once again be joining Jill for a running challenge. This year it's 13 in 2013, but instead of all half marathons, it will be a mix of any race length, both trail and road.



2. Jill is also hosting several  virtual races this year.



3. Laura is doing a race series called 5 By The 5th, where you run either a 5k or a 5 mile race (virtual or otherwise) before the 5th of each month from January to June. I already ran my January race and am looking forward to all the rest!



For me it's better to have something to look forward to or to strive for. So challenges like these are a great way to challenge myself to try harder, to run faster, and to beat my own time. I am also really enjoying running with Broski and seeing him improve. I have another friend who wants to run a half marathon and am excited about joining her on her journey as well.

And of course there is this:


I am currently in week 5 of training and despite a little hiccup last week (which is a story for another time) the training is going well! I also just bought my flight last night so it's getting more and more real each day!

How do you plan to stay on track, fitness-wise, in 2013? Do you have any races planned?

17 comments:

  1. Yay for Boston! SO much fun! And I like how you're setting up your year.

    I have a marathon March 16, then will probably switch gears to triathlon for the summer (I'm doing 2 sprints). Then in the fall, my first 50k!

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  2. Yay!!! I'm so excited your doing Boston!!! This year is hopefully going to be the one for my 26.2!!! You are going to love Boston!!!!

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  3. I can't believe Boston training is starting up already... so excited for you! And I'm so glad you can do the 5 by the 5th, too. What an incredible 2012 racing year you had!

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  4. Ooooh, I may be able to join in the 13 in 2013. Maybe.

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  5. Though I didn't forget that you qualified for Boston, I totally can't believe it's coming up in 3 months!!! Feels like it should be years away! I don't have any long-term fitness goals (even though losing weight is one of my goals and is definitely related to fitness!), but my short-term goals are to complete this couch to 5K program that I started a few weeks ago and complete this push-up challenge my husband and I started this week!

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  6. Boston! :) I am going to miss it this year, almost decided to register again but instead running a local marathon in mid May

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  7. BOSTON! That's going to be such an amazing experience/race/everything. I'm excited to read all about it. :)

    I don't have too many running-related goals this year, other than to exercise consistently and train for a 5K.

    You did amazing with your running in 2012 and I know you'll just get better and better in 2013. Great goals!

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  8. WOW! That is amazing! I am trying to get my body (and mind) ready for my first 5k. One day I will be posting about a marathon like you. Good luck sweetie!

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  9. Cool! 13 in 13 is going to keep you regularly busy. and boston will be boston. Have fun!

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  10. I'm also doing 13 in 2013 but it's 5Ks. The 5 by the 5th series is going to help. :-) Sounds like 2012 was a great year for you!

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  11. Yay for BOSTON!!! I'm so excited for you. So excited!!

    I hope the hiccup was a one time thing and that this week of training goes smoothly.

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  12. OMG almost 1700 miles! You're amazing! I'm so excited to follow your Boston journey. Like I said...amazing!

    I was amazed by how 12 in 2012 kept me so focused the entire year! 13 in 2013 will be the same :)

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  13. Very excited to read your account of Boston! It looks like a fantastic year for you, Kyria. I'm glad I get to follow along.

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  14. Yay for amazing miles in 2012 and training for Boston in 2013! I'm excited to follow your training and racing this year! I have a March half marathon and a May full on my schedule right now. I hope to get in a 5K and a 10K in the summer or early fall and another fall half.

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  15. 13 in 13 will be a great challenge for you! And I like that you have flexibility on the kind of races you can do to meet the challenge.

    So far I just have a 10 miler in March that I am running here in Minneapolis, and then the Chicago marathon in October. I am sure I will find 1-2 other races, though, but life is really up in the air right now so who knows what the year holds for me...

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  16. Boston is going to be such a great experience! I can't wait to hear all about that. Good luck in 2013! I'm sure it's going to be even better than 2012 with regards to running. You're such a strong, speedy runner!

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  17. Yay, I'm doing all those challenges too, except Boston of course:) Way to go Kyria, you really deserve it! I have a couple of races I have signed up for, even a mud run!

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