the line in the sand

We all love goals when it comes to running. Some are simple and others seem to be nearly impossible … until it is done. Then we start to think, is that enough? I got there, I ran the time I wanted, a distance I have never ran before, running a number of consecutive days, or I qualified for a race I was hoping for (for many it is to earn a BQ).

Essentially every goal that we set for ourselves is a line in the sand, it is always changing, and we individually are the only ones who set it and can change it when needed. As 2013 starts to wind down, I like to take a look at the goals I set for myself for this year and start to think of what are the goals or the lines in the sand that I am hoping to cross in 2014.

In January of 2013, I announced my 3 goals in my post entitled My 2013. With 8 days left in 2013, I have completed 2 of the 3 goals I set for myself, the 3rd cannot be completed until December 31st.

The first goal I set out for myself, was to PR in the marathon distance. In fact this PR, happened 3 times in 2013. The first time I set a new PR, was at the Asics LA Marathon in March, where I ran a time of 3:11:54, prior to crossing this finish line, my previous personal best time was a 3:32:08. However, this personal best would only stick around until June when I ran The San Francisco Marathon at a time of 3:09:27. Prior to this time at The San Francisco Marathon, my personal best on the course was a 3:53:26. Then nearly 6 months later, I put up a new personal best in the 26.2-mile distance at the California International Marathon with a time of 3:09:25! The final marathon of 2013 and a new age group for the Boston Marathon 2015, gave me a Boston Qualifier!

The second goal that I set for myself, was to complete 5 marathons in a single year. Prior to 2013, the most marathons I have ran in a single year was 2! It would involve some pretty heavy running, training, and a little bit of luck to avoid injury. Well in 2013, I didn’t only run 5 marathons, I ran 6 of them and also ran my first ultra / endurance event. In 2013, I ran the Asics LA Marathon (March), Big Sur International Marathon (April), The SF Marathon (June), Ventura Marathon (September), the Santa Barbara International Veterans Marathon (November), and the California International Marathon (December).

With 8 days remaining in 2013, I am out to get my 3rd of 3 goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. The third goal is to run every single day in 2013. Though my own personal streak started on December 10, 2012, I want to run every single day in 2013.

2013 was a pretty good year to me. Here is a list of 2013 highlights:

  • set a new personal best in the 5k (18:55)
  • set a new personal best in the 10k (38:41)
  • ran my 2nd & 3rd best times in the 13.1-mi distance (1:27:xx, 1:28:xx)
  • ran my best and second best in the 10-mi distance (65:xx,  66:00)
  • completed a 100-mile training week
  • paced friends at American River 50-mile run and Western States 100-mile run
  • ran Hood to Coast Relays
  • crossed a marathon finish line holding my son’s hand
  • ran my first endurance event (6 hr run completing 39.75 miles, finishing 5th overall)

As I start to wrap up 2013, and look at 2014 my line in the sand starts to change. Some of those lines that I am drawing in the sand include, 14 (marathons) in ’14 and record a personal best in the marathon, and enjoy each and every run. A couple other goals I am keeping to myself :).

What are your goals for 2014? Have you started to think of a couple of them? What keeps you motivated to reach your goals?

2 thoughts on “the line in the sand

  1. WOW!! 2013 has been an amazing year for you!! Well done!! … Can't wait to see what you achieve in 2014!!


  2. Thank you. 2013 has really been pretty awesome.


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