Aug 24, 2012

Some Preliminary Thoughts for 2013..

A full race calendar makes me nervous! I am not nervous about running the races but I fear the big "I" word.  Should I even say it?  INJURY!

At the beginning of this year I sat out quite a few races and I was not happy about it.  I was mostly disappointed because I had earned one too many DNS's and I also lost a lot of money!!! I think the only race that had any sympathy for me was Surf City! They allowed me to roll the marathon over to February, 2013 and this is the race I will dedicating to my Dad.

I am only signed up for a few races for the remainder of the year and I am mainly running them to see where I currently stand so I know how much work I need. I have no plans to PR this year. It's just not in the cards for me. My plan is to head into 2013 strong and hope for a PR or two! Here is what I have on the agenda for 2013 (s0 far):

January 13th: 13.1 Los Angeles  

February 3rd: Surf City Marathon

February 17th:Pasadena Half Marathon

April 19th-Ragnar Relay

**May 12th: Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon (This is not a for sure thing yet but I really want to give this marathon a shot.)

My main focus in 2013 will be improving my marathon time. I will be shooting for a sub four marathon and then working my way towards a BQ.  I am not sure when the BQ will come but I am certainly not giving up yet!

In 2013, I really want to try some races that I have not ran before but I have a few favorites like Disneyland, which I will probably end up running again. I also want to start focusing on setting some race goals again. I cannot get myself to set any goals right now. My main focus since coming back from my injury has been to regain my endurance and build a strong mileage base. My pace is not all that great either so I need to get back into doing speed work and all of that fun stuff. Oh how I hate love speed work!

"Me and running don't always see eye to eye. Some days it hurts more than others. But it doesn't mean I don't do it. I deal with it and I keep running because not everything that is good for you, always feels good for you." -Lance Armstrong

With 2012 almost coming to an end, have you started thinking about your goals for 2013? Is your race schedule pretty full?


  1. I don't think you need to be worried about injury--you will be more careful than you were last year and have gotten wiser about taking care of yourself! It looks like a fun schedule.

    I haven't really thought about 2013 yet, though I probably should the way things are selling out....

  2. I like to sign up early to get the best prices. I agree with you that I am being extra careful but I guess the thought of it never escapes my mind.

  3. Hi Sandy! :)

    love your blog & I'm happy that we've connected. maybe we'll run into each other one day. :)

    I am considering a few race for 2013. I'd love to run R&R AZ in Jan. or IMS AZ in Feb. LA marathon in March, Ragnar in April. Ojai is one I'd love to run next year as well...we'll see! :)

    keep up the great training & can't wait to hear about how well you're going to do at your race next weekend!

  4. Thank you for stopping by Pam. I am so glad we connected as well. I love following your training and watching you accomplish amazing things! I also want to run a race in Arizona. IMS seems to be a good one that is really inexpensive. I really have my eye on Ojai but I want to be ready for it. I hope we meet up at one of the local races. I would love to meet you! Thank you for the well wishes for this Sunday. I am getting nervous already!!