Dec 10, 2013

13 in 2013 gone 17 in 2013

This year I set so many running goals and one of them was to run 13 races of various distances in 2013. It was definitely a gamble but I am happy to say that I reached my goal and my final number of races for the year is 17.

Marathons: 2
Half Marathons:8
10K's: 2
Relays: 2

It was not a year of multiple PR's since my focus was simply the marathon and I am so grateful to have improved my time by 16 minutes. I never take that marathon for granted because it is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! 
What I did learn this year as a runner is that it is not always about me or getting a new PR. My most memorable races this year were actually ran with other runners and not alone. Supporting my friend Caroline during the OC Half Marathon was such a great experience. The lady inspires me to keep pushing when times get tough. Having the opportunity to run Ragnar Las Vegas with a great group of people was so much fun and such a wonderful opportunity. Most of all, watching my other half complete his first half marathon with a huge smile on his face after telling me how crazy I am for running the past three years. By the way, I am working on getting him to do a full marathon with me  in 2014.

Here is a recap of the races I ran in 2013 which are linked to my Race Recaps.
1. Allstate Los Angeles 13.1-January 13, 2013 (1:48:42)

2. Surf City Half Marathon-February 3, 2013 (1:53:26)

3. Pasadena Rock & Roll Half Marathon-February 17, 2013 (1:53:29)

4. Hollywood Half Marathon-April 6, 2013 (1:51:29)

5. Ragnar So. Cal Relay-April 19-20, 2013 (31:07)

6. OC Half Marathon-May 5, 2013 (2:57:58) 

7. Mountains 2 Beach Marathon-May 26, 2013 (3:49:10) PR
8. Ontario Mills 10K- June 8, 2013 (49:40)

9. City of Cypress 5K- July 27, 2013 (23:57)

10. Disneyland 10K- August 31, 2013 (52:33)
11. Disneyland Half Marathon- September 1, 2013 (1:48:43)

12. Long Beach Marathon-October 13, 2013 (3:52:15)

13. Ragnar Las Vegas- November 8-9, 2013 (27:57:33)

14. Surfers Point Half Marathon- November 17, 2o13 (2:08:17)

15. Hope 4 Philippines 5K Virtual Race- November 22, 2013 (26:39)

16. Claremont Sunrise Rotary 5K-November 28, 2013 (23:35) 

17. Divas Half Marathon-December 8, 2013 (2:02)

I am not sure if I will be attempting 14 in 2014 because it is going to be the year of the marathon for me. Yes, I will be chasing that BQ in 2014! Are you ready to take on 14 races in 2014? You can read all about it HERE.

I see a few marathons happening for me in 2014 as I continue to work towards my goal of qualifying for Boston. I might add in a few half marathons as well since I like to throw them into my training plan.

Who else participated in 13 in 2013? Please share!


  1. Those are some great race finish times you have! Here's hoping you have a great year of races in 2014, too, and have many races with friends and family again, too!

    1. Thank You Tina for all of your support this year. I am glad I found your blog. I hope that 2014 is a great year for you and you get that BQ because you are an awesome runner :)

  2. Great job!!! I did the 13 in 2013 too! It seemed impossible at first but I went over this year!!

    1. Congratulations Nancy! I know it is tough to manage a family and running especially with the little one. You have come a long way this year and have lots to be proud of.

  3. That's a busy year! I started with a goal of 13 in 2013 but illness and injury knocked me off of it early in the year, and by the end of the year I was starting to have to watch my spending. I think I ended up doing eight in '13.

    1. Eight is still great! Maybe you can try 14 in 2014 and get more races in next year! I am not sure if I am going to participate yet.

  4. Let's see....I ran eight races in 2013 and like you my big PR was in the marathon. 2 marathons, 3 halfs, 1 10K, 1 4-miler, and 1 5K.

    2014 will be the year of the BQ for you! I can't wait to come along for the ride. Best of luck, Sandy!

    1. Congratulations on a great year and most of all getting your BQ! I plan on running a few marathons this year in preparation for my goal race. I have to somehow get comfortable with the distance. I hope we will see each other in Boston, 2015 :)

  5. You've had such a great year! I would actually like to tackle some shorter races this spring/summer and maybe get a PR in the 5k/10k!

    1. I have to be honest and say that I don't really like the shorter distances because they force you to push yourself pretty hard. I am sure you will PR in those shorter distances and any distance for that matter because you are just awesome like that!

  6. You are in the 2 highlight of my running year !!! OC and LV!!!!
    I don't know how many races I ended up running this year... Less than 13 I think :(