A look back at 2013

Despite saying early in the year that I would not race as much, I seem to have taken part in 23 races this year (if you count the Runner’s World Hat Trick as three races – which, of course, you should if you run a 5k, 10k and half marathon over 2 days), compared to 21 in 2012.

My focus for the year was entirely different because I had decided it would be the year of my first marathon and therefore everything I did was geared to that race (Philadelphia in November), and while my preparation was not perfect, it still lead to a great time. I’m still not sure about doing another, but it will happen, just not in 2014.

Despite the different focus for the year, the extra miles on my long runs had an impact I wasn’t expecting – PRs in 5k – 19:15, 10k – 41:25, and Half Marathon – 1:30:59.

Memorable events for me this year included:

Since Philadelphia, my running has been intermittent at best (as have my blog posts), but I’m hoping that the new year will bring me focus to meet my goals for 2014 – even faster times in the 5k, 10k, and half marathon.

What are your goals for 2014? Did you achieve your 2013 goals?


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