2013: Race Plan

I’d like to talk about the amount of running I’ve done in the past week…but it adds up to a big fat zero. I could quote sickness, travel, MURDEROUS jet-lag and frantic Christmas preparation as four very legitimate excuses but zero is zero and I am not proud of it. What I need is a hefty dose of motivation, and tonight, drinking some very nice red wine, I found it.

With 2012 rapidly coming to an end, I’ve got thinking about races I want to do in 2013. I want to race much more than I did in 2012 but also don’t want to set random targets like 12 races or 6 half marathons just for the sake of it. Races here are expensive and I want to be picky. So I spent a very lovely evening putting together a list of races I absolutely HAVE to do and those that I would like to do as well.


Yay, I used to run once…before my bum got stuck on the sofa!

I’m always a little nervous of making plans at the start of a new year. It’s like I’m asking for some kind of disaster which would make me look sadly at my list and think how naive I was. But I also believe in planning, so here’s my plan. The races in italics are as definite as definite can be without a glimpse into the future.

Feb            Longleat 10k, Wiltshire, UK!!!! Be there!!!

March      Woodside 5m (trail), Oakland Half Marathon

April         Apple Hill Blossom Run 10k

May            A 10k to go for a PR

June          Truckee Half (as a training race), SF 2nd half (PR attempt)

July            Davis Moo-nlight Half

August        10k PR attempt, Skirt and Dirt – 10k

September  Half  Moon Bay Half, Petaluma Clo-Cow Half, Tahoe Half

October          No races

November      Big Sur half, Ramsden Turkey Trot

December      5k PR attempt, trail race – locally, Jingle Bell Hell

Let’s briefly touch on September. Basically, every half marathon I want to do is in September. I am definitely doing Half Moon Bay – it’s a PR opportunity, it’s local and two of my favourite bloggers, Liz and Bean, are doing it. I also want to run at gorgeous Lake Tahoe this year but I also want to do the Petaluma Half simply because their medal is a cow-bell and I am a sucker for all things alpine! I think realistically I pick HMB and then one other. But OH, September!

Look at all that space for future medals!

Keys, prepare to be ousted by the hardware I earn in 2013!

So who’s doing what? Anyone running any of these? What are YOUR 2013 race plans? Are you considering selling a kidney to fund them? Yeah, me too.

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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9 Responses to 2013: Race Plan

  1. Madeleine says:

    give yourself a break!! After all that travelling you need to let your body recover. And it’s nearly Christmas 🙂
    Inspired by you I am entering the Longleat 10k. I’m also doing the Bath Half and then the London Marathon. then falling in a heap and taking the summer off! Joke. But seriously I will give myself a break from training. I will continue to run though. When I did the NYC marathon I completely lost my running mojo for a while. I entered the Bath Half which was 4 months after NY which I managed but I didn’t enjoy the training one bit. But I’m back in the groove and really enjoying the training for London now and will enjoy these two races along the way.
    Happy Christmas!

    • Cathryn says:

      GREAT news about Longleat, so excited!! I think the Mojo is coming back – doing this post got me all excited. I just need to buy a little boy a bike and then I can tick Christmas as done and run again!
      Happy Christmas too!

  2. Jen says:

    Well, as you know, I’m already signed up for the Oakland Half. And I would like to run the 2nd half of the SF Half too. So that’s 2 races we have in common. How about a trail race to make it a perfect trifecta? Fancy coming over to the East Bay for one of the Triple Crown races, or maybe a race at Lake Chabot?

  3. Bean says:

    If it makes you feel any better I have run like 3 miles in the last week. No let me check, not like 3, actually 3. Been sick and lazy. Racing schedule looks awesome! Is it weird I want to be your neighbor so I can run all of them with you? Yes I will be selling a body part to fund my racing, especially HMB. Though there is a blogger I know who has offered to share their space so I might be showing up on their door step to save funds;).

  4. Cathryn says:

    I would def take her up on that offer!! And I smell a run today…it’s going to happen!!!

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