2014 races

I’ve been trying to work out my race schedule for 2014 and it’s been HARD WORK…albeit lots of fun.

You may remember that I spoke to my cardiologist a few weeks ago and he doesn’t want me to push to get any faster. He gave the seal of approval to me to continue to run, and to run half-marathon distance and I am SO happy about that. But he wasn’t keen that I put undue stress on my heart by pushing any more for speed. So I’ve had to think a little about how that changes my running objectives for 2014.

So I think that I want to spend 2014 running to explore the wonderful countryside of California by running trail races. This automatically slows me down but, as compensation, I get the beauty of running trails! I want to run well, I want to run my best but my time won’t be the be-all-and-end-all. Whilst I’m excited about running to explore, I’ll be honest that I haven’t quite figured out how to be comfortable with not improving my speed, the metric that we runners basically use to judge ourselves and others. But that will come with time.

PR smiles!
PR smiles!

Having said that, I’ve just had a relatively clean bill of heart health. My doctor said I shouldn’t get any faster, not that I can’t go as fast as I am at the moment! (semantics!). I feel like I have one more attempt to run a 1.52 half-marathon in me and I want to do it soon. Similarly, I was ‘cheated’ of my sub-52 min 10k by my pesky twisted ankle, and I’d really like that on my record book too.

For that reason, I’m not going to run the Kaiser Half in SF on Feb 2nd. I’ve been planning to do so for a long time, and several of you guys are…but I know I won’t be in 1.52 shape in five weeks so I’m going to skip it. A bit sad about that, it’s a great race!

So…bearing all this in mind, this is a very tentative plan for 2014, bearing in mind anything can happen and is likely to do so.


January –  Pacifica Trail Half Marathon, 18th.

February –  10k PR attempt. Probably Bay Breeze,  15th.

March       – Hellyer Half Marathon – PR attempt!  1st.

April       – Muir Woods Trail Half Marathon, 12th or….Angel Island Trail race, 12th

– Big Sur Marathon relay, 27th. (We need a third team member. Anyone?)

May        – Horseshoe Lake Trail Half Marathon, 18th or Stinson Beach Half, 17th.

Hopefully it'll be warmer than when we hiked there!
Hopefully it’ll be warmer than when we hiked there!

June        – Berry Falls Half Marathon, 7th. REALLY want to do this!!!! 

SO keen to run Big Basin
SO keen to run Big Basin

July            – San Francisco Half Marathon (although in which capacity, I don’t know)

August       – Nothing is calling my name except the possibility of a relay with Bean in                  Colorado. Yay for running in elevation, I’ll be so good at that. 🙂

September – Emerald Bay Trail Half Marathon, Tahoe, 13th. (Again, this is a must-race!)

                  – Ragnar Wine Country 🙂 (Who’s in with me)

If you join my relay team, I'll buy you lots of this!
If you join my relay team, I’ll buy you lots of this!

October        – Sunol Trail Half Marathon, 18th

 November   – Mount Tamalpais Half Marathon, 15th.

And that’s kind of where we are right now!! Things will change, but this is the plan. And I like it! What are you up for this year? Are you running any of these?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Paulette says:

    TRAIL RUNNING is an awesome decision! I love it more than anything. Big Basin is incredible, I’m going to do the 50K the day after Berry Creek Falls with Coastal. I might have to look into the Muir Woods one as well, although I’m not a huge fan of Envirosport the route would be awesome. Good luck on your PR attempt and with trails! Maybe I’ll see you out there?

    1. Cathryn says:

      I’ve only done short runs in Big Basin so I’m REALLY excited about Berry Creek! Now you’re tempting me to camp overnight so we can cheer you on and spectate!!!

  2. Layla says:

    First of all, I meant to comment previously on your heart update post. That’s great news that you’re overall healthy! Future surgery and being limited to halves is not the end of the world, Running is running, and your health is most important.

    Second, you have a much more organized 2014 plan than I do! It looks like a great plan with lots of fun races.

    Third, we must run trails soon — hopefully in January!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you ref the heart update – it’s good news! And I really hope we get to run trails soon…I’m going to try and organise a blogger meet up soon!! It’s about time!

  3. Bean says:

    This looks like a fantastic year of running fun!!!! I love the trail running decision- seems smart and keeps you doing what you love. All I know is Albany in March and a 5k and 10k before that and then the relay fun. I am thinking I might try to get into Marine Corp for the fall. I am suddenly feeling behind in my planning….;).

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hehe…planning my next year’s running is becoming a yearly highlight! Can’t believe you get to do Hood to Coast…dead jealous!

  4. Juli Bronzini says:

    As usual, you make me feel lazy and inspire me all at the same time(: Had this last week off due to asthma cough from hell, but looking forward to getting back out there! I would LOVE to do the Pacifica Trail race with you…. Probably just the 10K for me though(: Let me see if I can get a sitter for the moppets!

    1. Cathryn says:

      You need to heal up quickly…I’m still hoping I can persuade you to do a jingle-bell-stroller-trail-run on Tuesday, I haven’t given up yet!!

      YES to Pacifica! Yes Yes Yes! Do it! Day = made.

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