Thursday, January 9, 2014

I may not be running, but I still have goals

I've been scarce around these parts lately, because when you're not running, there's not much to say that isn't just depressing. But I still read. And dream. Although the near future is dark and dreary, I still have high hopes that 2014 will be a good, nay, a great year!

Let's see what's on my wish list...

Assuming I get back into it sometime by Spring, I plan to be at the next major Loopfest - Flying Pig in Cincinnati on May 4!

But wait, before that is Surf City on Feb 2nd. I'm going to pick up my bib and shirt. Maybe I'll run a little. I certainly won't run the whole 13 and set myself back like I did at Rehoboth. But my bib should get me into the beer garden. And I have ten loopsters crashing at my pad, so the weekend should be full of amazing!

The rest of the year is full of possibilities, but nothing definite yet. But look at these options!

Late June - Western States 100, crewing or pacing some lucky loopster - TBD! Possibly after doing Double Dipsea the day before.

July - Tahoe Trail 100 - again, crewing or pacing perhaps

August - Hood to Coast - OK that IS definite! Team Awesome Loop All-Stars will be tearing up Oregon!

October - I hope to do the Skyline to Sea 50K through the Redwood forests near Santa Cruz

November - I am in the NYCM lottery. You never know... I am also planning our annual golf trip in Santa Barbara with a half marathon along the coast there.

Other than that, if training goes well I would like to do a marathon in the fall. Not sure where. And who knows where I may just drop in for loop-meets? Shamrock? Boston? Marshall? Rehoboth?

As for goal times...Well, I'm going to just forget about that for now. I haven't trained since September so it will be a slow return to form. Not expecting any PRs. Going to enjoy running for fun this year. More goat runs, more trails, more cross training. I have a goal to beat my record annual bike mileage, which shouldn't be too hard.

As for the PF. It is still stubbornly not going away. Very slowly it gets better, but I am going to wait until the pain is really gone before I test it. Well, nearly gone. I don't know. I change my mind daily. Probably at least two more weeks before I do a test run.

Enjoy your runs!


  1. I'm sorry you're dealing with that evil PF. You might remember that I dealt with it for almost 2 years, the last year which pretty much paralyzed me. I learned SO much about PF and how to treat it....I have a great blog post up about it somewhere embedded in 2011 if you wanted to know what I did. In the meantime, I'm glad you're still setting goals for the upcoming year....we always have to have hope to keep moving forward. Looks like some great adventures!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks Jill. I re-read your post. It makes sense. I crave info and a solution so I hear SO MANY stories and advice about PF, but they are all different. I'm sure there is some imbalance somewhere. I am trying to solve with exercises and stretching as I rest. The pain is almost gone. I am going to start up running in about a week I think, and ramp up slower and try to run through it while continuing the exercises and stretching. Stay tuned!

  3. Ugh. PF.. Yeah, that is one of those mysterious "injuries" that took a chunk outta my 2013. I hope you get better soon. I took of 8 weeks before I realized that resting alone was good- but not getting it to go away completely. Anyhow, sending you my best wishes for a magical turnaround. Glad to read you are stretching it. That and massage are what made the most difference for mine. Cheers for a rocking 2014!