January 21, 2014

Training Tuesday: Time to Refocus

As I continue to recover from the Dopey weekend, thoughts towards my race calendar and goals for 2014 are coming into focus.  It is amazing how Dopey completely overtook my life, schedule and running goals for nearly 4 months.  Surviving four consecutive days of racing made training difficult since I normally only run three times per week.  Moving forward, I intend to return to three days of running per week and include some new cross training routines to improve my core strength.  My weakness at the moment is my lower back and core, so naturally I would like to find ways to make these areas stronger.  In terms of my running, hopefully my mileage will now increase slowly with more speed thrown in to make my racing goals achievable.

One of the things I am most excited about this year is spectating the Boston Marathon again with my mother.  Last year we were in Wellesley at the halfway point and had a wonderful time cheering on the elite runners and the fastest men and women.  Little did we know that the day would end with such a disastrous and devastating event at the finish line.  Hopefully 2014 will be a wonderful race and lots of my running group will be participating.  I can't wait to cheer for them and give them fuel or food as they pass by our spectating spot in Wellesley!  Part of my excitement is that I am secreting hoping that the crowds along the course will be there for me the following year.  My marathon time after Dopey has put me in range for a Boston Qualifying time and it would be wonderful to join those elite runners for this prestigious race.  This may be the push I need to get that time required to register for 2015.

Friday I fly home from a fantastic race and cruise vacation.  On Saturday, my running schedule and plans begin again and I can't wait to get started. 

What are your goals for 2014? 


  1. I have something big coming up (big for me, anyway) that I haven't talked about yet in 2014. I am very scared about it too!

    That is amazing that you are in range to qualify for Boston! I really hope that happens for you! I though Lacey would want to run it again, but after last year and her being so close to the situation, I think she is done with Boston, at least for now ( which is a shame, but I understand everyone has to deal with it in their own way).
    I can't wait to hear about your cruise!

  2. So fabulous that you have Boston in your sights!! You have accomplished so much, I have no doubt you will be able to do it! Can't wait to hear about your up coming training. Reading your (and Christine's) posts always give me a boost to push a little further. Thanks for sharing the journey with us :)

  3. My big goal is to get through 2014 uninjured and do Dopey in 2015. My whole calendar revolves around Dopey already.

    What a great goal for2015, I hope you make it to Boston!!

  4. Exciting, Pam!! Boston is a wonderful goal! Hope you enjoyed your cruise and recovery after Dopey!

  5. Fun! I lived in Wellesley for 12 years and my parents are still there, almost right on the route. They sent me pictures of the lead pack for the men's and women's races. They'll probably spectate again since the roads around them are closed for the race.

  6. You and your daughter are such an inspiration! I found this blog last year around the time my daughter and I began to think about running our first 5k at Disney - Expedition Everest 2014! I am 53 and just starting this running thing and reading about you has been encouraging! Am VERY slow but I keep on going and the countdown for EE is on! Wishing you luck with the Boston marathon!

  7. looking forward to cheering you on!! Go Pam!!

  8. That would be so cool if you could do the 2015 Boston Marathon! It looks like such a fun race, and I hope things go much better than last year.

    My core strength is also not great. I'd like to do it without doing high intensity intervals but I'm not sure how to get around it lol. I currently do Yoga 1-2 times a week...do you have other suggestions?