Not in quite the same way as the year I ran a race every month; I won't be racing that often. But one of my 2014 resolutions is to run a sub-30 5k. Which is funny, because I'm actually not registered for any 5ks for the year. This is the year of long runs for me. On tap are two half marathons, a 10 miler, a 12k, and a 10k. It's also the year I get to make a big check mark on my "Race Bucket List" and I'm pretty excited about that!
This is also the year I'm going to be changing up my usual training plan. Usually when I train for long runs, I up my mileage during the week. Running anywhere from 3-5 miles a day, with a longer run on the weekend. But right now, there's no way I can get in that kind of mileage during the week. As it is, I wake up at 5:30/6 to get a run in. It's dark and cold at that time, and the sun doesn't rise till after I'm already home from the run. I don't think I can get up any earlier! When Mrs. Pirate trained for the AFC Half Marathon, she didn't up her mileage during the week, but added a mile on to her long run every weekend. I'm going to give that a short and see how it works out in my first race of the year next month.
In order to accomplish these longer weekend runs, I've worked out a plan with Thatboy. We're going to do a "beach morning" one day every weekend. We'll head to the beach, where he and Thatbaby will play while I run. Then I'll stay and play with Thatbaby while he head into the water for a surf. We gave it a shot yesterday, even though I was just doing a little 4-miler.