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What are your running goals for 2014?

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Only a few days left in 2013 and its time to start thinking of your running goals for 2014.

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Goals and resolutions can be many categories such as:

Yearly mileage. Many runners maintain meticulous running logs and track their weekly, monthly and yearly miles. They set a goal of running a specific target like 1000 or 2000 miles in the year. It’s a good way to stay motivated to get out the door on some nasty days and keep running all year round.

Set a Personal Best. Pick a race distance and work toward a personal best for that distance. Of course as you get older those personal bests might be harder to achieve. So you could set a goal of breaking last year’s personal best or an age group personal best.

Run a longer distance. If you have been stuck running 5k’s set a goal to run a longer distance race. Maybe set a goal to run a 10K, a half marathon or a full marathon. Just be careful not to jump up from say a 5k to a marathon distance too fast. That increases the chance of injury and will set you back.

Diversify. Do some cross training of some biking and swimming and set a goal to do a triathlon or duathlon. . Don’t worry about finishing times if it is your first. Do it with some friends and do it for fun.

Travel. Find an interesting event some place and make a resolution to travel to the race. It will energize your running and keep you motivated.

Volunteer. Contact your local running club and offer to volunteer at a race or in some other capacity. It’s always a rewarding experience and a way to give back to the sport.

And there is one last opportunity to run in 2013 on New Year’s Eve.

Tuesday, December 31, 5:45 p.m. 3 miles, New Year's Eve Twilight Run, Sea Girt Army Camp, N.J. Preview

Check out many 2014 events on The Race Calendar

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