Wednesday, December 5, 2012

13 in 2013

Hubby and I were talking last night about this challenge I decided to take on in 2013 - the 13 in 2013 Challenge. It's being hosted by Jill Conyers at Fitness, Health, and Happiness. See, in 2012 she ran challenged herself to run 12 half marathons. For 2013, she's challenging everyone (including herself) to 13 races in 2013. They can be all the same length - 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2 or they can be a variety of lengths. The idea is to get out there and run 13 races next year.

So I counted up the number of races I did this year and if you count two virtual races and the Spartan Race, I managed a respectable (in my opinion) 14 races this year. Not bad. So, I am taking on the 13 in 2013 challenge. I'm going to run 13 races in 2013. I've opted for the variety challenge though. I could do all 5ks, but what would be the fun in that? I already know I have several races of varying lengths scheduled for 2013 so why not count them all?

March 10 - Kelly St. Patrick's Day 5k (Baltimore, MD)
March 16 - Shamrock 8k (Virginia Beach, VA)
March 17 - Shamrock Half Marathon (Virginia Beach, VA)
April 13 - Lager Jogger 5k (Pottsville, PA)
June 23 - Baltimore Women's Classic (Baltimore)

Then there are races I'd like to do, but I haven't seen a date yet:

Hershey 10k (Hershey, PA - it was in April 2012)
Sole of the City 10k (Hershey, PA - it was in April 2012)
Armed Forces 5k (Harrisburg, PA - it was in May 2012)
A Halloween race
A Turkey Trot
Celtic Solstice 5 Miler (Baltimore - December 2013)

Obviously I have to add in a few more races to make it 13, but there are TONS of races out there, especially 5ks. I am pretty sure I can do this. It seems like a fun thing to do and a nice challenge to make sure I get some running in next year. Though, I'll be honest the July and August calendar is going to awfully bare.

What about you? Want to join? Click on the link above to learn more and to sign up!


  1. I'm excited for this. Now I need to figure out which will be my 1st race!

  2. I know! I don't necessarily want to wait til March, but... Cold weather in Central PA tends to make races scarce in these parts right now. We shall see.

  3. I signed up for the 13 Half marathons in 2013. In the last 4 years I ran 11 half marathons, but 13 in ONE year... I'm a little scared :)

  4. 13 halves in a year? I bow down to you! I do about 2 a year now (since my first in 2011). I'm good with that. I could possibly stretch it to 3, but I would die with 13. LOL! I realized this year I ran 12 races already and have two this month of all different lengths - 5k, 8k, 10k, half, and a mud race. I think I'll keep that going. Makes life interesting. :)