Yesterday’s 10mile run went well, in the circumstances. 1h23m, so slower than last year, but given the drop off in training and being under the weather at the start of the week, I wasn’t expecting a PB. The run was lovely, albeit a bit windy up on top of the hills. The organisers and marshalls were brilliant. I think the winner got around in about 53minutes, which can’t be far off a course record. I’ll definitely be signing up again for next year, and if anyone wants an event at that time of year then I can recommend it for those who find themselves between say North London and Cambridge over Christmas.
For this year, I’ve got the Big Half in March, Hackney Half in May and Ealing Half in September, plus the Blenheim Triathlon in June. I’d like to keep things ticking over at about 30km a week, if I can, which is running home twice a week and a recovery run after hockey on a Sunday.
Went out and did parkrun this morning. It was VERY wet and muddy and I didn’t enjoy it. I was actually up and awake in time to do the double (first one being at Maidstone at 8.30), but really couldn’t be bothered. I was secretly hoping the missus was going to say she wasn’t up for doing the 10.30, but sadly she let me down
Brighton simply for the same of convience. I finished my first half in October in 1.46 and I’m trying not to have any goals for this one but it’d be nice to finish in under 4 hours. If all goes to plan I’ll sign up for another in the autumn and have a set goal.
Nothing booked yet but pencilled in Blackpool half (feb), Sheffield half (april) and Edinburgh marathon (may). Not sure I’ll be able to commit to training as much as last year cause bike riding is fun but would like to get a 1:35 half
Not quite the same level but I’d barely done any running (bar a couple of 10k races) for three years till I started again last February. The first few 5ks I did were horrible. I couldn’t even run them without stopping. Just keep plugging away and you’ll get there. I did a half at the start of April and my first full marathon in October. Not to say they are reasonable goals for anyone else but just shows how quickly you can pick these things up if you stick with it through those horrible first few months.
Don’t really have any running goals for this year. Think I’m going to concentrate on my cycling. I think a sub 40, 10km and sub 90 half are easily achievable goals but not sure if I have the motivation to put the training in as I find road running incredibly boring. Might try do some more trail stuff to keep the legs ticking over in case I get the urge to enter any races.
I’ve signed up for a 10k later this year, which might be small fry for you hardcore runners but is pretty scary for me. I’ve been chipping away at Couch 2 5k for an embarassing amount of time though and need a deadline to work to. I haven’t been for a run since before xmas and I’m not looking forward to getting back out after all the ritual organ abuse I’ve been indulging in since then.
I wrote a load of stuff on HRM training here - others said some.bjts above and below this post which are worth a look too. What I’ve said worked really well for me a while back, but obviously your own experience may be different.