I've got gradually slower over most distances following my fitness peak and Ironman adventures of 2012. 2017 is the year I reverse the trend. I'm going to try and set a new Personal Best time over every distance I have a proper time for, and is a standard distance. I always work better with a tangible target, and it's nice to have a reason to aim for a new PB (rather than just wanting a new PB).
Just for fun, I'm adding two stretch goals of running 2017 miles and getting my weight under 80kg - I've been there before, I know I can do it!
Happy New Year everyone, and happy running!
Here's what I'm aiming for:
|1 mile||00:06:53||May 2015
|*||The parkrun wave - where I arrived late and flustered, and went off too hard. Legs fizzing and breath burning for the last quarter. I've since run invididual miles faster within parkruns.|
|5 km||00:21:14||June 2012
|*****||This will be
very hard. Beckton inaugural was a slightly short course, and I was in peak
Ironman fitness. This will be the hardest PB to break - I've run many hard
5km in 2016 and only broken 22 minutes once.
2nd Sunday 5
|*****||The only 5-mile races I've done are a local trail race, including a nasty hill. Twice. Therefore, this should be achievable - however the race is more popular now, and the course narrow, so careful with the optimism.|
Clapham Common Race Series
|*||This is the
fastest timed 10km I have, however I've run in the 47-minute range in
training since - therefore this should be straight-forward to better.
Cumberland Ale 10
|***||I've only run a
10 mile race once, a small local race when on holiday. I put everything in,
and had a really enjyable run. Might be challenging to beat.
Royal Parks Half Marathon
|****||Coming out of
2012 after a seasonof Ironman, this one will be a challenge to beat. Requires
sustained well-managed pacing, and a lot of pain!
|****||Went out with the aim of breaking four hours and made it by seconds thanks to the slowest sprint finish ever. To beat this I'll need to hold my pace in check in the first half.|
|50 km||06:20:59||July 2015
|***||Both 50km races I've completed involved a lot of walking, once due to injury, and once to prevent damage ahead of a more important race. It's a hard distance to guage.|
Chiltern Wonderland 50
|*||After just two 50-mile ultras, I respect the distance immensley. I feel I have a lot to learn, and therefor a lot of room for improvement, over the next year, so am rating this as easy to improve - but it won't be an easy race that's for sure.|