my running adventures – barefoot or otherwise
I always get excited about a new year, laden with potential and saturated with new opportunities.
And it is with this in mind that I am, right now, setting myself three goals:
There, it’s off my chest, and now…well, now I have to go and do it don’t I?!
I have these first two goals because I am hoping that they will force me into getting faster! Every guy likes a bit of speed don’t they?! By setting these two goals, I’m forcing myself to train more specifically for speed, and I’ll be aiming to achieve the goals at different times of the year.
Let me elaborate on these goals a bit further.
Goal 1: My existing 5k PB is 17:22, and I want to get this under 17 minutes. My 5k PB attempt will, I expect, take place at various parkruns throughout the year, but mainly in the first half of the year. My training runs will include some hard hill work and intervals, km and half km repeats. I’ll also need to get back in to drinking the Matrix protein shakes that helped me to recover better after exercise, and stay strong last year. I ran out and haven’t replaced it yet! One of my ‘to do’ jobs!
Goal 2: The 10k PB attempt will also be tough. I tend to favour longer races as my endurance is probably better than my speed as a runner. However, given family circumstances, I’ve come to realise that my original goals for the year of entering a marathon are just not realistic (because of the training demands involved, and because I would want to do it properly!). Maybe in a few years, when the children are a bit older, I might be able to find more time to spend in the great outdoors.
Goal 3: I’ve been influenced by my friend, Mike Wells, who you can read an interview with, beginning here. Within the space of a year, he’s managed to involve 5 of his work colleagues on weekly (and in some cases, daily!) runs before work, including one guy who has shed about 7 stone!
Now, because of my job and an early start already, I don’t think I’ll be able to do morning runs near work with work colleagues. However, I’m hoping to encourage family members and friends to take up, or try running to help them get, or stay active. Hopefully this time next year, I’ll be able to tell you about the success I’ve had in encouraging others to get into running.
If you have any advice or tips on my goals, or on making/finding time for running in a busy life, I’d love to hear from you!
What running goals, or goals more widely, do you have for 2014?
In the meantime, here’s a bunch of runs I’ve completed so far this year (I’m well on my way to running more than 100km in January!)
http://www.strava.com/activities/106701298 – My most recent run, and my second, more successful attempt to run at a slower pace. A ‘recovery run’ if you will, which takes me up to 71km for 2014 so far!
http://www.strava.com/activities/106337177 – A run I really enjoyed, exploring the local area near work in the dark, and taking in some hills!
http://www.strava.com/activities/106143476 – 10k commute home
http://www.strava.com/activities/105372441 – sub-40 10k en-route to work
http://www.strava.com/activities/105133682 – failed attempt to run slower! Check out my heart rate!
http://www.strava.com/activities/104621216 – 10k commute to work
http://www.strava.com/activities/104413479 – First run of 2014!
http://www.strava.com/activities/103017629 – Tough New Year’s Eve run where I went segment-hunting!