Well it's coming up to that time of year where you start to think about next year's targets, and how you've done this year. I'll start with the year so far, then crack on with my list of goals for 2010.
2009 - year of the sicknote
I had a pretty rubbish year to be honest, starting in January & February with the ligaments in my ankle - couldn't run properly till March. Since then I've had two bouts of flu which had me laid up in bed, and a chest infection. It's not all bad though. I managed to crack my 1 mile & 10 mile pbs, and I survived my first marathon (even if I was disappointed with the time). I couldn't get close with my 5k & 10k times, but given that I started my marathon training in June I only really had a few 10ks which I entered this year.
Another good thing to come out of 2009 was the addition of the Sunderland Parkrun, I've done two so far (because of work and pulling my back), but I'm hoping that next year they should serve as a good fitness gauge.
2010 - year of the triathlon
I'm really looking forward to doing my first tri, I've now been out on a bike (after a 24 year break), and did manage to do a few laps inside the warehouse at work once I'd got the hang of it (and Andy let go of the seat ). The cycling is gonna be the toughest part, but I've got 8 months to train for it, and it'll be a sprint tri - 400m swim, 20k bike, 5k run, so even if I'm totally rubbish at the bike at least it's not a huge distance to try and cover.
I've also got some canny race time goals for next year too - keeping my running fitness up.
- Sub 2:55 800m (pb 2:56)
- Sub 5:40 1500m (pb 5:49)
- Sub 6 mile (pb 6:09)
- 12min 3k (pb 12:23)
- want to get as close to 20:10 as possible over 5k (pb 21:07)
- 43:30 for 10k (pb 43:50)
I'd also like to crack 1:14:00 for 10 miles at Tynedale in September (pb 1:14:04), but I'm not worried if I don't
Races for 2010
I'm entered for the Resolution Run 10k on New Years day - 10k on the Town Moor again, not sure I'll be loving or hating it but at least it's only two small laps and not five big ones. I lost my shoe in a bog the last time I did it, so I may have to tape them onto my feet, or give my xc spikes a go if it's really muddy.
I've also got my entry in for the North Tyneside 10k - one of my favourite races along the coast from North Shields to St Marys lighthouse. That one is on Easter Sunday.
Other than those I'm hoping to do these:
- 9th Jan - NEHL 2 (cross country) at Cramlington
- 30th Jan - NEHL 3 (xc) at the Town Moor (lol not again...'ware the moor)
- 13th Feb - NEHL 4 (xc) at Wrekenton
- 20th Feb - NEHL 5 (xc) at South Shields
- 6th March - Royal Signals Relays (if I can get a team from the Jarrow & Hebburn ladies)
- 27th March - NEHL 6 (xc) at Prudhoe
- 4th April - North Tyneside 10k
- 11th April - Sanddancer 10k multi terrain
- 18th April - Rising Sun 5m (Wallsend)
I'll also do the Pier to Pier depending on the date, Clive Cookson 10k, and the Sunshine Run 5k in July. This leads me up nicely to my choice of two sprint tris in August - the T&W Fire Brigade Hebburn tri, and the Sun Tri in Ponteland. I'm pretty sure that the Hebburn one fills up pretty quickly, so I'll have to be on my toes getting the entry form in.
Training - back down to earth now for a training update from this week
After picking up that silly back injury last week I was sensible - listened to my training gurus (Alan, Helen, Jim and Mick) and took a week off. It's done me the world of good, and with the assistance of a microwavable heat pack (thanks for the heads up on that one Mick) I'm now almost fixed!
Tuesday 8th saw me back at the club for a pretty swift training session on Wood Terrace. Anti clockwise round to the roundabout (.42 miles average for each rep) 200 jog recovery
3:02, 3:00, 2:54, 2:46, 2:46, 2:43
total distance:2.52 miles, 17:11 (6:49 pace)
Wednesday 9th - usual Wednesday bimble - shorter route cause I was bloomin' knackered
Thursday 10th - track session:
17 x 200 - 3 man 10k relay, this was first proper track session since my marathon and I was feeling good.
First rep was pretty slow till Jim said "these are supposed to be fast" lol, but I got progressively faster finishing on 39 secs for the last 200.
total distance 3400m 12:55 (6:07 pace)
Apologies for the epic post, but some inconsiderate so & sos stomped down the back lane shouting at each other at 3:45am So I've been awake for bloody ages Hoping to get a bit of a nap at some point this morning.
Happy running folks!