I started 2018 with a list of goals I wanted to achieve and I felt were achievable with some proper training and commitment.
- Sub 20 minutes 5km
- Sub 40 minutes 10km
- Sub 90 minutes 13.1m
- Sub 3hr 30 minutes 26.2m
- Read 5 new books
- Run over 1500 miles
- Be the best person I can be
Lets start with number 6. It turns out that running 1,500 miles takes a lot of commitment, time and dedication. I only achieved 857 miles. I did have to take 5 weeks off to mend a torn ligament in my left ankle, after playing football for 5 minutes after a 5 year hiatus.
Even with the enforced break I have fallen some way short of my target. This will definitely be making my list for 2019, but this time treated with more respect. I can’t wait to March to start to try an pick up the lost miles, this has to start from 1st January 2019.
I came close to achieving goals 1, 2 & 4. I didn’t get the times I set out to get in January 2018 but this isn’t a fail. I did get 3 great times, all PBs so I am very happy with the over all result.
I ran 5km in 20:19; 10km in 43:23; 26.2m in 3hrs 31 minutes (soooo close!). I didn’t make it to the starting line for goal 3, the football injury happened 2 weeks before this race. These won’t be part of my 2019 goals list. Maybe goal 3, unfinished business?
Smashed the reading. I’ve read 8 books now. A mixture of crime novels, training books and Ultra running bios. Reading on my morning and evening commute has been relaxing. I now look forward to this time as it cleanses the mind. Running does this too but it’s a different head space.
Be the best person I can be, will always be a goal I’ll be striving to achieve. Some weeks I smash it, other weeks I fail.
Run 10km a day in June
“Shit! That hurt.” Were the words that came out of my mouth when I went in to a challenge during the first 5 minutes of a 5-aside football game. I love football but it doesn’t love me anymore. I get injured every time I play these days. With all the running I have done over the past 5 years my body is designed for moving forward, sudden changes in direction with men whose sole purpose is to get the ball from you, does not end well for me.
The next morning my ankle was 3 times as big as normal and beautiful shades of blue and purple. I couldn’t put pressure on it and I knew there and then that I wouldn’t be running the Leeds ½ Marathon which was in 2 weeks. My next fear was that I wouldn’t be able to start let a loan finish my charity even in June.
In February, I was inspired to come up with a charity run and I wanted it to be a good one. I came up with the idea to run 10km every day for the whole month of June. I also managed to convince one of my friends to do it too.
I completed the challenge, running 202 miles for the month and raising £1,800 for a great charity called Operation Smile, check it out if you have time.
What is Next
2019 is going to be a big year for me in running terms, the rest will happen when it does and I will deal with it then.
My goals for 2019 are;
- Be the best person I can be
- Run over 1,500 miles
- Run my first 50 mile Ultra
- Run Ben Nevis Ultra
- Run a ½ Marathon under 95 minutes
- Stick to my training plans
- Continue with my blog even if no ever reads it
- Don’t play football… you will get hurt
Lets see what the next 365 days hold for us all. I hope everyone achieves there own goals whatever they may be.