Goals for 2018
So, I've got two main goals for 2018:
- run a half in under 1hr 20min
- run a full marathon for the first time, and in under 3 hrs
- suffer no injuries
I suspect the first goal might be slightly ambitious, but I want to aim for that one first. I'm currently building up my miles while my cartilage is healing and am optimistic that I'll be able to run the Marriott's Way half-marathon on 18 Feb. My intention is to use this just to get the distance in, take a week off afterwards and then start speed training. Until then, I'm only running at easy pace - absolutely zero speed work.
Assuming I finish that okay and my knee feels okay to run faster, the next event is the Bungay half-marathon on 8 April. I'd have at least four weeks. I did this in 1:30:33 last year, so at the very least I'll be hoping to break 1:25. The dream would be 1:20 of course but I don't know if there's enough time for that. To achieve it, here's what I'll need to be capable of, which kind of illustrates how unlikely it is:
- run a 5k in under 17:15
- run a 10k in just over 36:00
To put that in context, I'm currently unable to run anything faster than an easy pace, and my best 5k and 10k times are 18:52 and 40:57, respectively! Maybe I should aim for 1hr 25min in the Bungay half and find another one in the summer to break 1hr 20min?
Running the full marathon in under 3 hours later this year is something I don't think should be too difficult. It should be a given as long as I don't get injured. Which is actually, out of all the other goals I have, the priority. Looking back at Strava over the last two years, there have been three gaps each year where I haven't been able to run for at least a month and have had to build up all over again. This has to stop, and this year has to be the one.
Which marathon? Probably this one: http://www.ascona-locarno-run....
Training plan? Something like this: https://bridgerridgerun.wordpr...