In 4 short days it’ll be 2010. A new year and a new approach to running.
First a look back at 2009. It’s been an up, down and back up again year. I ran my worst Half Marathon, completed my first Marathon, missed a Half Marathon due to injury sustained running the Marathon then pulled a (just) sub 2hr Half Marathon distance I trainined for at the end of the year. Even though I write this wrapped in my duvet, lying on the couch feeling like my sinuses are going to explode having not run for a week, i’ll take it as ending the year on a high note.
You see, as well as my last target run ending well, I’ve started to record my running in a more structured manner (Sunday Stats!). Sure, I’ve always used GPS smartphone apps to log my runs. That should be fine, however, in the last year I’ve had to use 4 different apps because I’ve changed my device then I encountered issues with the applications since. So data is fragmented and I can’t really look back at what I’ve done. I decided to do what every normal runner does and keep my own log and not rely on 3rd party apps. I set up a spreadsheet where I can log my run details no matter what device or application I use. It means manually inputting figures every week but it also means I’m properly monitoring my performance. Further more, it means I’m now in a position to do something for the first time in 2010… Set my running goals!
What’s in store for 2010?
- 650 miles total in 2010
- Average pace 9.00 m/m over 2010
- Run in at least 4 races
- Best Marathon time: Sub 4hrs
- Best Half Marathon time: TBC
- Run 162.5 miles
- Average pace 9.25