Last year, due to general frustration at the way my running was progressing, or should we say not progressing, I set my targets for 2013 early, during November 2012. They were:
- To climb Kilimanjaro
- To perform well in the Masters Cross country championships
- To break the M55 course record at the Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon
- To do and complete 1 more marathon
- To run the length of Hadrian's Wall in 24 hours
And I also identified one A race - The Blaydon Race.
The year started well with some good mileage under the belt and in February, my first target of climbing Kilimanjaro was achieved.
|Kilimanjaro viewed from Moshi|
|View from the Summit|
By now, I had found out that I had to go into hospital for an operation. Which took place in May. Initially I thought that this would prevent me from running my chosen A race, the 'Blaydon', on June 9th. However, with a few easy runs under the belt I decided to start well back in the field and jog around. As things turned out I felt better than I thought I would have and, although not performing as well as I had hoped prior to going into hospital, ended up completing the course in a faster time than in 2012 and picking up the 2nd M55 prize.
|Finish of Yorkshire Wolds|
With regards to the next target, well that turned out to be a comedy of errors. Although still struggling a little I had got some good mileage in during June and early July. However, failure on my part to establish what the correct M55 course record was for the Yorkshire Wolds, meant I was chasing the wrong and a slower time. I suppose it was a case of that old saying 'fail to plan and you plan to fail'.
Next up was to once again complete a marathon. Having dropped out of the last marathon I had ran, 3 year go, I didn't want to finish running marathons with a DNF. I realised, for a change, that I was not going to get anywhere near the times I used to do for the marathon, so decided that the aim was just to finish.
The Town Moor marathon was the chosen race, which I finished in 3.27.36. Over an hour slower than my pb for the distance. But at least I had met my target.
Unfortunately, for the time being, running Hadrian's Wall has been put on hold.
Looking forward to next year. At the moment it is a little difficult planning set targets, as I already know that at sometime in the New Year I will be returning to hospital for further operations. However, once I get going again, the sort of things I am considering are for A races:
- The Dentdale run in March
- The Blaydon Race
- The Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon - as they are changing the course this year the M55 course record wont be there to chase but at least I can aim at setting the record for the new course.
- Having completed the marathon again this year. I know I can run faster than 3.27, so am considering another marathon
- There is also the possibility of running my first Ultra-marathon (well its one way of getting a pb)
And of course, there is still a date with Hadrian's Wall to be kept.
So plenty to think about - Bring on 2014!