You were warned and this is still a work in progress, but here are my 2015 fitness goals – the story so far!
Goal – To get my runbritain handicap below 15, currently 16.8
runbritain is a website where you can enter races, get training advice, read other running blogs and claim your own personal ranking and handicap – and it’s free to register. Their mission statement is “to make British road running the best in the world in terms of organisation, development and performance”. Once you register, the results from any officiated races are automatically attributed to your profile (or if not, you can usually manually input them), and this includes parkruns.
Here’s a graph showing my progress since I joined up towards the end of 2010. You can very clearly see the downward slope in 2012! And then the upward slope which coincides with my improved fitness and the start of my parkrun “journey”. It’s obviously flattened out a little bit since my speeds initially improved so although the jump from 16.8 to 15 doesn’t appear that challenging, I think it may be a bit hard to get there. But if I succeed too quickly, I’ll obviously “review the situation”!
Goal – New half marathon PB
I think I have accepted that a sub 2 hour half marathon may be beyond me, I wont give up entirely but my goal for this year is to get the new PB so 2 hours 3 minutes and 32 seconds is the goal! At the moment I only have the Paddock Wood half in my diary but I’m hoping that I’ll get another go at either the Great North or the Royal Parks.
Goal – Be more flexible
Especially important as I get older! I’m not quite sure how I plan to measure this but hopefully my continued attendance at Samadhi Yoga classes will help. I’ve decided to use my turtle performance as a guide.
This is my current ability
And this is what I’m aiming for!!
To be honest, this would be good!
Goal – run 1400k (just over 870 miles) during 2015
This year’s goal was to run 800 miles and it would be easy to just increase the distance again – yes, I know that’s exactly what I have done! But this year, they have to be “meaningful” miles. A few weeks’ ago as I drove to the gym to use the treadmill, it occurred to me that all I was doing was turning up to run in order to tick off a few more miles. So this year, I have decreed that in line with lots of training programmes I’ve seen in running media, I shall do a long run, a hill run, a speed run (no doubt that’s going to be parkrun) and because I’ve committed to doing 4 runs a week during January through Jantastic, another run. No doubt that’s going to be the “make up the mileage” run!
Goal – new parkrun PB
Can’t believe I nearly forgot this one! Yes, new parkrun PB so that means sub 25′ 16″ so let’s make it challenging and say a sub 25 minute parkrun! Might be regretting that this time next year but I have to give it a try.
So those are my five “fitness” related goals for 2015. I shall carry over the resistance/strength related ones from 2014 in the hope that I can improve upon my achievements in those regards. Now back to the drawing board for more personal goals ….