Looking Forward, Looking Back!

It is that time of year again. New Year, time to look back at the last year and look forward to the year to come!

I’m feeling a little sorry for myself at the moment, not from an excess of alcohol celebrating the new year, although a few beers where had. I have been suffering with a heavy cold for more than a week, which has limited my running. I am usually one to run through mild illness, but this was far from mild and I almost went a full week without running. I’m on the mend now, but the last two days of running have told me that I still need a bit more mending. Thankfully, most of the running over the last few days has been fun, social running, rather than hard training.

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Santas and Elves at the Rochdale Harriers Chip Butty Run © John Mayall

Ignoring this little set back, my fitness has been getting back to a decent level and is certainly better than it was this time last year. 2017 was a year of contrast; some good progress and a return to some sort of fitness early in the year, including a sub-40 minute 10k; months of niggling injury, leading to a big fall off in mileage and fitness; and finally a stronger end to the year with more consistent training.

Looking forward, I will need to have a more consistent year if I am to get close to achieving what I want. I’ve also got a very busy year away from my own running, I’m race director for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run on 7th October and before that I have the small matter of a wedding at the end of August.

My main target for the year is a sub-3 hour marathon at Edinburgh on 27th May, this is by no means a certainty, even with five months of solid training, I will probably need a fair wind to succeed. I’ve got a couple of 10k races booked for February and March (Dewsbury and Trafford) and really need to be in PB territory by then. I also intend to run the Trimple 20, which will a good test of progress.

My diet is getting some attention this year as well, as a starting point I am trying to reduce a lot of unnecessary carbohydrates, particularly sugar, that includes alcohol, which I will be significantly reducing my consumption of. My birthday is in January, so I never have a dry January, bit my plan is to not drink until my birthday on the 13th, have a day off the waggon then very much moderate my consumption to a couple of drinks a week. At least until after the marathon!

Wishing you a happy and productive 2018!

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