I always reckon that if you want to get better at running (or anything really) you need to set goals. It is important to have some goals that are short term and acheiveable because that keeps you motivated. When I was at a low point a few months ago and received the diagnosis of iron defincency, I set myself some recovery goals. These were all things I had done before, when fitter, so ought to be achievable.
The first of these was to get a sub two hour half marathon and I managed to do this at the Great North Run and so that for me, was a great day out. One of the others was to get under 24 minutes in a 5K parkrun. I remember a time when that would be slow for me but now with hindsight I realise that is actually, quite swift!
At Pontefract parkrun this morning it was a (relatively) cold morning and with it, misty, which I think added to the autumnal feel to the day. Fortunately it wasn’t windy which made wearing a t-shirt bearable at the start. When I started round the lake I knew I felt good, I was able to keep up a good pace without it seeming like I was on my last breath. To be honest I felt good all the way round and found I was passing lots of other runners without being passed myself. As I approached the final finish stretch around the lake I knew there ware quite a few others breathing down my neck so I kept it up to the finish.
What was the result, well my finishing position was 42 out of 208 runners and I always rate getting in the top quarter. My time, well I was dead chuffed to get 23:35 completely smashing my goal. My PB at Pontefract parkrun is 22:44 so I even see that as potentially achievable and that would be really something!
My short-term goal list looks like this:
The 150 mile , I am hoping for this month. I did it in June when trying for 200 but practically killed myself trying, which I now know was because of my iron deficiency. I rather hope that I am now fit enough to handle the 150 with ease. I have the Leeds Abbey Dash in November which is my target for the sub 50 10K.
What next after I have completed this list. Well I can draw up a new list! I already have in my head some of the things I want to achieve but I think I’ll stick to one-step at a time.
“I thought about these things. Then I understood that God has power over everyone, even those of us who are wise and live right. Anything can happen to any of us, and so we never know if life will be good or bad.”
Ecclesiastes 9:1 CEV