I started running at forty-two and on telling my wife about my new soon-to-be obsession, she laughed at me! Seemingly, the idea of me running was funny but my wife should have known better.
The first two years did not go well. I ran around 200km each year, wasn’t very consistent and even though I got a little faster and hit some self-set milestones, I didn’t feel like a runner.
This year came a change of mindset and I decided to become a runner. (In my head anyway, everyone that runs is a runner.) I ordered a new watch (Garmin 945 – thank you wife) and decided to start taking things more seriously. I was going to up my mileage and follow all the advice – run easy, build up gradually, warm up, you know the drill.
I decided I needed a goal, so I set myself a goal that was challenging and yet seemed achievable. I was aiming to run a total of 400km in 2022 so doubling my mileage of the last couple of years.
I did not follow all the advice, none of us do. Slow easy running does help but I’m terrible for wanting to always hit a new personal best.
As of today, I’ve run 1067km so I’m well on target to triple the goal I set for myself at the start of year. I’ve taken 6 minutes of my 5km time, hitting 24 minutes and got my 10km time down to 52 minutes. The impressive part, to me at least, is that neither of those times are race times, they were set during training, and both started off easy. I’ve no idea what my go for broke times are.
I’m forty-six next year and before I get there, I’d like to get my 5km time down to 21 minutes and my 10km time down to sub 48 minutes. Both targets seem achievable and according to my watch I’d be able to hit those times today given perfect race conditions, so we’ll see, I guess.
Next year I don’t think I will be able to reach the same mileage. I’ve been freelancing this year and am free to run when I choose to as I can do my work any time of day. I’ll be contracting next year so it will be slightly more difficult to fit the runs in.
I’m aiming to enter two ultramarathons next year, both 50km. That’s a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to them. It’ll be a big step up for me as the longest single run I have done so far is 20km.