2013 Running Goals

new distance? PB? novelty?

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25/04/2013 at 15:24

Blimey, andyp, you're not hanging about.

25/04/2013 at 15:26

Not quite sure yet.  Any goal will be training for 2014 target which will be either Race the Train or the London to Brighton.

25/04/2013 at 17:19

Under  1.45 for my next half marathon

25/04/2013 at 22:59

Good fun reading through this thread and the completely different distances/targets.  I've got a few of my own....

5k in under 20 minutes: I've managed 22:08 on a 5.1k route, but I'll start attending parkruns to target it.  My brother and I have a bet on who'll achieve it first!

10k in under 43 mins: Official PB 45:26, but I've ran the first 10 of a 13.1k race much quicker and two half marathons this month (themselves faster than my only other half) with a first 10k of 45m flat.

Run my first marathon, lined up for Athens in November.  It's been a good start to the year, and hope it continues when my knee lets me train again!

25/04/2013 at 23:19
Sub 17 5k, sub 35 10k and sub 80 half...

1 of 3 done. May struggle with the half target mind you!
26/04/2013 at 01:27
Agent ginger, post marathon I always get a few PBs in the 2-8 weeks after.

You've got the boost from marathon training so just need to tick over a bit.

2-6 weeks after I've done PBs across the board 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half m. 10k is good one to go for. Set yourself some races.
26/04/2013 at 07:51
AgentGinger wrote (see)

Blimey, andyp, you're not hanging about.

Trying not AG, although my running style is distinctly "plod"

26/04/2013 at 08:23

I'm aiming for 12 laps of the 6.2 mile course at the TR24 in July and running the Sussex Stride in September. I'd also like to do the Beachy Head marathon in under 5 hours in October - then I can rest

26/04/2013 at 09:02

I'd like a sub 48 minute 10K, a sub 23 minute 5K, a sub 2hr half (finally) and to just get around my first Marathon.

26/04/2013 at 10:58
Well, a sub 3hours marathon and collect some points for The ultra trail mont blanc. Probably doing a 3 points race in June, which leaves me half a year to do 2 other 2 points races. Might actually go all the way this year and run it next year already
26/04/2013 at 15:28

AgentGinger, good luck in your marathon this weekend!!! what time are u aiming for?

29/04/2013 at 16:07
Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)

AgentGinger, good luck in your marathon this weekend!!! what time are u aiming for?

Cheers Angela, I couldn't make it to manchester this weekend, unfortunately. I've booked into Milton Keynes at the last minute. I'm hoping I can keep my fitness ticking over for one more week, so my goal is still 3:57:05 or quicker. We'll see how that turns out on the day. Given my only marathon to date was in 5:08:22, I'll be astounded if I don't get a pretty huge PB whatever happens.

29/04/2013 at 16:11
Fit-Running-Cat wrote (see)
Agent ginger, post marathon I always get a few PBs in the 2-8 weeks after.

You've got the boost from marathon training so just need to tick over a bit.

2-6 weeks after I've done PBs across the board 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half m. 10k is good one to go for. Set yourself some races.

Yeah, i heard that, and i'm hoping to capitalise on it. The 5k PB shoudl be easy enough, as my PB is 25:55, and i've run the second half of a 10k faster since. My 10k PB is 46:25, so if i could knock another 30 seconds or more off, i'd be really pleased. I plan on doing 2-3 parkruns in the 6 weeks after the MK marathon, and i've booked in a couple of 10ks too. One is only 6 days after so I may not be recovered well enough to beat my existing 10k time, but it'll give my legs a turnover. The other is about 3 and a half weeks after, a freebie around canary wharf, it's not an ideal route, as it's twisty circuits of the wharf, with lots of bottlenecks and running past busy bars etc, but i'll do it with a few friends, and have a beer after, so it'll be fun.

29/04/2013 at 17:42

Thanks for the update AG. Been wondering how you did yesterday. Enjoy MK and the redways!

30/04/2013 at 13:47

Hi AG, when is MK marathon?  I'm doing Halstead in 12 days... taper madness

30/04/2013 at 14:00

Well we're well into the year now.  At the outset, targets were

  • 5K sub-21,  (not yet run one)
  • 10K sub 45, (highly unlikely.  Only achieved 48 - but still a '20yr PB')
  • HM, sub 1-45  (achieved a PB around 1-48...  but can I find 3 minutes??? )
  • Marathon sub-3-50 (not yet entered a 2013 marathon.  Could look at Chester.

My running is sort of OK... but treading water a bit. The targets were ambitious but even taking that  into account, I'm not particularly happy with how I'm progressing.


02/05/2013 at 09:48

Chin up, Run Wales. We're only just in May, two thirds of the year left yet.

MK Marathon is on Bank Holiday Monday, so 4 more sleeps, or rather 4 more torturous taper days. In the 4 weeks after i'll be trying to improve my swimming beyond 25m sprints of the pool, followed by gasping like an asthmatic. I'm going on some watersports activity hol in June, so could do with being a bit more confident about not drowning. Nothing like a bit of motivation.

After that I'll be spending the rest of the year trying to improve the 5 and 10k times. Given my 5k PB is 25:55 and I ran the second half of a 10k recently in 23:07, I reckon i can knock a big chunk off. 22:xx shouldn't be too much of a stretch with current fitness, so perhaps 21:xx something by the end of the year? I'm not sure what's realistic at this end of the spectrum. It's not so long ago that I thought breaking 25mins for 5k would be a tough ask for me, but consistent marathon training has helped me shift those goals.

I'm not sure how much I can improve on the 46:25 PB for my 10k, but should be able to get under 46 with some focused speed work, and perhaps even 44:xx is a reasonable goal for the year. I'm just going to train consistently and see where the chips fall. Perhaps I'll be happily surprised.


06/05/2013 at 23:09

So AG, how was it?

08/05/2013 at 11:05

well, goal of 3:57 was on target at half way, but i faded hard in the heat during the second half and finished in 4:19.

Still a PB, but a little disappointed that I couldn't capitalise more on the training miles i've put in over the winter. Hey ho, it wasn't to be, and it'll spur me on to train harder next time. I've entered VLM ballot, and if unsuccessful in that, will try another spring marathon next year.

For the time being, I'm turning my attention to shorter distances, hope to get an "official" 5km time below 25:55 which is my quickest recorded time, and hope to knock a chunk off my 10k PB of 46:25 with some focused speedwork training.

This week i'm doing practically nothing though, and then for the next 4 weeks i'll be spending a lot of time in the pool trying to improve my swimming before going on a watersports hol in early June. During this time i'll just be running for fun, no watch, no pacing, etc, just get out as and when i feel like it.

When i get back from my holiday, I'll book some 10k races in, and do some parkruns in between them. I aim to "race" either a parkrun or a 10k every 2-3 weeks. There's a 10k in Battersea Park on 13th July that I'll be doing, and again on 3rd August, one in Victoria Park in London on 7th Sept, and back in Battersea on 19th Oct and 30th Nov.

I'll be trawling the forum over the summer hopefully picking the brains of some of the speedsters on here for tips and guidance.

I have no real clue what is realistic to expect from 6 months of 5-10k training, so i'm just going to train hard and see where the chips fall.

20/07/2013 at 20:55

I ran my 50th parkrun this morning.



How is everyone else getting on?

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