2014 Running Goals

new distance? PB? novelty?

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27/01/2014 at 12:32

Following on from my 2013 Running Goals thread, I thought i'd throw this out there as a motivator to improve this year.

Last year I failed to make my sub4 marathon time, scuttling home in 4:19, albeit that was a huge PB for me. This year the same marathon target is in my sight. I'll find out on April 6th in Manchester whether this wet winter training has been worth the effort.

After that, I hope to race a lot more 10ks this summer, and into autumn, and improve on last years 46:25 PB. I'm not really sure what sort of improvement is realistic given my current fitness and the level of training I'm likely to do, but I think with some consistent training, I'm going to first aim for sub 46, then work from there. Perhaps 43:59 by the end of the year?

As well as 10k, I'll try to improve my 5k PB from last Nov of 22:55. I'm going to see how close to 22:00 I can get the next time I do a parkrun, then try to chip off a few seconds as the year goes on, and see how close I can get to 21:00 by the end of the year. These 5k and 10k targets will obvisouly be pretty closely correlated.

Last year I had a bit of injury after the marathon in May, so fingers crossed this year I can avoid that and keep up the training consistently throughout the summer.

How about you? What have you got in your sights for 2014?

27/01/2014 at 13:54

Time is a non-starter for me; instead my plan is get my weekly long run up to 20 miles. I've started the year on 15 miles, so I've got a reasonable base to build on.

27/01/2014 at 14:06

Quite simply, to run more and get faster. I've set my PB aspirations below. I've got plenty of races planned and I hope to actually be able to beat these sooner rather than later to set myself some more by the end of the year as my weight comes down.

Yearly Milage: 1000+

Weightloss: 30lbs


28/01/2014 at 15:12

Thanks AG good goals btw

I only have a few this year.

Do my 2nd and 3rd HM. Try and get one of them under 2 hrs.

50% WAVA parkrun. (its a weird one but a long story).

more interval training.

Although if this cough / cold carries on any longer I might have to change my goals to complete c25k plan.

28/01/2014 at 15:26

After failing to even get to the start line for 2 marathons last year my first target is to get to the start line at Manchester. My ITB is fairly under control so with a bit of luck I should manage it. If I get there I am targeting 3:59:xx but with a cheeky eye on 3:45. After that I will set myself some more targets for the rest of the year

29/01/2014 at 10:57

@ Carterusm. Goodbye ruby tuesday, come home you silly cow.

29/01/2014 at 13:45

Run up to 2500km in 2014, more than 2013 tally of 1250km.

Run 100km in a week.

Average 60 to 70km per week during March to September while training for two marathons in June and September.

2014: 5k in sub 18 minutes, 10k in sub 38 minutes, HM in sun 85 minutes, Marathon in sub 3 hours and 5 minutes.

2013 SBs: 5k in 18 min 52 secs, 10k in 38 min 58 secs, HM in 88 min 1 sec, Marathon in 3 hours and 9 min and 35 secs.

Edited: 29/01/2014 at 14:21
26/02/2014 at 10:35

My first crack at improving my 10k time this year failed on Saturday as I finished in 47:05, 40seconds shy of my PB from last year. This was a warm up race for a marathon in 6 weeks time, so i'm not too downhearted. Apart from a bit of illness this winter, i've had no injuries and running has proceeded reasonably well. I have another 10k tune up race before my marathon, and i'll aim for a PB in that one too, and see where the chips fall. As ever, my marathon target is sub4. I'm hoping I can manage this at the third time of asking

26/02/2014 at 13:08

The bump has made me notice it didn't save my goals! Probably due to a Less Than Symbol.

Anyway, heres mine again

5k - Sub 23
10k - Sub 48
HM - Sub 1h50
M - Complete one

Marathon training at present so no progress really on 5k or 10k. Hoping for a new Half PB in a couple of weeks at Fleet though.

Weightloss is going well though. Targetted 30 and since last post I'm at 13lbs lost. Hoping to hit that before my Marathon, and have some revised targets to aim for after that.

26/02/2014 at 14:57

Going to go back and re run the route of the 2.5M run that I ran and  first entered into my first running diary on Aug 1st 1984

Hopefully about 1st Aug this year.

26/02/2014 at 17:36

Nice work on the weight loss, Matty.

You'll probably find that the marathon training will have the happy side effect of bringing down your 5, 10 & HM times just through improved aerobic stamina, so maybe pencil in a parkrun a couple of weeks after your marathon (when the legs have forgiven you) and you'll probably smash your 5k PB.

Enjoy the reminiscence, birkmyre

27/02/2014 at 08:10

I'm hoping my first goal will acheived this Sunday - 100 Half-Marathons.

My first was at Reading in 1984 - and Reading will be this Sunday - similar to Birkmyre as an anniversary.

I also want to get to 150 parkruns and complete 2 marathons.

AG - you may find your faster 10k times come after your marathon - I've found that in the past.

03/03/2014 at 18:19
andyp wrote (see)

I'm hoping my first goal will achieved this Sunday - 100 Half-Marathons.



Goal no 1 achieved

03/03/2014 at 18:49
Goal 1: 50th parkrun (currently in the high 20s so, barring catastrophe, should be a formality)
Goal 2: sub-20 for 5k (should be doable, current pb is 20:51 on a hilly parkrun course)
Goal 3: Race some 10ks. Signed up for the Cragside 10k in April. Have no concrete idea of a time goal until I race one, but definitely sub-50 as a starting point.
05/03/2014 at 13:08

My three lifetime running goals are still unaccomplished so have made 2014 the year to do all 3 (well as least 2!)


Goal 1 - sub 40 min 10k. PB is 41:03, bit of work to be doen but fairly confident I can achieve it. No 10k races planned yet, although Stirling 10k might be the one.


Goal 2 - sub 90 min half. PB is 91:49. have 3 half marathons coming up in April/May, with the Prague half in 4 weeks the best chance I think.


Goal 3 - sub 3hr marathon. PB 3hr 26m. This one is obviously going to take a huge amount of work, and I think i'm probably not going to have the time this year, but will see how it goes. No marathons booked but if I'm going well through the summer then the Loch Ness marathon is potentially on my radar. Even a decent improvement on the PB would be awesome.

05/03/2014 at 13:09

Oh yeah, and I've been roped into a Tough Mudder team for June - should be interesting!

14/03/2014 at 17:27
andyp wrote (see)
andyp wrote (see)

I'm hoping my first goal will achieved this Sunday - 100 Half-Marathons.

Goal no 1 achieved

just saw this, well done

14/03/2014 at 20:22

5k: 21m

10k: 44m

Half: 1h38m

Hopefully all realistic as only already running just over 45 min 10k.

14/03/2014 at 21:06

cartersum-we'll drag each other round for the 3:45

after last years 13challenges in (20)13 though i did 15, my aim is to do 1000miles,and raise money for macmillan

16/03/2014 at 07:26

after breaking my half and full marathon goals last year, this year i'm going to take on the shorter races at a higher speed. current 10k pb is 45:08, and would like to go sub 45, should be easy since im doing training run 10k's in the late 45's/early 46's

other than that, im living in the states now so i have a whole list of new races to enjoy, living in San Francisco makes training interesting for sure, the hills...omg the hills, its like road fell running in places. love it.

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