Cardiff is a lovely race. Ran it last year and I found it really well organised! Would be running it again this year but I'm targeting the other side of the bridge in Bristol for my A race this autumn.
This targets thing is a really interesting discussion. Has anyone ever used the term SMART objectives? Its about setting goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. I think its really important to use this philosophy with your running goals.
You will always want to run further, faster. You'll always set new PBs you want to achieve. But making them Achievable and Realistic is the key I've found. If you go out saying you want to run a 2h30 marathon, when your current PB is 5h, its not very realistic. However if you then time-bound it and said "By 2020" thats a different matter. Then you can set yourself 6-12monthly targets in more achievable chunks.
Setting a less aggressive achievable realistic target that you meet, is much more gratifying when you achieve it than it is to miss out on what, in hindsight, may have been an unrealistic goal, which can have a really negative effect on your running.
Just my £0.02!
2 runs in post paris. Getting into the 10k mindset is difficult after doing so much distance!
4 easy miles with the missus on monday and 6 x 60s hill sprints last night at sub 5k pace. Missed a couple of my splits by a few seconds but was pleased with the session as its still a speed I never thought possible pre-mara. Only bad side is, I seem to have a case of plantar fasciitis. My heel/arch "joint" is sore to walk on.
Going to see how I get on with tonight steady 5 miler.