Joe Mackie, Deputy Editor
Runner since: 2001
Biggest running achievement in 2011: Not a vintage year. An ankle injury and the resulting surgery in March meant I couldn’t run at all until the summer, then over-exuberance/ stupidity put me out again with Achilles tendinitis. What’s that we’re always telling you about the ten per cent rule? But sometimes running is all about bouncing back.
After a long lay-off your goals change, and I’ve got a real sense of achievement from just being able to cover some ground again. My best bit of running in 2011 was breaking sub-18:00 in our three-mile ‘friendly’ race with the guys from London Marathon HQ. I’ve still got a long way to go, but that gave me a taste of where I’d like to progress to next year.
2012 running resolutions: Single leg squats, calf raises, stretching, and building slowly and steadily towards the important goals rather than just pushing every session.
Races planned and targets: The Virgin London Marathon is the big one. It’ll be my first attempt at London and I’m aiming for a marathon PB. A year after coming out of the hospital on crutches that would be especially satisfying. If all goes well with that, I’m aiming to build to a longer trail event in the summer, too.