2011: Your Best Running Year Yet (Preview)

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Posted: 14 December 2010
by Sam Murphy

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I've ticked most of the 'must-do' boxes in my 20 years of running, from 5Ks to marathons, a multi-day event and even a night run. But I've never raced a mile, attempted cross-country or donned fancy dress. Nor have I run a European city marathon or braved a fell race.

"Many of us get stuck in a pattern of doing the same training and the same races, year after year," says Keith Anderson, running coach at Full Potential (fullpotential.co.uk). And while this may give you a very accurate performance record, it is unlikely to yield the best results - or the most enjoyment - from your running. "If you don't mix up the distance and type of event you're working towards, your training can become stale," says Anderson.

This year, why not let your running take you on a journey of exploration? Our slideshow provides a whole year's worth of races to aim for, challenging your speed, stamina, strength and skill. Whether you pick and mix or take on the whole challenge, the chances are that 2011 will be your fittest year yet. Look out for me at the Amsterdam Marathon - I'll be the one in the big fluffy bear suit.

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2010 has been my worst year - I have been struggling with injuries.  There say time heal!  Roll on 2011.

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 15:42

Hopefully you have managed to get to the cause of the injuries and 2011 will be a better year........

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 15:44

 It's my groins my football career is over
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 15:47

My lungs are no good either!
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 15:49

My toes are messed up!  Chiropdist said I need to have operation
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 15:50

I have my fingers crossed that I will be running in 2012 Olympics

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 15:57

I need to have a sport test but damn thing is so expensive!  Does the NHS do it?  And where is the nearest sport test in Kent?

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:06

Whats a "sport test"?
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:21

Have you got a list of runs for next year?
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:25

A lengthy test that monitor your  fitness.

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:34

Ian M wrote (see)
Have you got a list of runs for next year?

Was going to but I changed my mind.
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:36

Ian, I always imagine your avatar as being a real life  where you're looking up at the previous poster, or maybe pretending to be a contestant on Celebrity Squares with Lennie Bennett.
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:45

Karen Samuel wrote (see)

A lengthy test that monitor your  fitness.

Would any gym or PT not do that?  Though I wouldn't have thought the NHS as its not really a health issue. 

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:47

Karen.......I think a lot of universitys do them in their sports science departments...might be worth looking at you rnearest one......

PP you are showing your age.......celebrity squares.............who did it originally

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:56

Phil, It's part of the forum feature that allows me to look up lady posters skirts. It's like an advent calendar but with bigger surprises.
If you could flip your photo though 180 you to could get the same thrills and frights.
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 16:58


Sport test  I think this one is Hampton.

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 17:08

Ah - see what you mean. Seren is right - Sports Science Institutes do them.  You could volunteer to be a subject for someone's dissertation......
Posted: 16/12/2010 at 17:16

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 17:18

Not students.

Posted: 16/12/2010 at 17:19

i live in hampton and that places has excellent reviews so maybe its worth coughing up for...............

or go a be a guinea pig at brunel or st mary's for sport science students- i sometimes get a cheap sports massae that way!!!

Posted: 17/12/2010 at 11:52

Forumites I found this list of races you may find useful


Posted: 28/12/2010 at 13:36


FormitesI find this it might be useful

Maybe listening to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cmgPHR2W0&feature=related 

Posted: 16/01/2011 at 00:09

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