Running

All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says. โ€“ Haruki Murakami

Target Distance Jan: 100 Miles 0

There is no finish line

I’ve been running on and off for more than 30 years, with a smattering of racing – mainly half marathons. I’ve also completed the New York City Marathon twice. Despite that many years pounding pavements, a couple of goals have eluded me – a 40 minute 10k (PB 40:55) and 90 minute half marathon (PB 1:32). So, this year I’m doing my very best to see if I can stay the right side of one hour thirty in September’s Great North Run, my very favourite event of the year.

Having focused last year’s training on the NYC Marathon in November, I managed a 1:45 in September’s Great North Run. Clearly there’s plenty of ‘quality’ work to do over the next few months! I’ll be incorporating tempo runs, hill repeats and interval training into the regime and I’m planning to cover around 35 miles per week for the bulk of the year, increasing the long Sunday runs to around 15 miles nearer to race day.

I’ve just replaced my 16 year old Horizon treadmill with a ProForm Premier 1300 which offers higher top speeds, steeper incline and iFit (Google Maps and StreetView to relieve the boredom). That said, the bulk of running will still be outdoors. Nobody enjoys treadmill running, do they?

I’ll blog about the year’s preparation for September 10th and I’ll also try to incorporate some thoughts on yoga with a focus on asanas (poses) which I feel help with recovery, stamina and pace.


Countdown to the Great North Run