Like everybody else on the planet, I have spent some time over the last few weeks thinking about my dreams and aspirations for the year ahead. I prefer not to make resolutions, but I like to reflect and refocus.
A few months ago I wrote a post called Reluctant Goal Setting, where I talked about some of my plans. Looking back at this, I have not managed to tick many of them off the list! I did not get my weekly mileage up to 35 before Christmas (in hindsight, I think this was unrealistic, I’m not even at 35 now!) but I have picked a marathon training schedule and I’m starting to get used to doing speed work on the treadmill. Oh and I purchased a full length mirror after wanting one for EVER (pretty irrelevant but it was on the list).
My fitness goals for 2013 remain the same:
1. Run a sub 2-hour half marathon;
2. Run a sub 4:30 marathon.
PLUS, I want to tone up so I need to focus on eating well and doing strength and core work.
So far this week I have only been on one run. Monday was an optional rest day…you don’t need to invite me to rest twice :). Yesterday I was due to run 5 miles with 3 fast miles in the middle, so it looked like this:
1 mile warmup @ 11:45 pace (how slow??)
5 k ‘fast’ @ 8:23 pace (no splits as I was on the tread’)
1 mile cooldown @ 11:15 pace
The 5k took 26:04 which is my fastest ever timed 5k. YAY! I was really happy as this cold has been bugging me and I wasn’t sure I could do anything ‘fast’ without being able to breathe :). Tonight’s session is meant to be 5 miles at steady pace. As I’m feeling even more bunged up today I do not have high hopes but I’ll see how I go.