Now that I have run my last serious race of 2016 it’s time to start looking forward to 2017, set some goals and plan races and adventures. This year I managed to achieve some big goals, for example going sub 1:15 in the Cardiff Half Marathon and getting to run the London Marathon. Similarly to 2015 once I had achieved certain goals I failed to set new targets for the second half of the year. Despite that I ran some great races and was happy with my times.
My PBs I will be looking to better in 2017 are:
1 mile: 4:43 (City of London Mile 2016)
5k: 16:31 (Run Through Battersea Park 5k 2015)
I always find it hard to set new goals but I think the big one for me in 2017 has to be the Marathon. I was hoping to go closer to 2:45 in the London Marathon this year but I couldn’t quite hold the pace in the last few kilometres. Due to Boston including heartbreak hill I may have to look for a flatter quicker Marathon in the second half of the year to improve my time considerably. However I’m going to be prioritising track, tempos, hills and the long run in training for Boston and I will see how it goes. Here’s a list of the races I’ve got lined up so far and my aims:
Brighton Half Marathon – 26/02/17 – 1:13
Essex 20 – 05/03/17 – improve on 2:03 from 2016
Colchester Half – 12/03/17 – beat 1:16 from 2016
Boston Marathon – 17/04/17 – 2:45-2:50
Night of the 10,000m PBs – 20/05/17 – sub 34 minutes
City of London Mile – ? – 4:35
I’m really looking forward to the races I have lined up. As well as the ones mentioned above I am going to take part in a couple of XC races in January to build some strength. I’m always on the look out for more races so if there are any you’d recommend drop me a message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram etc. Also let me know what races and adventures you have planned.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be carrying on with the Advent Running run streak and may take part in the odd parkrun/Santa run to keep me entertained until the new year.
See a lot of you soon