There’s still plenty of running to do in 2016 but with all my target races completed it’s time to relax and look back on my running year. And what a year it turned out to be!
Doesn’t time fly?! Can you believe it’s 3 months since I wrote anything on here? It’s not because I’ve been injured or had writer’s block; I’ve just not had anything I’ve wanted to say. Which is highly unusual for me!
As we rapidly progress into the final quarter of the year, and with no more racing scheduled for this year, I thought it was the right time to reflect back and look forward.
The first quarter of 2015 was the adventure of my first ever marathon training plan; stretching my longest run from 13 miles to 20 was far more enjoyable than I expected!
And what can I say about Q2 of 2015?
Quite possibly the best period of my running career to date. The experience of running the London Marathon was almost indescribable! I also added the cherries of a new road mile PB at the City of London Mile and a 5k (parkrun) PB on my birthday too.
The third quarter picked up where the second had left off – securing a mile PB at the Iffley Road track – but after a tough 10k in the Great Newham London Run, the fatigue of such a cracking first six months was creeping in. I was running regularly but not training specifically. The dreaded junk miles were starting to increase. Races were getting tougher and the frustration was growing.
I managed to refocus enough to secure my second quickest half marathon at the recent Oxford Half Marathon to finish off my season. The last few miles really showed up the lack of race specific training – the beauty of hindsight!
I’m now enjoying taking it easy for a couple of weeks – the first time since last Christmas. I’m still running of course but nothing too long, nothing too hard. It’s providing an opportunity to be a bit more social and to pull together some coaching ideas for the spring, not to mention giving some consideration to my own winter training!
I was looking forward to today’s Juneathon activity and it didn’t disappoint. Today, as well as my own success at the City of London Mile, I had success as a coach.
A Saturday is normally a running day for me but I want my legs to be fresh for the City of London Mile tomorrow. There’s still been running-related activities though.
After the heart rate induced rest day yesterday I am pleased to report the heart rate was back to normal levels this morning and I certainly felt well enough to head out for a run with the club tonight.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to observe another coach’s session as part of the England Athletics Coach Development Programme. Tonight I put myself, and my Tuesday night group through it. Who knew ten-and-a-half minutes of running could be so challenging and rewarding.
Four years ago I started my blogging career thanks to something called Juneathon. Both my running and blogging have gone from strength to strength and I’m really looking forward to this year’s 30 day extravaganza of “activity and excuses”.
Up until a couple of months ago, a mile was just something I repeated over and over in any of my many runs. In April I found fondness for the mile and entered a competition that I subsequently forgot about. Today, I claimed my prize at the City of London Mile!