Whilst I’m not much of one for New Years resolutions, I do value setting goals for the year ahead. I believe if you don’t aspire to anything, you’ll struggle to achieve much of worth.
In that spirit, I’ve got three running goals for 2021; Completing Couch to 5K, taking part in ParkRun and finishing the Swansea Bay 10K in less than an hour.
Complete Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K has been my gateway back into running. It’s allowed me to slowly build up my fitness and confidence after many sedintary years on the sofa due to injury and lack of motivation. I think it’s brilliant, and I have been using it since September.
But I haven’t completed it. Eight runs into my first attempt in September I developed Extensor Tendonitis and had to take 3 weeks out to recover. I restarted the programme, as I had been out for longer than I had been running. It seemed sensible.
On my second attempt I made it 17 runs (week 7) before injury struck again- this time in the form
of an old back injury flaring up. Once again I was out of the game- this time for 6 weeks.
This week I began attempt number 3, restarting once again, and this time I’m determined to complete it.
I feel confident injury won’t be a barrier this time- I’m learning about technique, improving my form and managing my back through physio and Pilates.
I’m aiming to compete Couch to 5K in mid February.
Take part in ParkRun
Even before I started running again, I thought ParkRun looked amazing. As someone who works in community sport and development, I’ve long admired it from afar. It’s such a simple idea, executed brilliantly.
It’s allowed runners of all ability to come together and create a shared experience and community, which is so important in the fractured and often lonely age we live in.
When reflecting back on 2020, One of my running takeaways is that community is key and ParkRun is the perfect example of that.
Whilst I don’t think I’ll be joining a running club any time soon, given I can only run for 20 minutes at the moment, taking part in ParkRun when it restarts is a much more achievable goal.
I’m excited to take part in the event, meet people and get to know other runners.
Fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long before ParkRun returns.
Complete the Swansea Bay 10K in less than 60 minutes
If I was Captain Ahab, then the Swansea Bay 10K is my white whale.
It’s the only race I’ve ever taken part in, back in 2009 and 2010, both times for charity.
Despite my charitable motivation, I did set myself a goal of completing the course in under 60 minutes. Both times I failed to hit that mark, once by two minutes and once by 50 seconds.
It really bugs me- even a decade later.
2021 is the year I’m going to put that right.
The race is in September, so I’ve got plenty of time
train and get myself in shape.
I know for many runners completing a 10K in under 60 minutes is a straightforward affair they manage with ease, but I’m currently unfit, around 3 stone overweight and somewhat injury prone.
Once I’ve competed Couch to 5k, I’ll use the Garmin 10k training programme to get ready and prepared.
Unlike the unfortunate Captain Ahab, the white whale will not be getting away from me this time!
So that’s what I want to achieve in 2021. How about you?