What am I currently capable of running?
So let’s begin. Where am I currently at? What am I currently capable of? I started running in 2016 and ran my first 10k on 1st January 2016.
Let’s take a look at my yearly milage since I began. In 2016 I ran 90 miles and spent 14 hours running. This was an important year because I building up my milage and actually getting my fitness to the point I could run multiple miles back to back. 2017 saw a big rise to 447 miles at this point I was well and truly into the sport. 2018 would see a slight dip falling short of 400 miles and clocking in at 394.7 miles. The next year, 2019, would see my lowest milage year since I started running. There are some rthym and reasons behind this curve. In 2017 I would run my first half marathon “Hastings Half Marathon” in a time of 2:02:57. Just shy of the 2 hour mark. Also immedaitely after finishing running and stopping the watch, to realize the time. I decided I needed to go sub 2 hours. From there on out this was my running goal. In September of 2018 I would beat the goal with a time of 1:56:33, a whole 18 months after setting the goal. This is because half marathons, for me at least, took a lot out of me.
- I needed a month or so after one to rest and let my knees feel free again
- It took several months of training to get to 13.1 miles.
With these points in mind it took considerably longer than I thought to break the goal. Although between my first and goal breaking half marathon, I had only ran one other in a time of 2:12:19, quite the disappointment. Then in 2019 I had no goals to run for and let me tell you running is hard! So when I had nothing to go for the motivation dropped. Hence the 230 miles. Hence the sub 20 goal. I always thought it would be cool to run a sub 20 5km but never thought it possible. I’ve decided to at least try!
Now let’s take a look at what sort of times I’ve run.
The only events I have really pushed for a PB have been the 5k and half marathon. Currently my PB for a parkrun(5km timed run weekly!) is 23:44. So I need to shave off 3 minutes and 45 seconds in order to achieve my goal of sub 20. Incase you’re not a runner, that’s a bloody lot of time! At the moment, I have ran at the 24-25 minute mark, so even further off the time.
What’s the plan?
So? The action plan is to first go for a sub 22, still 1:44 off my PB. To start this journey I’m going to just try and get back to regular running. Running anywhere from 3-6 times a week. I’ll always be taking one day to rest. I’ve given myself such a wide range of days to run because I just want to get back into some routine and forcing myself to start with 6 days will probably lead to burnout. The rough idea for my running will be the good old, easy hard easy hard routine. It’s a simple concept but the easy days are ways that you can get some miles under your belt but still recover. Hard days are where you push yourself either through a faster run or a longer run. For now it doesn’t matter which we are doing but I’ll be aiming for a longer(ish) run and a tempo run throughout the week.
Hopefully this gave you a good idea of my current level and a short overview of how I’m going to progress this insane goal. Until next time! Keep running