A quick 3 month progress report on my 50×50 challenge.
The parkrun part of my challenge is going very well approaching the end of the first three months. 13 down, 118 to go. Ahead of target.
Including today’s two New Year’s Day ‘extras’ I’ve done 13 parkruns since starting my challenge, including 4 new courses. Hopefully I’ll squeeze one more parkrun into the first three months next Saturday. I’ve only missed one saturday parkrun, when I volunteered instead because of a 10k the next day, and also missed the Christmas Day extra run last week. I’m therefore well ahead of target on runs completed, so have a few ‘in the bank’ in case of injuries or an attack of laziness.
Including parkruns before my challenge started (and ignoring Christmas Day and New Years Day), I’m now on a ‘streak’ of 18 consecutive parkruns run or volunteered at. My best parkrun ‘streak’ ever. Don’t worry, clothes are remaining firmly on! The ‘Chase the Place’ competition by parkrun and Lucozade was a great motivator too. I completed that (along with just over 4,000 others) but didn’t bother entering the draw in the end, because I wouldn’t be ready for a Spring Marathon even if I had won the place.
parkrun time improvement not so hot at the moment. In fact no actual improvement since the 23.06 at Riddlesdown the week before my birthday and the start of this challenge. Sub 23 is tantalisingly close but stubbornly staying out of reach. Oh well, nobody said this would be easy. My excuse is that my focus has been on extending my Sunday long runs rather than knackering myself the Saturday before a long run. Sounds like a good excuse to me ! Mud is also another excuse. My two main venues, Riddlesdown and Banstead are definitely slower in the winter (honestly!) because of the slippery conditions. After a couple of 25ish runs at Riddlesdown, blaming the mud, I finally got trail shoes and managed a 23.16 first time wearing them.
My 4 new courses have been Lloyd, Fulham Palace, Tonbridge and Clair, with Fulham Palace and Tonbridge being inaugural events. They are all relatively easy to get to from home. The beauty of parkrun is that they are all quite different.
Other events not on target, but not too worried yet. I completed the Brighton 10k on 17th November in 51.31. I was aiming for sub 55 so was pleased in that respect, but then thought…if only I’d pushed a bit harder I could have gone sub 50 ! Never satisfied. First medal added to my challenge stash anyway; 49 to go, and first of my 50 specific goals (complete a 10k) albeit about the easiest one. But you’ve got to start somewhere….as some ancient philosopher probably didn’t say.
Training mileage probably just about on target, despite Peppa Pig’s sneaky attempts to scupper me (see older post). Right now, I can’t be bothered totting it all up, but its all squirreled away in my Garmin Connect log for later nerdy inspection.
Other running highlights of the last three months…
- Getting my first GPS watch…a Garmin Forerunner 10. Basic model but have really been enjoying it.
- Getting my first ever trail shoes…Adidas Kanadias. REALLY make a difference at Riddlesdown in the winter.
- Reading lots of running books…will eventually review some here…favourite so far ‘Eat and Run’ by Scott Jurek.
- Have signed up for Jantastic, starting on 6th January. Can’t wait. www.jantastic.me
- Totally addicted to several running podcasts. MarathonTalk and The parkrun show are just brilliant and really help to keep the motivation going.
- I’ve signed up for the MarathonTalk training weekend in February. It’s at Sandy Balls in the New Forest. I know, I know; so many puns have already been done on the MarathonTalk forum and Facebook pages that I’m not even going to bother. Sounds like it will be a laugh.
That’s really it for now. Four and three quarter years to go. Roll on 2014.