Well I survived half term! While I had a break from BMF I did manage to run 4 days and clocked up a decent 25 miles, so running is still on track.
My plans for 2012 are to run at least a race (10K or Half Marathon) a month. I have some personal time goals I’d like to meet for 5K, 10K and HM this year which I had thought, for some distances, were a bit of a long shot! However after taking 4 minutes off my HM PB last week I’m thinking anything’s possible! Watch this space! With a lot of blogger and twitter buddies training for marathons this spring I have to keep my goals in mind especially as now I am reading about their increasing long runs going over my distance and getting designs on running a marathon myself. No… plenty of time for that next year!
I planned two spring half marathons to make sure I had a good shot at a pb and a good time. Having achieved that last week I won’t be greedy for my next outing at the Silverstone HM in 2 weeks but hope to be able to match my pace to prove it wasn’t a fluke! So my running continues with HM in mind although I will wait and work on any significant improvement on 1.55.49 for the Autumn.
I will then focus on 10Ks for the spring and really must get back to parkrunning on saturday mornings and running 5K’s! I am hopeful the shorter runs will help my poor feet recover enough for painted toenails and sandals in time for summer! Even going up another half-size in running shoes hasn’t spared my poor big toenail recently. Ouch and Eewe!
My race plans for the year have already been tested, having to change my plans for February, so I’ve looked into other races for the year keeping an open mind and the possible need to change my plans where necessary. I would race more if I could but have to balance my races with my family’s activities and one a month is manageable at the moment.
One race to mention is the Macmillan Cancer Support 10K fun run on 17th June in Regents park which might be my June race, depending where I am.
Additionally if you are looking to support a good cause and run in the South West please consider running for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.“I am writing on behalf of the Bath and Bristol Fundraising Team of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to ask for your support by putting your training and muscles to good use and signing up to one of the Run Bristol events in aid of the charity. Muscular dystrophy is a devastating, incurable and life-limiting condition that causes muscles to waste away, making people progressively weaker and preventing them from performing simple tasks that we take for granted, such as turning the pages of a book or brushing their hair. There are 60 different types of muscular dystrophy and over 70,000 babies, children and adults are affected by the disease, 6,000 of whom are in the South West. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign strives to provide care and support to individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy; fund research into finding cures; campaigning to improve services available and awarding grants to provide specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs. For more information please see our website – http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org. Our ultimate goal is to rid the world of the condition for good and our fight against muscle wasting disease depends on the support of people like you . As you may be aware the 2012 Bristol 10k and Half Marathon is being held on 20th May and 30th September respectively and we are looking for runners to raise vital sponsorship funds. You can use your muscles to help those that cannot. If you can help, please get in contact with Nick Hearne via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 07771374836. We will support you every step of the way by supplying sponsorship forms, t-shirts, fundraising ideas and of course we will be there on the day to cheer you on. You really can help make a difference to the lives of thousands of people affected by this devastating muscle wasting disease. Thank you!”