I ran less than 500 miles last year, 200 less than the year before. I never got around to running a second marathon and only ran one half marathon. The sole running bright spots in 2009 were my two PRs in the 5K and 7K.
This is just another instance of a repeating pattern in my life. Let’s call it the perpetual Sophomore Slump. It all comes down to that horrid word, complacency. I work hard and accomplish a lot in the first year/semester/term/etc and then I forget how much work was involved, get complacent and start hurdling down the steep slope to Failville.
Now it’s time to crawl back out of my self-made slackass hole and get serious. Let’s start by looking at my stated goal for last year. It was, and I quote, “Get faster.”
Technically ‘get faster’ is measurable, but I don’t do well with generalities as I’m a bit of a perfectionist and will always expect more of myself. So, here are my three concrete running goals for 2010 which I will very clearly either fail or unfail by year’s end:
- sub-30 minute 5K
- sub-60 minute 10K
- sub-5 hour marathon
An attempt on Goal #3 was set to happen in March at the Rome marathon, but that’s out now. My training has sucked during the holiday season and I also have a conference I need to attend that week. Thankfully I hadn’t registered for Rome yet so I’m not out any money.
So, I looked around for an alternative marathon in late spring and decided on Edinburgh on May 23. I spent a semester there as an undergraduate and love the city so it’s a great choice. It also doesn’t hurt that it was rated the fastest marathon in the UK by RW. Sweet!
I’ve already registered so there’s no backing out and no flaking on my runs. Training officially begins on February 1, so I’m spending the rest of this month trying to undo the excesses of the past three weeks and get back on track.
To add to the fun, there’s the Bath Beat on April 10. It’s a day for walking the countryside in and around Bath but you can also run it. They basically give you a map marked with the route and locations of some refreshment stops and you make your own way around. There are four distances to choose from: 12.5, 17, 21 and 26.5 miles. According to my training plan I should be running a 20-miler that weekend, so the 21 mile course is the obvious choice. However a small part of me (the crazy part) is considering the 26.5 mile course which is nuts since it’s a hilly trail run and I’m not a fan of hills. I need to sort this out soon though so I can sign up. Please, someone talk some sense into me.
All right, back to enjoying the rest of my vacation which sadly lasts only a few more days. Hope you all have a great week. Catch up with you when I can.