2017 done and dusted so like every other runner on social media, time to reflect on a year of moving one foot in front of the other and repeating, all to burn enough calories to eat some dinner.
Previously, in 2016 I kept a deliberate 200 miles per month target and finished on 2507 miles, and managed to PB at every distance as well. More miles seemed to work.
For 2017 I wasn’t planning to keep the streak going but with training for my first 100 miler it sort of happened to run on and once I got to June I wanted to keep going. With a highest month of 305 I kept the streak going and finished 24 consecutive 200 mile months and an annual total of 2652 miles. December was tricky having the MK Winter Half cancelled to knock a few miles off, and snow made running distances tricky.
WORD OF CAUTION –
High miles shouldn’t be undertaken with no prep. Despite being an uncoordinated, awkward looking runner I’ve managed these miles by increasing SLOWLY.
I was worried the ultra training would kill my speed this year so started running with a 6:40min/mile paced session from Redway Runners to keep my speed up. It worked but was tricky on the mind going from 6 min miles to 16 min miles over the course of a few weeks.
The speed work seemed to work and I managed a 5k at the MK Rocket only 1 second slower than my PB the previous year, a sub 40min 10k in Paris and a HM PB at 1:32. Didn’t manage to beat my 2016 marathon PB of 3h15 but did manage two at 3:17 in October so heading the right way.
Main achievements this year were running my 100th marathon and getting the coveted 100 Marathon Club vest:
Along with my second 50 miler at the SDW50 in preparation for the 100:
Which went well:
Then a misguided attempt to do a further 100 at the Autumn 100:
To finish the year I managed a parkrun PB just before Christmas and 8th place finish. All in wraps off a successful year.
Next year due to combination of bad planning and bad luck I have an odd schedule:
- London marathon ballot? FAIL
- Berlin marathon ballot? FAIL
- Grand Union Canal Race (145 miles) ballot? WIN (the ballot where winning makes you wince and jump for joy simultaneously).
- Ride 100 ballot – TBC (yep to honour my Dad’s passing and his keen cycling racing as a lad I’ve entered a ballot to ride for a 100 miles on a bike I don’t yet possess and relying on some mucking about at the BMX track with the boy. What could go wrong?).
The other races I ‘have’ to do are:
- Thames Path 100 – The third of the Centurion events. It’s in May and flat. I’m aiming for a sub21 or maybe sub20 if I can train properly.
- Milton Keynes Marathon – I’ve done every year. I have to go. It’s in May. It’s the bank holiday Monday following the TP100. With luck I will have 24hrs rest before hobbling around the course trying to avoid the sweeper bikes.
It’s fair to say May will be challenging. Did I mention the GUCR is also in May? Yep I have 3 races booked next year, combined distance of 270 miles, all in May.
Main goal for 2018 is to enjoy the running. Less marathons, more fun stupid stuff. 1st January was the parkrun New Years double at Linford Wood and Milton Keynes, with faithful doggie training partner:
Best of luck to everyone next year, and smash those running goals!