Last week I looked on this very blog, and clicked on the Race Reports tag and read through the 4 races I have done this year. I started this blog at the end of December and wrote what I thought were realistic but really hard goals for the year:
18:30 for 5km – well I haven't done this one, but I think I might have done it as a 5km split in a 10km race! I can run 18:30 for 5k
38:00 for 10km – done and then some. My PB is 37:22 and I think I could be in sub37 form now.
1:25 for HM – done and another 3:10 more off! I didn't even dream of a sub1:22 at Christmas, but it's done now!
London Good for Age time – done – Goal creep led to 3h being the true goal, but I did my original goal, and 3 is just a number, I'll do it some other time.
So all in all, I can't complain!
I obviously need to keep running, but I will take some down time, then I think I might try the Jack Daniels 5 week cycles, but skip all of the easy runs as they will be replaced by cycling.
I still have a 10k run in the Köln bike and run to do, a 14.3km run in 2 weeks as part of the Wingerts Cup (maybe a chance to win too) and Mannheim relay marathon, but now I have learned that it is unofficial distances, it somehow doesn't seem as important anymore!
After Mannheim I might take a month or so of just easy running, then start on the 5 week cycles.
I hope the cycling season goes as well as the running season did. It's a lot harder to quantify things in cycling (until my power meter arrives anyway) but a 5:30 bike split is required in Köln, 5h would be even better obviously!