Now we’re firmly on the wrong side of the silly season, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and set some targets for the year ahead (I was going to put something self-depreciating here, but yesterday a friend firmly challenged me not to say or think anything bad about myself…so I won’t).
1. The Big London Half – 4th March
The Big Half is organised by the London Marathon people and was created with the mission of demonstrating how sport and community can come together, inspiring people from all backgrounds to take part. They wanted an event that mirrors the diverse demographics of London’s multi-cultural population, it’s new this year and I think it will be a big hit.
This one will be my biggest test in a while and the furthest I’ve really run since the London Marathon 2016 (ohhhhh god, it’s gonna be tough isn’t it?!). However, I have a marathon to run and I need this to push me through the training. I’m sure it’ll be fine…just fine.
Race Goal: Not be last. Not be sick (that’s not negative, just realistic 🙂 )
2. Reading Half – 18th March
I’m super excited to be joining the Reading Half team as a race ambassador this year. Reading has been on my list for a few years now, not least because it’s one of the largest and fastest half marathons in the UK, but also because of the incredible finish inside the Madejski Stadium. Three weeks before Paris, this is good timing for me to practice an even marathon paced run, I can’t wait for this one!
There’s an exclusive training morning being held this Saturday (6th Jan) with an exciting line up of workouts, training advice and Q&A’s. There’s still a few spots available here if you’d like to join in.
Race Goal: Run at an even pace. Don’t get too excited
3. Paris Marathon – 8th April
All being well, Paris will be marathon number 14. It was also my second marathon back in 2012 when I ran with my friend Porridge, and I have fond memories of the beautiful city (I say ran with, she beat me, but we drank champagne together at the end).
Porridge – this one’s for you xx
Race Goal: Get round. Don’t be a fool
4. Poole 10k – 3rd June
This is one of my favourite races of the season. Held in my home town of Poole in Dorset, the 10k is part of a Festival of Running that includes a series of minithons for children and a new half marathon this year. The Poole 10k was my first ever 10k and I love it.
Race Goal: Dare I utter the phrase PB…? Sub 45 would be just super please
5. Canada Day 10k – 1st July
I’m heading over to Vancouver in July, which just so happens to co-inside with Canada Day, and they’ve thoughtfully put on a 10k in my honour. It would be rude not to wouldn’t it?!
Race Goal: Earn the post race Canada Day cake (they said there would be cake…)
6. Great North Run – 9th September
Having tried for years to get into this, I finally succeeded in 2017 but, knowing I wouldn’t be able to run with any kind of conviction, I decided to defer. This year Newcastle and I are going head to head. I’ll be ready.
Race Goal: To smash it. Sub 1:45 at least
7. Berlin Marathon – 16th September
Again, I was gutted to have to pull out of this last year, but I was lucky enough to get a ballot spot for 2018 so I’m taking it as a sign that it was meant to be. Armed with a group of Chasers, this is the big one for me this year.
Race Goal: PB please
8. A sub 21 minute 5k
A tall ask? Maybe. But, if I can go sub 22, I can go sub 21. Goal before the year is out.
9. Complete my first triathlon
I don’t know when or where, but I fear I can no longer get through another year without succumbing to peer pressure. You’ll find me at Wednesday night swim sessions soon. Maybe…
10. Swim Serpentine – 2 miles
I’m adding this to the list for two reasons, firstly I can’t bring myself to leave the list at 9, and secondly, if I do this one I get a HUGE London Classics medal that’s awarded to people who have completed the London Marathon, Ride 100 and Swim Serpentine. Call me shallow, but I want it. The only caveat is that I can’t find a date for 2018 and it may clash with Berlin. Fingers crossed (although I’m not quite sure for which outcome).
Let’s get cracking then…