I don’t know what’s shocked me more…how long it is since I last posted or how quickly this year’s gone by. I’m still waiting to truly get into my 2021 running groove too.
It has been a mish mash of a running year which is probably the reason for the lack of posting. Much of the first 6 months was generally taking it easy to build strength back in my knee after what seems to have been a touch of tendinopathy. This was followed by 6 months of stuttering starts of running and a few work related curve balls. I’ve managed to get a good string together now over the Holidays, albeit mainly soggy ones. This one pretty much sums up the attempts I’ve had to get a solid spell of running in over the last few months:
This post is all about next year anyway and what I’d like to achieve. It’s always easy to be ambitious and have amazing delusions of grandeur as I tuck into another sherry and mince pie but I’m being realistic. I’m also going to stage my goals so create A, B and C goals. That way, when curve balls turn up and derail plans, it doesn’t stop my running in it’d tracks altogether.
It’s all about building up the base and confidence to run another decent ultra over the summer. The idea of my A, B and C goals is that even if I only manage to get my C goals, I’ll still get to where I’d like to be and am likely to manage these, even with any life that gets in the way. A or B goals would just be a bonus. So…
By end of Feb 2022:
A Goal – half marathon at 5:00/km pace
B Goal – half marathon at any pace
C Goal – 150km run during Feb
By End of April 2022
A Goal – marathon at 5:00/km pace
B Goal – marathon at any pace
C Goal – 200km run during April
By End May 2022
A Goal – 50km run at 5:30/km pace
B Goal – 50km run at any pace
C Goal – 250km run during May
By End Jul 2022
A Goal – Sub 12hr 100km run
B Goal – Sub 14hr 100km run
C Goal – 100km run completed
So there we have it…either a nice way to build up a list of future disappointments or a nice way to build up my running without the stress of a single goal which may waver. C goals are the primary target allowing all manner of get-out clauses but, if all goes well, we can see if just the occasional A or B Goal is possible.
Let’s see…I’ll document the progress on the way.
The eagle-eyed will notice my 2022 goals stop at the end of July. If everything goes to plan then it may be that the goals for the end of the year become even more outrageous.
Let’s not run before we can walk though. Figuratively obviously as this is all about running.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2022 can bring a year of running happiness.