Running and racing for that matter has not really got going this year,niggling injuries, xmas pounds, lost mojo and general lack of motivation are amongst the ever expanding list of excuses to do anything other than run!
I had decided that 2016 was going to be different. I ended 2015 with a spell on the tarmac with the aim of losing a bit of weight and picking up a little speed. It worked. I managed to pick up some PB performances across most distances with 23:22 for 5k and 48:40 for 10k. So i headed into xmas and new year pretty happy… that’s where it all changed.
Like most normal folk, everyone likes to fill there faces with food and booze over the festive period, i am no different, i am still stuffing my face and it’s the middle of Feb! Time to sort it out.
I am going to cross train a little bit more this year and focus on building up my core strength to reduce the amount of niggly injuries i get down to poor position whilst running and my back being the main source of posture support. I have committed to a couple of different events this year already and re-ignited my love for playing Squash, although i am no Nick Matthew by any means!
I have only raced twice this year so far, The Grand Day Out Askham Trail Run in January, which was a brilliant event, born through disaster, produced through fantastic community spirit. It was a pleasure to be involved in the day and i hope it is back next year.
The second race saw a return to the Windy Hill Fell Race, a 9 mile early season blast with a testing climb up to Blackstone Edge on the bleak Lancashire moors. Considering my lack of meaningful training i was happy overall with 1:36 on a tough day, but nearly 7 minutes down on last year. That said, the conditions on fell races are so varied from year to year that i’m not sure comparing times is even a meaningful progress tracker (unless of course you run quicker).
The event was well put on by Cannonball Events with chip timing, a good route and i even managed to bag a spot prize at the presentation.
So where next?
Ilkley Moor beckons this weekend, a new race to me and one i am very much looking forward to. I have heard good things and it’ll add some strength to my legs, that’s for sure!
Following Ilkley, some of the events i have booked are:-
Harewood House Trail 1/2 Marathon
Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round
Black Coombe Fell Race
Liverpool 1/2 Marathon
Grizedale Offroad Duathlon
Haglofs Open 5 – South Pennines
Anniversary Waltz Fell Race
Lakeland Trails Staveley
The Ben (Entry Pending)
So, it’s time i got some focus to get out and do these events justice.
See you on the fells…..