Looking ahead to 2015

Looking ahead to 2015

Jean Harlow in shorts. Caption "P"reparing for 2015

What have you got planned for 2015?

As I type I have no events booked or any plans for races. I know I would like to do another half marathon, hopefully this time with my mum. I would also like to repeat some of the events I did in 2014 to see if I can better my time. But apart from that I have no plans and I feel that I really ought to set some!

So, to help me work out what events to do, I’m setting myself some goals for the year.

Parkrun. I’ve finished 2014 with 11 parkruns under my belt. I’d quite like to get to the magical 50 runs by early 2016. I’m not sure I can make 39 runs in 2015 but I think I can do 24 which will put me well on the way to that red t-shirt.

5k time. At the moment my fastest 5k time is 27:23 and I’d quite like to get this down to 26 minutes. This links nicely with my parkrun goal.

10k time. My best time is 57:56 and it would be good to get this down to 55 minutes by the end of the year. There are three 10k races I did this year that I’d like to do again, Bearbrook, Stowe and the Womens Running Finsbury Park, which are all in the second half of 2015. So I’ll need to find at least two other 10k races before June to help me reach this target.

Trail running. After doing my first trail race at Stowe I’m quite keen to do more in 2015. I don’t really mind the length of the course (well as long as it’s less than a half marathon!) as long as it’s in a beautiful part of the countryside.

Cross-country. My club takes part each year in the Chiltern Cross County League which happens from October to February and they like to encourage all members to take part. It can be cold, muddy and wet, with routes plunging you through knee high streams. Despite this there is a little bit of me that is tempted to join in. I’ve got until October 2015 to talk myself out of it but if I don’t expect to see muddy photos on this blog!

Cani-cross. I’ve run with my dog a few times but since meeting the Cani-cross runners at Stowe I really want to try this type of running with my pooch. I think he’d have lots of fun running cross country, trying to get to the front of the pack.

Dogs at the start line at a canicross event
Dogs at the start line of the Stowe Pace Setter 10k

How do you plan your events and races? Do you have any recommendations for trail events or 10ks?

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