2013 isn't over yet but I thought I would put down some thoughts and reflect on the year.
It started pretty well, a new PB at Edinburgh parkrun and then it went a bit flat. I blew up at Alloa half marathon. Started off to fast and got a monster stitch. I then focused on London marathon. My first attempt at London, a race I was really looking forward to but, if I'm honest with myself, I didn't put the training in for it and ended up with a time that most would be happy with but I knew I should have gone sub 3 hours there.
Excuses put to one side. It's true I didn't like having 100s of runners next to me for the complete 26.2 miles and I did feel I wasnt able to get in to a comfortable pace but training was the main point of failure! Lesson learned for 2014 Edinburgh marathon!
The middle of the year was taken up by the wedding. All training went out the window, not because I had to give it up. I just lacked something.
After the wedding and honeymoon I was back and determined to have a good race at Glasgow half marathon and boy did I have a good race. I loved it, great course, plenty of room to run. I could run my own race and it's the first time I've felt so strong with 3 miles to go. I finished with a season's best and felt great.
The next target was Glen Clova half, a smaller race compared with Glasgow. A more challenging course but I ran 3 seconds faster than I ever have. Finishing on a PB at the end of the season felt great.
I would say my runs at Harrison park helped with the half races plus doing more weekly miles also helped. I've still to improve my parkrun time but the weather hasn't been kind! That will be a 2014 target... Sub 16min club would be nice!
I'm now training with Edinburgh AC 3 times a week. Tuesday track session, Thursday hill work and endurance and then a Sunday long run which is either 12 or 14 miles at 7min/mi pace.
I stopped running at HP as it felt like a race every Sunday and I was shattered!
My new training plan is going to follow Hal Higson's 18 week marathon plan. Focus on race pace runs as well as training smart and running easy when it says so! Not every training run needs to be at full tilt.
2013 has been good but I know 2014 is going to be even better.
Bring it on!!