Since my last log was all about training for the Dublin City Marathon 2009, I thought if I was going to keep running after that, I would have to start a new one.
So now begins the my process of becoming a real runner. Basically I was a total novice when I started training last february with the DCM in mind. I realised now it is a total noob thing to plan on running a marathon with absolutely no base and no experience of running whatsoever. Miraculously I made it through training and got to the start line. Unfortunately a blow up around 20 miles wrecked my dreams of a 4 hour Run and I had to settle for 4:15.
I said at the time I would never run a marathon again, but after a weeks reflection I am resigned to the fact that I probably will, but if I do I would want to go into it a hell of a lot better prepared and a proper running base behind me. Over the next year or so I therefore plan on running alot of races in the 5-10k range and put down some serious personal bests. I have never done any speed or interval work before so I look forward to getting out on the track, I also hope to get in some proper hill training once a week. My plan at the moment is to follow some kind of version of the Hal Higdon 10k intermediate training plan through the winter. Short term I will be doing the Jingle Bells 5k run on the 5th December and the Aware 10k the following week.
I have only ever had 5 races so I currently have set a PB in every race. They are:
5k: 21.54 (october 2009)
5Miles: 37:38 (July 2009)
Half Mara: 1hr48.08 (september 2009)
Mara: 4hr 15.32 (october 2009)
As you can see my times get progressively worse the longer the distance and so I think with a bit of specific training I can get the times for the short stuff right down. In the medium term I would like to get my 5k time below 21minutes (below 20minutes longish term) 5 miles under 35minutes and post a sub 45minute 10k time.
Maybe next year I will do the Adidas race series again, I would certainly like to get a better time for the half, but that is not the immediate goal or purpose of this log.
I would appreciate any feedback especially on speedwork which I plan on doing once a week starting next week. With that in mind anybody know of a lit running track that I can use in the evenings in the south dublin area? How much etc?