Here’s what I’ve been thinking over the last few weeks:

  • I’ve been running to build the base. We all know what this means: build the solid aerobic foundations upon which to add specific sessions that allow us to get faster at the distance that we are targeting.

Here’s what I’ve been doing over the last few years:

  • Nothing other than easy or steady base building.
  • No regular sessions.

Then, last night I was tagged into a post on Facebook by my good friend Shay Walker. Shay’s no slouch as his PBs will attest: 16:51 for 5K, through to 2:50 for the marathon. His Facebook post drew attention to the fact I had used the phrase ‘gotta get faster’ twice online over the last few days. The weird thing was the fact that I wasn’t aware that I had; a quick scan back revealed, of course, that Shay was right.

And then it hit me. I had used the phrase unthinkingly without knowing what it actually meant. I had used the phrase as if actually typing it would somehow bring about the result that I sought. The phrase was a metaphor for the way in which I’ve largely approached things in my running over the last few years: unthinkingly and without real focus.

This almost spontaneous approach to running does have a purpose. It has allowed me to get back into running properly, it has given me endless pleasure and joy, it has given me fresh air and new friends. But there is a downside. I’ve ended up doing more of the stuff that I enjoy but don’t really need to do, and less (or none) of the stuff that is harder, gnarlier, the stuff that will actually make me faster, presuming of course that that is what I want to be: faster.

I think many of us want to be faster. I know I want to be faster. I believe that I can be faster.

Here’s what I am going to do:

  • add a repetition session of some sort each week (track/hills/fartlek/road reps).
  • add a tempo run of some sort each week (progression run/parkrun).
  • I’m going to vary the nature of these sessions over a two week cycle.

Here’s what I’m aiming for:

  • A sub-17 minute Bolton parkrun in 2018.

Total mileage for 2018: 396.



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