Running is great when you have goals and races, but here in Vancouver there isn't the same racing fixture list as back in England, and as such I pretty much have no races to target over the winter. So what would I train for? Planning a spring marathon or half-marathon is one thing, but it's still quite a long way away and doesn't provide any intermediate fixtures to keep the calendar busy.
Also, since getting back from Europe, this city has been miserable. I can't remember a day when it hasn't rained, and with the clocks going back it's dark when I leave work. Who wants to go out in the dark, wind and rain every evening? I don't want to run on a treadmill, that's boring, so what do I do?
What I need is a BIG kick up the backside!
It's not that I haven't trained through similar winters (although England tends to be cold rather than wet), but back in Loughborough I had a training group of 60 other guys and girls to train with. It's sad to say, but apart from one Sunday run with Jay, I haven't trained with any of the guys from VFAC since mid-summer. I need to get back in the club scene and arrange to train with the guys again!
I've decided that I can't just take the easy option and take a break or stop. If I had achieved my potential then maybe, but looking at my personal bests, 10k through to the marathon need some revision:
- 10k - set on a hilly course. Give me a flat course in the same shape and I'm a low-32min runner.
- Half Mara - got a massive stitch and walked for two minutes. Sub-1:12 is possible.
- Marathon - stitches, cramps, the wall... one day the 2:30 barrier is getting smashed.
So here's an open invitation - email me firstname.lastname@example.org with a time when you're running in the evening (I'm free from 6:15pm) and I'll do my very best to meet up.