Numbers are everywhere. You wake up in the morning & you see numbers on your alarm clock; you catch the bus at a specific time and it takes you to get the train at a certain time to catch your train. Numbers, and specifically time dictate a lot of the actions throughout my day.
This goes the same for running – I want to be able to run faster, longer and better.
I just thought I’d throw up a quick blog about my running progress from 2013 to present, as the results are quite interesting!
I my first year of sprint triathlons, I was really new to this. I had only been running since the October before in 2012, and had ploughed through the winter into 2013 and out the other side, and then decided to have a go at some sprint triathlons! – newsflash… I enjoyed them if I am entirely honest! – the challenge, the exercise & just something a bit new.
When I started running, I pretty much did couch to 5km – it took its time, and I got there eventually, and as such, my running during 2013 was pretty much exclusively limited to 5km runs, some 7ks, and a few 10ks.
Since 2013, my training focus has shifted and it is fair to say that the majority of my training runs are normally 10k’s with a few 5k’s, and 12/13/14/15k’s as longer weekend runs.
So with that in mind, I took a look at some of the stats and compared year on progression. The good news is… I have progressed!
|10km||54m 41s||52m 04s||49m 40s|
|15km||–||1h 27m 23s||1h 14m 17s|
|10miles||–||1h 34m 03s||1h 19m 53s|
|20km||–||1h 57m 38s||1h 40m 30s|
|1/2 marathon||–||2h 00m 00s
|1h 46m 27s|
Year on year….
- My 10km time has come down by 5mins, from 54m 41s to 49m 40s
- My 15km time has come down by more than 13mins!
- My 10mile (16km) has come down by more than 14mins!
- My 20km time has come down by nearly 17mins.
- My half marathon has come down by more than 14mins, possibly more like 18/20mins, based on a 20.3km vs 21.1km half marathon distance.
That is the progress in one year from 2014 to 2015 – imagine where I will be this time next year!
This gives me even more confidence that I can go sub 1hr45m for a 1/2 marathon, and possibly even sub 1hr40m.
With Peterborough Half Marathon & Stevenage Half Marathon fast approaching, I would like to think that i could do one of these targets by then.
Now that’s what I call progress.