Posted on: 17 Dec 2013

Hi all,

As we are nearing the end of 2013 ( where has the year gone?!!) & many of us are taking our last long runs for the year, it's a time for reflection & looking forward to our goals & aims for 2014.

After running my second London Marathon way back in April I was left happy with a new PB (4.13.28) but also the sence that I could do more & push myself just that little bit harder. As many of you know I am having one last crack at London next year to try & hit my goal of a sub 4 hour marathon.

I really do believe I have this in me & if I can stay injury free & have a bit of luck along the way I will finally achieve my ambition of finally breaking that sub 4 hour target time.

I haven't really achieved much more in racing terms this year, I have entered a couple of 10K's & recently smashed my PB at The Great Eastern back in October, but my focus has always been London since I was last in the capital.

I have improved my times & grabbed a few PB's along the way in all of my distances from 10K, 10 miles, half marathon & marathon. I am really pleased with my overall progress this year & 2014 is going to be my year!!!

Onto my blog title, Having A Plan Is The Way To Go!! I am finding that having a marathon plan & seeing the runs being ticked off gives me that extra motivation & drive that I am making steady progress.

Today was ment to be a 4 mile tempo run, but with the weather due to be horrid tomorrow I decided to change my schedule & swop my L/R & tempo runs over. This was a good move as the skies were clear & the air was crisp, even the sun made an appearance today.

My plan says 14 miles, so I laced up got my music ready & I was off. The first few miles were slow, as the crisp cold air was making it hard for me to get into any sort of rythem with my breathing. After clocking 8.40 then 8.25 per mile I started to get into my stride & the miles soon started to add up.

Instead of listening to music today I decided to download the Marathon Talk Podcast. This is a great feature they do every week talking all about running, is perfect to listen to on those long runs, & even motivates you when you are struggling. It made a change to just listening to the same running tracks each time I go out. I think i'll leave the dance tunes for my tempo runs.

Back to the 14 miler & I completed it in 1.53.35 with an average mile pace of 8.06. I was really happy with this & I felt I could of gone on for longer, I even started to speed up from mile 10 onwards, maybe sticking to this plan really is helping!!!

I'm out for a tempo run tomorrow if the legs are ok, if not then just a steady recovery run, then my usual 10 miler at the weekend & that will be me done until after Christmas where the plan kicks in again.

I have loved every minute on here & you guys are amazing. Although I have never met any of you, you are all great friends to me & hopefully next year i'll get the chance to finally meet some of you.

Have a wonderful relaxing Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Here's to a great 2014 & many more P.B's!!!



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