At the start of each year I like to set myself some goals, and writing them down publicly is the best way to make sure I actually stick to them! 2019 will be a big year for me, and here are the top 6 things I want to achieve in this next chapter of my running journey:
1) Complete the London Marathon
This is the big one! All my training for the next 4 months will be geared towards getting me to that starting line fully prepared, rested and injury free.
2) Complete 100 parkruns in total
Parkrun has become such an important fixture in my weekend routine, I can’t see me stopping anytime soon. I’m up to 74 runs as of today, so I’m hoping to reach 100 in late summer this year.
3) New PB at Walthamstow parkrun
Gone are those happy first few months of parkrunning where I could pull off a PB nearly every week! PBs are harder to come by these days but I’m hoping that marathon training will push my fitness levels higher than before and improve my time if only by a few seconds.
4) sub 29 minutes at Walthamstow parkrun
My current PB is 29:17, so it will be quite tricky for me to take this much time off my PB, but I’m going to give it my best shot! I’ll definitely need all the help I can get from my lovely friends at Walthamstow for pacing and moral support.
5) Volunteer 25 times at parkrun
Parkrun is entirely dependent on volunteers each week, so I want to make sure I’m doing my bit to keep it going. You are rewarded with a lovely purple T-shirt for volunteering 25 times which will be my incentive to keep signing up. I’m hoping to do a mixture of roles from barcode scanning to pacing.
6) Run as a VI guide at least once
I’ve seen increasing numbers of visually impaired runners at parkrun this past year and would love to help guide someone at one of my local runs. I’m set up on a couple of guide running groups, and just waiting for someone to come along who would like a guide as slow as me!
What are your running and fitness goals for 2019?
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Read all of my London Marathon 2019 training progress here: London Marathon 2019