As we enter the final few weeks of 2019 my thoughts turn towards goals for 2020. 2019 has been a bit of a washout in terms of advancing my running, but having got to where I am now I’m confident that next year will allow progress to be made – and I am so excited about that!
My main goal for 2020 is to complete a half marathon. I’ve got six months for get ready for Chester half and am confident that this is a realistic ambition. A secondary goal is to take part in 20 races, I figure this will be pretty easy to achieve with a lot of the year remaining. Just take a look at the back of my 2019 wall planner – a cost neutral and environmentally friendly planner for 2020.
I’ve also decided to get back to swimming as prior to taking up running I spent a lot of time at the pool, swimming two or three times a week for up to an hour each time. Swimming is a great exercise for building lung capacity as well as being low impact and working to strengthen loads of muscles. Having been somewhat inactive (for me) for the past year I feel I need to start building more movement and strengthening my whole body.
As for this week, I’m happy to report things are going well. After the 5k charity run my left thigh was a problem but a few days rest and on Monday evening I was able to run a steady two miles. Thursday morning I ran a non-stop (apart from crossing roads) steady paced 5k, something that I’ve struggled with ever since my injuries. I’ve done strength work at the gym and started back at the pool where 20 lengths of ‘granny’ breast stroke (as opposed to how proper swimmers do it! Apologies to any proper swimming grannies reading) made my upper arms ache nicely. I’ve been a bit lax on doing my physio exercises fully or regularly instead doing bits of the programme randomly.
It’s all good stuff and setting me up nicely for the next Borders League race on 1st December.
Have a great week, K x