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Coming up in December

The Christmas countdown is on, for some that means Christmas parties, over indulging and then working on losing the excess weight come the new year. For me it’s a busy month of racing. Last year I was still doing my race a week challenge for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and if you include the parkrun I raced 7 times between the 1st and 31st. This year I do have a few races but no where near as many as last year.

First up is this Sunday. At the start of the year I did a blog post titled “2016 Running Goals” in it I set myself the following targets:

  • Beat my 10k PB and break 36:00 minutes
  • Beat my HM PB and break 80:00 minutes
  • Get back down to sub 18 for 5 and beat my parkrun & 5k PB’s
  • Break 60:00 minutes for 10 miles
  • Break 29:00 minutes for 5 miles
  • Win more races and achieve more podium finishes

I’ve achieved everything I posted above, except one thing and that is to break 60 minutes for 10 miles. Well technically I did it on my way to my half marathon PB at Chester but at my only 10 mile race this year at Tad 10 it didn’t go to plan. This Sunday is my last chance to break 60 minutes at Guys 10 in the North West. The forecast is positive and the route is flat, so just need to make sure this week not to over do it in training and then to pace sensible on Sunday.

The following Sunday I’m having my first crack at the 7 mile distance at a race called the Longridge Xmas Pudding Run, I picked this as next week is my cut back week and always like to have a race at the end. The race isn’t easy with 4 miles up hill and then 3 miles back down. We do get a Xmas pudding and medal for our troubles. I did consider doing the Bolsover 10k again. I enjoyed this race last year but because it’s not a UKA race it does not appear on my Power of 10. When I missed Abbey Dash I consider the fast Telford 10k but it was sold out, this is why I settled for a different distance. I have a back up option down in Walsall with the Sneyd Striders RC Pudding run with a 10 mile and 5 mile option. Should something happen which means things at Guys 10 didn’t workout or I didn’t make race, I can fall back on this 10 mile option or if I want to practice 10k pacing I can do the 5 mile option. I prefer being able to pick a race the week leading into it, as you can judge what is best for you, rather then booking months in advance.

My last race before Christmas will be the Denby Dale Travellers 6. The toughest 6 mile race you will likely find. I did it last year and for some sadistic reason I actually enjoyed it and want to pace better then last year, conditions permitting.

I will be watching what I eat over the Xmas weekend and making sure not to indulge too much because on 27th I have the Northern Athletics 10km championship at the Ribble Valley 10k. I had planned to do it this year but flooding meant it was cancelled so I did the Ward Green 6 (5.6 😛 ). I’m hoping to finish the year by getting close to my PB of 35:14, again conditions permitting.

I complete the month and 2016 with a parkrun and my first since April, with my weekends mainly focused on longer runs, I aim to try and squeeze one parkrun in a month just to use as a time trial and indicator of fitness/fatigue level. I will wait closer to the date to select which one I will do, with Stretford or York the most likely destination.

So what do you have lined up over December? let me know in the comments below. If you are doing any of the above then let me know so can say hello.

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