I ran into work this morning. It was pretty cold but once I’d warmed up it was fine. My Yaktraxs, despite one coil having broken, worked fine. They are working so well on the compacted snow that I’m running on at the moment.
I like to set out my goals for each year. 2011 will be my fifth year of running the Highland Fling and West Highland Way races. I have a clearer idea of what is possible and what I should be aiming for.
From the first year in 2007 I found it helpful to give myself bronze, silver and gold medal goals. Obviously I’d always like to be able to run faster each year but that’s a lot easier said than done.
My bronze medal goal is my basic goal and one that I feel I’m capable of achieving barring injury or unforeseen circumstances. In the past I’ve set it as finishing the race but for next year I have set a time which I feel I should be able to achieve even if things go slightly wrong.
My silver medal goal is my realistic goal. It’s based on what I’ve done in the past and know that given good weather and no major problems I should be able to achieve.
My gold medal goal is my barrier breaking goal. I thought about whether I should set this as pb’s but to be honest I would be more than happy to achieve any of these goals even if it meant missing out on a pb.
My pb’s in the Fling, whw and Devils are all just under the goals set anyway so I might well achieve them.
So here they are ….
There are two other overall goals that I’m aiming at for next year.
1. Triple crown
This is the unofficial combined times for the three races on the West Highland Way.
In 2009 my combined time was 36hrs 36mins 35secs
Fling: 9hrs 49mins 11secs
WHW; 19hrs 51mins 59secs
Devils: 6hrs 55mins 35secs
I would love to get as close to that as I could or even break it?? Sub 10, sub 20 and sub 7 has a nice ring to it.
2. SUMS (Scottish Ultra Marathon Series)
In 2010 I finished 3rd in the Super Vets (over 50) category. I would love to do as well or even better next year but a lot of that depends on who else is planning to run at least four races. There are lots of good Super Vets out there! If they all turn up I’d be happy to be in the top 10.
I think I’ve given myself a better chance this year as I’m only doing four races and feel they are better suited to my strengths. I tend to do score more points in the longer hillier races than the shorter flatter ones.
So we’ll see how that works out. It’s an added bonus rather than the main goal as it depends on factors I can’t control.
Tues 21st Dec Run Details
6.14miles in 49mins 24secs (8.03pace)