Goals for 2011

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’ve started taking them off the front of the shoe when I’m not using them as maybe keeping them stretched all the time is not good for them.

I arrived at Bellahouston Leisure Centre at 8.50am for a shower before work only to discover that it doesn’t open until 9am on a Tuesday! So I went for a 10min walk otherwise I’d have got quite cold!

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)

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6 Responses to Goals for 2011

  1. Vicky Hart says:

    That's a great set of goals there John. 10-20-7 sounds like a traget you should be able to manage if everything goes your way. Good luck. And all the best for 2011.

  2. Grellan says:

    Very organised and clear goals John. Looking forward to having a go at your “guess my time” competition.

    The yaktraks seem to work very well. Knowing my luck if I order them the snow and ice will have gone by the time they arrive.

  3. Andy Cole says:

    Hi John, Clear as always but do you think your goals are consistent? Sub 10 for the Fling and sub 7 for the Devils are middle-of-pack sort of times which I would hope to get somewhere near to myself, whereas sub 20 for the WHW (which you have already beaten twice in the past) is a really class performance in my view. I would be interested in your view (and others) on how you set your target pace for different lengths of event. I know a lot of the guys treat the Fling as a training run, but I also know that you're not one of them! Maybe I'm wrong but it might be worth comparing a few runners performances in the WHW and Fling (those who are clearly trying for a good time in both)to get some sort of a feel for this?

  4. Johann says:

    Fantastic goals there John. All well within your reach. Here's to a wonderful and ijury free 2011.

    Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas.

  5. ann says:

    The Ultras really are something else and I think it's brilliant the amount of running you have set yourself.
    Hope you get to compete in the the la Palma (Canary Islands) Transvolcania sometime. It's 83km which might sound a doddle to you but in the heat and with accumulated ascents of around 4,000m and descents of 4,000m, quite a toughie. If you do, we'll come and cheer you on!

  6. What about your “other” goal? 🙂

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