2018 is my first full year as a runner and my first year competing in the Sleaford Striders Athletic Clubs race series. I am by far not going to win the series, I am still learning and getting myself stronger. That said, it is all good fun and for me very exciting. As you maybe able to tell, running has become a big part of my life and a major factor in my recent recovery. I’ll talk about the later in another post.
2018 will be a massive year for my running and myself. For someone who battles with social anxiety, I have some big challenges ahead but challenges that I will win! The end goal is too big to miss out! Below is my schedule. There are some runs to be confirmed as entries are not open yet.
7th Jan – Cross Country – Completed in 57 min. This was my first cross country since I was a child, a very young child. The distance was 10k and ran over 4 laps. The highlight for many was running through a freezing cold dyke and ankle deep mud. 57 min does not sound fast but with taking caution to prevent injury for future runs and the fact the conditions were tough, the run was faster than I had expected.
3rd Feb – Rauceby Ripper – Completed in 1 hour 24 minutes. This was the first run in the race series and it was a 8.7 mile muddy trail run. The points we receive for this race in the series were low. Many other runners, like myself took caution for the conditions and made sure we got back safely. with generally running 5, 10 and 21k, 8.7 miles was a new distance and hard on how to know which tactics to use other than caution. Overall, it was an enjoyable run which I ran at a comfortable pace. I know I could of given a lot more and maybe next year, I will!
4th Mar – Ashbourne 10 mile – Not in the race series, this will be a nice steady training run. It is a 5 mile out and 5 mile back route following the stunning Tissington trail, an old railway line connecting the peak district.
18th Mar – Lincoln 10k – Again, as with Ashbourne, this is not in the race series but my local cities 10k. I have entered this with aiming to run sub 50 if possible. I know I can do it providing conditions are suitable ie weather, crowd etc.
8th Apr – Bourne Woods 10k – A warm up run ready for the next race series run. Set in the stunning Bourne woods, the course is generally flat with one main hill.
15th Apr – Grantham 10k Cup – Located at Belton house and taking part during the Belton Horse trials, This is a difficult trail 10k taking in a steep hill twice. A race series run.
22nd Aprl – The Longhorn – 10k trail run located at the Thoresby estate. Training run.
6th May – Not a race but marshaling at the Sleaford half marathon.
13th May – Clawson 10k – A race series run.
22nd Jun – Summer Solstice – A run along the lanes of Long Bennington. – Part of the race series.
24th Jun – Grimsthorpe 10k – A difficult hilly course but my second time doing this stunning run.
8th July – Caistor sting in the tail – Part of the race series, a 10k with a big hill at the end. Part of the race series.
12th Aug – Nottingham 10k – Moving away from trail running and back to the road. Part of the race series.
9th Sept – Great North Run – The start of a big couple of months and my half marathon season. Running with almost 60,000 other runners at the worlds most popular half marathon. Don’t expect to see me at the front 😀
16th Sept – Rutland Half Marathon??? Possible weekend off, possible half as it is in the race series.
22nd Sept – Equinox24 – Equinox24 is where you run as a team and try to complete as many 10k laps as possible. I will be running with 8 other team members under the name ‘Team Freedom’. We will be raising funds for a charity called Hope for Justice. We will be running a minimum 3 laps each.
14th Oct – Peterborough half marathon – A flat and easy half marathon to warm me up the week before Bilbao.
20th Oct – Bilbao Night Half Marathon – Yep, i’m travelling to Spain to with the running club to run and have a wonderful weekend visiting this great city.
Unconfirmed date – Retford 10k – Part of the race series.
25th Nov – Doncaster 10k – Final race in the race series. a nice 10k finishing at Doncaster race course.
Unconfirmed date – Stilton Stumble 10k – Part of race series.
Waiting to see what is on…
Monday – Stamina followed Drills: The first allows use to build up stamina, we do tasks such as Fartleking, Lamposts etc which all contain a mix of jogging, running and sprinting. Drills is where we focus on technique.
Tuesday – Steady 5k around town
Thursday – Club run night. Run between 5-10k
Sunday – If not a race on, then a local run of around 8-10 miles, sometimes less.