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I need a running/exercise goal for 2017
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Figure17a · 27/12/2016 09:27

I've been a runner for c. 10 years, now 46 yo. I love it and don't know how I got through life without it Grin

However, I do seem to have lost my mojo a bit of late and need some new motivation.

In 2013 I did 13 half marathons (i.e. 13/13/13). This year a took some swimming lessons and did a triathalon. I did think maybe i could develop that but have discovered I HATE swimming!

I've done a marathon in the past, glad I did but not something I want to repeat ATM. I reckon it took me the best part of a year to recover mentally and physically.

I don't fancy the obstacle/mud run things that are so popular, prefer low key local events.

So, any ideas?

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lljkk · 27/12/2016 11:15

What would be different for you? You've done half-M, so you've done distance. Have you ever targeted speed, trying to improve your 5km for instance? Those very muddy runs put me off too, but what about fell-running?

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emummy · 27/12/2016 11:20

Have you tried trail running? Less emphasis on times, more about the scenery and the experience, I find it very relaxing some days! And it gives you the chance to run races in great places.

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Figure17a · 27/12/2016 11:23

Thanks lljkk. I live about 250 miles from the nearest fell but I do do a lot of trail running in summer and the cross country league in winter. I do love that.

Maybe a real push to improve my times for shorter races would be good but I struggle to know what a realistic goal would be.

ATM my 5k is 23:40 and 10k 48.58

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lljkk · 27/12/2016 11:28

Do you know your VO2max?
(You could pay to find out if you don't already)
Then use this chart to find out your potential times.

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lljkk · 27/12/2016 11:29

Also what about some kind of relay racing?

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chutneypig · 27/12/2016 20:53

Would an annual distance target suit you at all? I've just signed up for 1000km virtual medal thing in 2017 and there are 1000 miles and other options.

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Figure17a · 27/12/2016 21:09

Hmm, it might but tbh I don't alway wear a watch (have actually set all my pbs when I left the watch off) and generally cba to log milage etc. Maybe that should change but I can't see me sticking with it

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lljkk · 28/12/2016 12:45

I hate logging miles, too, what a faff.

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lastqueenofscotland · 28/12/2016 20:39

Parkrun tourism challeng? Get to 10/20/30 different events whatever is realistic for you in a year

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lljkk · 28/12/2016 21:50

Orienteering? People take the race part very seriously!!

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