My goal to run faster at 40

IT’S been a while since my last blog post. I’ve been on a Greek island coming to terms with turning 40.

It’s been tough. I always thought 40 was old, until last week when I suddenly realised how young it is. Except it’s not really. And I started worrying that if I want to achieve certain running goals (like a sub 20-min 5k, sub 40-min 10k and sub 1 hr 30 half marathon) then I’d better get on and at least try to make them happen before it’s too late. I am 40 after all.

As many of you already know, running has not been a priority for me for a while. I stepped back from training and racing to finish writing my book and complete my master’s degree in writing. So, it’s been two years since I was at my peak fitness.

That’s a long time and I’ve lost a lot of fitness, which is a bit of an understatement because in many ways, I feel like I’ve lost it all. But, and it’s a big BUT, I still believe that these old legs of mine can achieve the times I’d like.

Yes, I’m older. Yes, I’ve not done any consistent training. Yes, it’s years since I ran a PB. But I’m going to give it a go. And if it all goes horribly wrong, I can at least say ‘I’ve tried’.

What have I got to lose?

The sub 20, 40 and 1-hour 30 are obviously my big goals. I’m not going to run these times tomorrow. It’s going to take hard work and consistent training for the rest of the summer, into the winter and beyond.

My current PB’s are:
20.09 for 5k;
40.31 for 10k;
68.56 for 10-miles;
and 94.22 for the half marathon.

In my current state of fitness these are a long way off. I ran 44 minutes for a 10k last month. So, it’s important to set smaller more realistic goals. For example, I’ll be aiming for a sub 44-minute 10k, sub 1-hour 40 half marathon and sub 22-minute 5k by the end of the year.

Despite my advancing years, I want to set PBs at as many distances as I can. Surely running faster and being fitter than at any point in my life is the best way of coming to terms with being 40. Faster for 40 that’s what I’m aiming for.

What are your goals? I’d love to know. Let me know in the comments or get in touch on social media.

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