As 2010 is coming to an end I’ve been thinking about my running goals for the next year. When January comes around it will mark my first year of ‘running’ properly, as in running to run a race and not just doing 15 minutes on the treadmill as part of a cardio session at the gym. I’m pleased to be able to look back over the last year and see how far I’ve come in terms of both fitness and attitude, but I’m more excited about the challenges I’m going to set myself for 2011 and how great it will be to look back over them in future.
I’ve been scouring websites and publications (including Scottish running Guide) for races to consider. I’d like to be able to do at least one race a month – that’s my initial goal, but it’s the length of them which will involve a little more thought. I’m already signed up for the final two Running Shop Winter X-Country series races in January and February, and then I’m also registered for the RunBalmoral Tartan 10k in April and the Great Scottish Run half marathon in September. In addition to these I’m also going to run the Baker Hughes 10k in May and the Ythan Challenge in June when they open. The Ythan Challenge is a totally different type of race – 11/12kish of cross country around a country estate with obstacles every kilometer or so and a section that involves running through a river! I’m really looking forward to that – I do hope I get a place.
I was hoping to get in to the Arbroath Smokies 10 mile Ladies Race which is in March but unfortunately I just found out it’s full up, so I’m looking for another race in the 1st half of the year which is perhaps a 10 miler to help me along with my half marathon training. If I could have done the Smokies 10 miler I’d have been ready for a half Marathon in the summer but I guess I’ll have to keep looking. Maybe there’s something down South that would be worth travelling for? It would be a new adventure to travel to a completely different city to race!
In other news, I actually have a race tomorrow! It’s the Aberdeen Santa Run which is 6k and takes place down at the beach. Thankfully the snow and ice has now all but disappeared (after 11 days of white mayhem) so the weather will present no challenges, but I think running in a full Santa suit will! It’s going to be interesting, I’m not expecting to blow anyone out of the water with my time but it will be a good bit of festive fun. Unfortunately my runner comerade Erin will not be able to join me as she slipped and fell on ice and injured her knee – a real shame as it would have been great to run with her again.
In preparation for the race I’m having a relaxed night in – Badger is out working all day and all night so I’m going to cook myself something tasty and relax with some girly films and the cats. Full race report tomorrow!