It is now the start of March and as I look back on February I must say that I am pleased with my running results, achieving all the goals I set myself. Here is what I achieved:
- 200km per month
I set a goal at the start of the year to run a minimum of 200km each month. February was always going to be a little harder without those extra couple days, but the challenge was compounded with a case of the flu taking which took my out for several days. Yesterday I managed to clock over 208km for February with a final run of 23km.
- Half Marathon
I had the Brooks Marina Bay half marathon in the middle of the month, with an initial goal to break the 90 minute mark.
A combination of the flu the week before the run and a fall while out training a couple days before the event meant I adjusted the goal to just completing the run.
All was fine until I got to the starting line, but something inside me said completing the run was not good enough, I had to go for it.
I started feeling the effects of the bad preparation week around the 8km mark, even though I eased my pace I still finished only 30 seconds behind my Standard Chartered half result with a time of 1 hour 41 minutes and 18 seconds.
I know I will get under the 90 minute mark this year.
It is the end of month two of Jantastic and still achieving 100% of my goals. I did find it hard to complete the 5 runs per week every week but dig deep and got there in the end. Yesterday’s 23km run was only run because of Jantastic the crazy idea at the end of January to run this distance.
In March I am setting a short distance speed goal as I want to run the East Coast Parkrun 5km run in under 19 minutes 50 seconds.
- Running buddies
Most of my running has been a solo effort and while not really a goal I have enjoyed having some running buddies through the month. I joined a great group of runners, River Valley Runners, for a Tuesday morning run and enjoyed keeping a couple people in our condo company as they train for their respect half marathons.
As I head into March the fitness goals will revolve around building core strength and running speed. The aim this year is to get my half marathon time well under the 90 minute mark and the best way to do this is from a strong core base. The plan to put a little more focus on the gym than the road through March and April.
It is time I stop typing, put my runners on and get back on the road.
Happy running through March.