Today I clocked my first 1,000km for the year. One thousand kilometres is the same as running from Sydney to Brisbane or a return trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. I am also 100km ahead of where I was this time last year even though my longest run for the year is over 10km shorter than the same time last year.
Running long distances is not my core goal for the year but it still feels good to clock up one thousand kilometres.
I have really been joying my running this year which I attribute to the following things:
- Running less – I know this may seem a little bit of a contradiction given I have just stated that I have run 100km more than the same time last year, but not focusing on distance as goal has meant I have been able to run constantly through the past 5 months. Less injuries and better recovery after my runs has helped.
- Singapore Shufflers – I joined this group a couple months ago and have been enjoying the challenge, competition and discipline of track work. The Shufflers has lifted my running game which I should start turning into PBs very soon.
- River Valley Runners – it is hard to get up for my Tuesday morning run after running a track session the night before but I really enjoy running in this group. I enjoy my talks on the run and the coffee afterwards, even though I often leave early to see my boys off to school.
- Less races but harder goals – my focus on the 5km has me fired up, I am only 3 seconds off breaking the 20 minute mark. By only focusing on a few runs this year, I am aiming for quality runs this year not a large quantity of average runs.
It has taken me 4 months and 27 days to reach the 1,000km, I hope to write the 2,000km post in 4 months 15 days’ time.