We have finished 2013 and what a great year it was for running, swimming and general exercise/fitness for me. It was a year for PBs and getting my son out of the house and running with me 🙂
First though, let me update you on my virtual walk from York to Walt Disney World. I forgot to post an update for November so this is for both November and December. I completed 142.95 km in November and 160.69 km in December for a total of 5,075.77 km completed with 1,806.23 km left to go. I have completed an average of 6.91 km/day and 48.38 km/week during the past 2 years of my challenge. If I want to finish my walk before the end of the 101 in 1,001 challenge I need to complete an average of 6.86 km/day or 48.04 km/week between now and mid-September.
Since arriving in North America, I have travelled through Canada into the USA, through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In November and December I continued my journey from Clinton, MA through Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. I am currently in Jersey City, NY, I think.
I completed the Swimathon (5,000m swim) for the I don’t know how many-th time, but I have definitely done the Swimathon every year since 2006 or so and I did 2 or 3 before that. So, does that make it about 10 or 11? I do remember my first Swimathon back in 1991, it took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the 200 lengths. My fastest time in the past 6 years or so was 1 hour 52 minutes, until this year. My first PB of the year came in the pool: 1 hour 43 minutes, a whole 9 minutes faster than my previous best! Whoop!
Next up was the Race for Life. Didn’t expect to get a PB on this one as I hadn’t really trained for it. My fastest Race for Life time was somewhere around the 37 minute mark so quite slow really. I finished in 36 minutes 44 seconds. Not bad, I guess but I really wanted to break through the 35 minute mark. Never mind, it would come.
At the beginning of August I completed my 5th 10K run, and my 5th Run for All. My training had gone really well and I knew that I could get under 1 hour 12 minutes for a new PB. It didn’t happen as I decided to keep a friend of mine company on her first 10K run. She did really well and we finished in 1:15:10. This year we’re going to get under 1:15:00 and get her a new PB. My son is also entered for this year’s York 10K, should be fun 😀
The week after the 10K, my friend got married and decided that she would try to get as many people as possible to run the parkrun with her the day before her wedding (she got married on a Sunday). So, I signed up and went along. After the amount of training I’d put in for the 10K I wanted to see how fast I could go. Another PB, this time another huge one: 33:15 – 2:30 off my previous best 🙂 I have now completed 13 parkruns and got myself another PB for Christmas: 31:59.
Finally, as I had held back for my friend at the York 10K, I decided to enter the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield at the end of September. As I hadn’t done much running due to the Summer holidays I wasn’t aiming to run it all but I did want to try to get a PB. I settled on intervals of run:walk of 5:1 and finished in 1:09:50. Yet another PB! It would have been faster except I needed to use the loo half way round, just think how fast I could have gone if I hadn’t had to stop.
I have already entered the Swimathon, York 10K and a runDisney 5K next year and am considering entering the Great Yorkshire Run again. I wanted to enter the Leeds Half Marathon but I need to wait and see if my husband will be at home to look after my son first. My son can, and is, run the 10K with me but I think that the half marathon might be pushing it a bit. Can I get more PBs this year? Only time will tell.