Somehow we’re at the end of June (more or less) and half way through the year. How did that happen? Pre-school finishes today – I’m going to have two whole months to hang out with my favourite Dude! I’m excited about it. However I will miss the ease of having some mornings to myself to fit my long runs in. So yesterday I went out for my last Runday Tuesday of the year. On a Wednesday.
It was my first ‘long run’ since the SF Half. I wanted to cover 10 miles and wasn’t at all concerned about pace. Just as well – Nike Plus told me I’d run my first (uphill) mile in 5.02. Awesome – but not true. Nike Plus was well off today in terms of mileage. I had no set route plan, so meandered around up some big hills in the hot weather and the surprising humidity. I ended up doing 9.1 miles in 1.38 at a 10.48 pace, which given the heat and hills is about right. No worries. It was fun!
I thought I’d post a quick review of my 2013 goals as well, and how I’m progressing towards them. This may be of interest to no-one but me, but it’s personally a useful exercise, so here we go.
1) 4 half marathons including one trail.
2) PR at the half marathon – 1.55 or below.
Yeah baby. 1.53.57 🙂
3) A sub-53 10k.
I’ve just signed up for the 10k at the inaugural Berkeley Half (if that makes sense) in November. Excited already. Confident I can hit 53 – I would like to hit 50:xx if poss.
4) A sub-25 5k.
This was surprisingly ambitious (an 8.01 pace). What was I thinking? Anyway…I’ll be doing this in November or December.
5) A relay.
6) Local running buddies
I feel so much happier about this than I did in January. And you know who you are. Thank you 🙂
7) 6 Trail runs
Done x 6 already. They won’t be the last.
8) 6 x Yoga classes
Hmmm. Not yet.
9) 6 x Zumba classes
Hmmmmm. Not yet either.
10) A bike tour
Scheduled for October.
11) Read 6 novels.
Done. I’ve read x books including novels this year. My favourites so far were: my all time favourite novel which I reread – Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Murakami’s 1Q84 which was WEIRD but somehow compelling.
12) Watch 6 Foreign Films.
2 down. The amazing, bizarre Japanese ‘Battle Royale’ and the fabulous French ‘Untouchables’.
13) Camping x 4
One down – Apple Hill although we cheated and rented a cabin at the last minute. But this summer is basically blocked out with camping trips, starting on Friday!
An unwritten goal was to run 1,000 miles. I’m more bothered about running wisely so that my body and head don’t get exhausted with running, but if I can, I’d like to run a thousand. By the end of June I’ll have run 616 miles this year so I’m on track.
Okay – second half of the year…I’m coming for you!