Well to say I’ve been giving my Great North Run training serious attention, would be a lie. To say I’ve been following any kind of training plan, would be a lie. To say I’ve been committed to running when I don’t want to, would be a lie. With the exception of the Leeds 10k last week.
Leeds 10k is my local race and a race I enjoy. And a race I had originally decided to give my all. However life got in the way and running has not been at the top of my priority list. So when race week came around I was hesitant. My bib was sat on the sideboard all week whispering to me. Every day I changed my mind as to whether I was going to race without any training. But I decided that running it would give me the kick up the arse that I needed to get going with my Great North Run training.
So last week I completed the Leeds 10k. Yes there was a lot of run walking. Yes it was not a PB or even a course PB for me. But, I enjoyed it. I dug deep when I didn’t want to run at all. And I crossed the finish line at an average pace of 13:30/mi – which is a fairly average performance for me.
Following my average performance, it’s now time to give my running some structure to help me beat the 3 hours 10 minutes I completed the Great North Run in 2 years ago. This was at an average pace of around 14:30/mi, so if I can continue the 13:30/mi I achieved at the Leeds 10k on minimum training I will complete the Great North Run in 2:54:00 which is the below 3 hour target I have set myself.
The plan below is one I’ve pulled together based on a number of plans across the internet.
Tomorrow marks day one!
Day one of my plan to tackle the Great North Run. Day one of getting fitter so I don’t spend the race with a heart rate through the roof. Day one of getting fitter so I can run at a steady pace throughout the 13 miles. Day one of getting fitter so I don’t want to stop one mile in. Day one of getting fitter so I don’t think that dying would be less painful than finishing the race. Day one of getting fitter so I don’t wish my ankle was still broken so I didn’t have to run the race. Day one of getting fitter so I don’t curse at myself for 13 whole miles.