2009 – Marathons and midnight suns, catching up on lost time?

Feeling sorry for myself

Next year I turn 30, and with that I look back at my 20s and wonder about all the promises, hopes and goals I had set myself. What were they? Did I achieve any of them? Are they too late to salvage?

All in all, I’m in a good place now – despite the Irritible Bowel Syndrome which has set new eating challenges for me, and cooking challenges for my better half, I am fit and healthy. I am in a well paid job that I enjoy, I live in a beautiful country with new and exciting adventures, I have embraced new sports (volleyball, skiing, snowboarding) and my technical development is on a rapid upward slope.

However, and here’s the thing… What happened to all the dreams about climbing E10s, winning orienteering competitions, completing marathons in under 3 hours, being as fit and strong as I can be? The truth is, I slacked off. My strongest climbing years were over 5 years ago – at the time I thought I was on the up, but really I was hitting the peak (excuse the pun).  My best running was over 2 years ago – again, I thought it was the start of my climb to triathlons, marathons, ultra-marathons, iron man! In reality it was the best I could do without much effort – and my lack of effort since has of course meant that if anything I’ve become worse.

The year of the runner

It’s time to “catch up”.

After 6 years of trying, I have my guaranteed place for the Flora London Marathon, and if I’m training for that, why not a few more? So here’s the list so far:

I’ll come right out now and say that I’m hoping for good results – I don’t just want to get round these races, I would like to be hitting 1:45 or less for the half marathons and 3:40 for the full ones – although with the crowds and atmosphere at the FLM I think I’ll be happy with anything under 4:00. Silverstone will be the marker – it will decide my pace for the races to come. Depending how the training goes in the next couple of months, I hope these targets get even lower.

So if you see a very tall, thin shape pounding the streets of Oslo in the near future wearing some ridiculous streamlined, dayglo running gear – that will hopefully be me. If you don’t, please feel free to kick me, spam me, throw things at me and remind me that if I don’t train, I’m a loser.

3 Comments so far

  1. Marc Carlucci on December 2nd, 2008

    Hi !
    Just wishing you good luck for your 2009 running challenges.

    The midnight sun and the Blodslitet looks fun/impressive !

    Might see you at the phpLondon meeting, http://phplondon.org/wiki/Main_Page ?

  2. Russ on December 2nd, 2008

    Do you mean the conference? Yes, that is in our calendar – hopefully we’ll be able to make it 🙂

  3. Jo on December 30th, 2008

    I recognise the symptoms of the approach to 30 :).
    SO far my rather more modest aims are:

    Learn to use crampons and axes on an actual hill.
    Buy property (yawn!!).
    Book a safari.

    In the meantime though I’m gonna see if I can find somewhere in London to stay so I can cheer you on for the Marathon.

    I’m loving this blog business, great way to share what you’re doing with friends. I’d do one myself if I had any idea how to go about it (and had anything interesting to say).

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