One of my running aspirations for the rest of this year and beyond is to enter more 10k and half marathon races.
I’ve only done two races in total so far and I need to get more experience under my belt.
It’s not always possible to travel far to a race because my wife works at least six days a week during the school term.
So I’m restricted to races that finish in the Edinburgh area and East Lothian during that time.
The plan is to also start doing Park Runs whenever I can as well as joining the local running club.
My next race is the Dirleton 10K at the beginning of September.
It’s a fairly flat circuit which could get me close to my Personal Best (PB) or surpass it.
I’m hoping to knock a couple of minutes off my PB and get it down to 45 minutes or less.
The start and finish line are located at Archerfield Walled Garden which is a nice place to stop off for a pre or post run snack!
Whilst I feel my running aspirations are more geared towards longer distances, it’s good to get in a few secondary races in between.
I think there’s only 500 people taking part in the run so I’m hoping it won’t be too much hassle to get out of the pack at the start.
Scottish Half Marathon
The Scottish Half Marathon is one of my main running aspirations for the year.
It’s a fast course and for almost half of the race it follows the coast road.
With it being at the end of September, the weather may decide to be a factor in the run.
In particular there can be a strong breeze from the sea and if it’s blowing right at you for six or seven miles it isn’t pleasant.
The weather’s so changeable in Scotland you never know what you’re going to get.
A huge bonus of the Scottish Half Marathon is that it finishes close to my house.
I’m hoping to beat my PB on this course too, especially as I’ve specified my time as 15 minutes quicker than I did on my last half marathon entry!
That should shunt me up a few pens and give me a better chance of achieving a good run.
It’s been a running aspiration of mine to do a Parkrun for quite some time now.
During the school term though I haven’t been able to because my wife works on a Saturday.
Whilst the school holidays are still on though I’m finally going to do my first Parkrun.
I’ve ordered an ID band so it’s convenient to carry my barcode around.
I’m not quite sure what to expect but I’m looking forward to finding out.
There are a couple of Parkruns around my area and for the first one I’ve decided to choose the Vogrie Country Park one.
What Are Your Running Aspirations For The Rest Of The Year?
Do you have any more races coming up this year?
What are you focusing on currently when it comes to running?