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How? It shouldn't be possible...

A question I asked myself as I pushed for the last km at lunch time...

A question a mate (and far better athlete than me) said when I let her know how the first serious training run went...

A question I ruminated on as I dashed around this afternoon hating forms, despising ticketing machines and pondering the meaning of fate...

Basically, I set a new 5 mile PB, 50min and 17s.  Not greatly fast by running standards, but 50s faster than my last 5mile PB. 

Why "how?"?

I've not run a great deal for the last couple of months...

I've not run at all since my night run over Rivington, I've had a lurking cold that wiped me out...

This week I've felt better so as is my wont, and given my next visit to Rivington (a small matter of a trail marathon) is only 8 weeks away, I've been hammering the gym in the morning - hilly 3 milers in 15 min, followed straight away by 370ft on the stepper in 8min... Both Monday and Tuesday... Oh, I also climbed moderately hard on M…

First race of the year....

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Race (noun) run where I run with a number on my front...

Night - after sunset

Hill - feature of the landscape that creates an upward protuberance

Off-road - not on smooth or flat running surface - broken cobbles, rough paths, tree routes AKA ankle eater

Cold snap - a period of time when the temperature drops.  AKA a bit parky!

Combine all of them for my first event run of the year; some runs I do for training, races I tend to do for a variety of reasons (speed, views, enjoyment, challenge) and then there are the events - night time, off road running up a hill in a cold snap is an event run...

And I enjoyed it.  My predictions were - no longer than 90 min, and I'd probably be in the last 5... I was correct on both.

I learnt a few things - two torches; one on the head and one in the hand, does help get a 3D view of the world.  The headtorch on its own is good, but a very flat view of the world.

I need to get fitter, I knew that taking a light couple of months is always going to hav…

Challenge 25...

Ok, it's 2013...

It's an important year for The Children's Heart Federation as we're going to be 25 years old.

A quarter of a century...

So how should this be marked? 

The CHF website will have the details of the big set piece events - the dragonboat racing, the biking across Jordan and so on... But I'll be doing my normal of plodding the miles out.

My first target is going to be one I should be able to do - basically duplicate this year - 25 miles a week, on average for 52 weeks. 2092km in a year, 1300 miles...

So, with a mile and a bit between friends, a marathon a week...

The stretch target, the if I get it all correct target, is 2500km in 2013 - see that magic number 25... Ok there's a change of units, but I'm some loose grip on my faculties!  2500km is 1553 miles, or a shade under 30 miles a week.

What will make the difference between the two targets, well keeping it going throughout the year, my 2 months "off" following the Ultra kept my mi…