Remember this time last year I ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon and was 4 minutes off my target time of 100 minutes? Well, this Sunday I'm running the "race" again in the 2008 Nottingham half marathon. This time I'm hoping to smash the 100 minute barrier.
My ultimate goal is to run a half marathon when I am 36 (in less than 3 years) in the same time I ran one when I was 18 -- 1hr 27mins. To be as fit again as I was at half the age would be a massive boost to my confidence. Maybe a ten year break from sport and life of hedonism isn't irreversible after all. We'll see. The hard part won't be the actual training as much as it will be finding the time to do it.
This year I hope not to make the same mistake as last year and start where it tells you to if you plan to run a sub 1hr 40min race. It soon became obvious that everybody in front just wanted to start as close to the start line as possible, regardless of the time they thought they'd achieve. This left Tim and I having to pick our way through the crowds and never able to achieve our own pace. People!
So, wish me luck this Sunday morning while you have your lie-in and read the paper!
If you want to help motivate me then I told my friend Shaun I'd see if I can raise some money for his son, George, again. If you want to help then you can do so here. Don't worry I won't mention it again or pressure you in any way. What with this being the year of the "credit crunch". Any money raised will go toward buying George one of these specialist pushchairs.