2022 preview

I write this blog post already four weeks into what is going to be another busy but rewarding year, with both the birth of my first child and a house move due in the Spring! Despite these exciting life changes, I have plenty of goals and challenges to look forward to.

Races

I currently have four more races scheduled for this year, having already competed in one – the Kent Cross Country Championships, Brands Hatch on the 8th January (which happened to be my first run since Christmas Eve).

Saturday 29th January – Southern Cross Country Championships, Beckenham Place Park: The senior men’s race covers a distance of 15km – the longest of the cross-country season.

Saturday 26th February – National Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill, London: I shall be competing in my 6th “National”. The senior men’s race covers a distance of 12km.

Saturday 12th March – British Masters Cross Country Championships, Somerhill School, Tonbridge: I shall be competing in the M35 – M60 race, which is run over a distance of 8km.

Sunday 1st May – Westminster Mile, London: This is my main goal race for the year – see the “goals” section below for more details.

At this moment in time, I don’t have any other races scheduled beyond those mentioned due to the fact that my partner and I are expecting our first child at the end of March and I will want to spend a great deal of time getting used to fatherhood! I do, however, have one race in mind which fits in with my main goal for the year (see the “goals” section below) and that is the Westminster Mile on London on Sunday 1st May.

Training

Since the turn of the year I have been consistently following my own training plan, which consists of the following on a weekly basis – two, 1-hour strength sessions; 1 or 2 rowing machine workouts of either 2000m, 5000m or 30 minutes; and between 2-3 runs per week, which include a training session with Tonbridge AC, a recovery run and a parkrun where I’ve not been racing. My scheduled rest day is a Wednesday.

Goals

Coaching

With a move to Coxheath (near Maidstone) anticipated for April/May, I intend to establish my running coaching and personal training services in that area. I have already identified a suitable off-road area to provide my RunTogether group sessions and look forward to the new challenge.

As I am qualified to the highest attainable level with my running coaching, I do not have any other courses or qualifications to aim for, although I will be completing CPD courses throughout the year in order to keep my CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) membership up to date for my Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral Practitioner qualifications.

Running

Run a 1 mile PB (currently 5:26) – I set my current PB at the Westminster Mile in May 2019 and I have just submitted an entry to the same race which takes place on Sunday 1st May 2022. My goal of course is to run a PB, however, I would like to get as close to 5 minutes (or to even sneak under that) if I can!

The above is my only goal for this year, however, I certainly feel that if I can run close to 5 minutes for a mile, then my existing 5km PB (currently 18:06), 10km PB (currently 37:12) and half marathon PB (85:27) will be under threat. I intend to revist the marathon distance in 2023/24 when I will be 40.

Reading

Last year I set myself a goal of reading at least 1 new book each month, which I achieved and this year I would lilke to set myself the same goal. I’m currently on to my second book of the year and so have made a good start!

Final words

Well, that’s my year planned – what do you have in store?! Please share with me by writing a comment below and if I can be of any assistance with your training or goals then please do not hesitate in contacting me by e-mail – joewatts@plegafit.com or phone, 07743 073788.

I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

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