My “ultimate” running challenge??

Further below is a copy of a response I gave in a closed Facebook group to the post: “Have you achieved your ultimate running goal?  If so, what is it?  If you haven’t achieved it yet, what is your goal?

What have you achieved that you are the most proudest of to date?”. My response seemed substantial (i.e. rambling) enough to justify putting it here. People shouldn’t allow me to talk freely about running, or at least they should accept the consequences if they do start to read my stuff. You, dear reader, evidently get it because you’ve had to click on a link to come here, but poor unsuspecting Facebook users probably aren’t used to lines and lines to wade through. At least, when put back in context, all of the readers there are runners. Anyway here’s my reply.

I’m not sure I have an “ultimate” running goal. Not “ultimate” as in when I’ve done it I’ll I know I’ll have achieved everything I want to I’m running. There’ll always be something else, another race or challenge. I think anyway.

My greatest achievement to date though was my sub 2 hour Half (actually 1:56:35) at Liverpool R’n’R this year. I then moved on to the sub 50 10km which I did in a local event a few weeks ago. I suppose my current goal is running under 50 minutes at the Poppy 10k in Bexhill-on-Sea next month – as that’s an event that should count on Run Britain it will mean a little more than the local event where I’ve set my PB now. I know that’s a little bit wrong as 10k is still 10k whether you’re chip timed or not but my name didn’t appear in the local event’s results due to a time recording mix up so in my head there is a little asterisk next to that performance.

It’s that last point that got me thinking. The 10k in question was, of course, the Jayson Lee Memorial 10k, and yes it was, and still is, my PB and yes I was left out of the official results although I think I know what my official time should have been.

The organisers really couldn’t have been sweeter and nicer about the whole thing. I would certainly do that run again if I am available to do so in future years. So I’m really keen to not sound ungrateful for the organisation of the event.

But the reality is due to the mix up, the run does have a little asterisk next to it in my head. Even in these very pages I list my time for that run as “49:33 (est.)”. (Oh did you not know there’s a list of my competitive runs and parkruns around here? There’s a couple of links at the top with those. Go and have a look after as I’m proud of lots of them).

So Bexhill-on-Sea is now my target. I really want to run sub 50 there. In fact I really want to run sub 49:33. I’m not sure I’ve got the form for it yet but there’s plenty of time to build that up in the next few weeks.

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