I’m not sure when it happened, but it was clear at the start of 2014 that I was taking running a little more seriously and getting generally faster. My stated goal was ultra-marathons but I was training more, longer long runs but also greater overall volume and adding in speed work. I decided I wanted to set a PB at every distance - that is, every ‘standard’ distance which I had run before.
This eventually led to the title of this blog, as I found myself training for a 100 mile race (which admittedly does not appear on the below list) yet setting what I think was a respectable 1 mile PB.
Since I had a particular focus of setting PBs across all distances, and in 2014 have clearly been in the shape of my life (and not from a standing start in either regard), I was delighted to be awarded with the Edinburgh AC trophy for most improved athlete.
|Distance||Time||Race||Pre-2014 PB||Previous Race|
|1M||4:57 (4:54)||Self Transcendence 1 Mile (relay leg)||5:05||Same|
|2M||10:37||Self Transcendence 2 Mile||11:01||Same (2012)|
|5K||16:27||Self Transcendence 5k (meadows)||17:16||Edinburgh parkrun (11/13)|
|4M||21:59||Portabello Promathon||22:48||Same (1/13)|
|5M||28:06||Glasgow University 5||31:22||KB5 (2/07)|
|10K||34:59||Hawick||36:32||Forth Bridge (2012)|
|HM||74:32||Inverness HM||82:14||Eddie’s Lochaber HM (11/12)|
|Mar||2:43:23||Meadows Marathon||2:56:50||Cologne marathon|
Some of those distances I ran several times in 2014, here are collected times, chronologically apart from 5K which I can’t be bothered re-sorting:
- 5K 16:27, 16:56, 16:57, 17:03, 17:06, 17:07, 17:10, 17:13 + many 17-20
- 10K 36:27 Penicuik (May, 5s PB…), 34:59 Hawick, 35:53 Linlithgow (Sep)
- HM 74:33, 79:44 Haddington, 78:03 Glasgow GSR
- Marathon 2:43:23 Meadows, 3:10:25 London (injured), 3:04:44 Strathearn (painfully positive with lack of training), 2:52:43 Highland Perthshire Marathon