Make It Count – Marathon Goals For 2022

If you’re going to put a lot of time and effort into something, then make it count.

It’s Marathon time!

Over this series of articles and videos I’m going to completely break down my training.

We’ll cover:

  • theory
  • mindset
  • how to
  • recovery
  • nutrition
  • what works
  • what doesn’t
  • …and so much more

Marathon Goals 2022

I have 3 main goals for this marathon:

  1. Get to the start line in great shape (without neglecting important areas in my life)
  2. Run a personal best for the marathon (sub 2:58:29)
  3. Run sub 2:50

Since I ran 3:38:16 n 2021… the time goals are massive jumps.

Marathon Goal 1

Get to the start line in great shape.

Most of your marathon result is decided in the weeks before the race.

Having the fitness needed to hit my paces is my first goal. But there is one caveat: without neglecting important areas in my life

Basically coming back to back to family, health and work.

I’m not a professional or elite runner by any stretch of the imagination. This running things is part of my life, not my whole life.

Marathon Goal 2

Run a personal best.

We start with aiming high!

To run the fastest I ever have over the marathon distance is massive challenge. I haven’t been in that kind of shape in over 12 years.

Marathon Goal 3

Sub 2:50.

Take goal 2 (which is already way up there) and cranking it way up beynd anything I’ve done before.

I don’t know if I can do this.

But that’s kind of the point.

What Will It Take?

A lot!

This is what we’re going to find out.

It will take more than just a few long runs and some fast runs.

I will be 45 years old at this marathon. Over 12 years since I ran my best. We’re not turning the clock back here. We are redefining the present and future.

Getting older doesn’t mean we have to accept we lose fitness. The science says we can keep improving fitness indicators. Society just maintains the norm of being less active.

Where To Start?

Well we start with a run…

Training officially begins on the 4th April.

Before then I will take it easy for the week between the Emergency Services Games.

I’ll go on a few runs with no plans. Just whatever I feel like at the time. If I don’t feel like running, that’s ok too.

I’ll do some light strength an mobility work. Other than that, the aim is to be back ready to train hard again.

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