I'm back with a challenge that will hopefully kick start some exercise in 2010. The last year has probably been one of the most sendentary for me. Most of my spare time was spent learning to play golf (I took this up in late 2008). I managed to get my handicap down to 15 but completely let the fitness stuff go (apart from an outing at the National Relays in Nottingham in August).
Many of the athletes I've coached have used the 30 runs lasting 30 mins over 30 days to get back into running. I thought I'd take it a step further an extend this out to a whole year. The challenge is simply to run for 30 mins every day for 365 consecutive days. Naturally the runs can be longer but the key is to run for 30 mins. The good news is I've completed 2 out of the 365 and it's going well! My main area of concern will be staying injury free so I'll be stretching well after every session. Illness is probably the other main enemy to the challenge and I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed for that.
I've got a place in the London Marathon in April and was toying with the idea of deferring it to 2011. However it might be nice, actually maybe nice isn't the right word, to actually run round in under 3 hours without putting too much into the training. Running sub 2.45 will take 70 to 80 miles a week of training but surely it's possible to run under 3 hours with around 40 miles of training.