The Event Crosshair

23 Nov The Event Crosshair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


Sing it with me if you know the words…


There’ll be events for running
plus medals for earning
and gloves to wear in the snow.
There’ll be old running stories 
And tales of the glories of 
running pb’s long ago…


Andy Williams I’m not. But with Black Friday around the corner, the sudden dip in temperature its definitely feeling more wintery.


So its time to start thinking about what you want to achieve next year.


Many runners at this point would just reel of a list of events at this point.

Now there isn’t anything wrong with having an extensive events list. My recommendation would be to have 2 or 3 in the year that you really want to target.

The ones to put in the crosshair if you like…




This way you have a priority list, the main events that you can taper for and make sure you are 100% ready for.

Then you have the others which you can use as stepping stones or dress rehearsals for this main event.

I like to prioritise them as A races (the most important), B races (moderately important) and C races (just a step up from a training run).


Once the events are scheduled, then you can start to pad out your plan with training runs.


The best question I had this past week about running plans was:


“Help! I’ve managed to get myself in for the Brighton Marathon, it’s my first ever marathon and I am really worried about the training… I’d like to have an event each month to keep me motivated, is this ok for me to do?”


The key word in that last sentence is MOTIVATED.


If you have found yourself with a place for any distance event next year and you have any issues about motivation. Do whatever it takes to find this motivation.

If you need to do an event every week, then do it if it will make you go out and run.

If you need someone to keep an eye on your training to keep you motivated then do this too (even I have someone oversee all of my training to make sure I keep doing it).

However this is where the A, B and C rating system comes in.

Use the majority of these events as C events. Use them as training runs, enjoy them, grab the bling at the end and know that you are using them to train and don’t aim to set a new personal best every week..


Train and race smart and you’ll reap the rewards later in the year.


Much like Sarah, who is using our Online Coaching Plans, she added a new 10k pb (of over 3 minutes) to her 2015 collection on Sunday after a half marathon pb in September (of over 9 minutes) and a Marathon pb in October (of over 20 minutes).


Epic running, and you could join us too…


If you have any questions at all about how to prepare your year, just send an email over to us or even book in a FREE Coaching Call.



Coach Andy Williams… Oops, Coach Ant 😉

P.S. a date for your diary… And what clearly should be everyone’s ‘A’ event of the year… The Santahampton Run is coming on Sunday 6th December from 2pm.

Southampton Sports Centre, bring your fancy dress and get running for charity.

Check out the >> Facebook Event << if you havent already, more details to come later this week on this.




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