2021: The Race Plan
2021 might not be a great year for running the world, but it might be a great year for racing. Let's dive in, and see the start lines I'm hoping to see this year.

Last week, we talked goals. This week, we are on to races.

Not much more to say, except to get on to the business of it - this table will update as races are added (and, most probably, cancelled) over the course of the year:

RaceDateGoalTimeBlog PostNotes
Chase the Moon Olympic Park 5k24 Feb18:59Goal is a PB, which makes it a bit hazy.
I have no official 5k PB time, so anything will do.
Parkrun PB is 19:19
Strava claims I've run 19:06
The Big Half25 April1:27:30I'd be happy to run this at Edinburgh goal pace, but that would be a full five minutes slower than the last time on this course.
Aiming to better my 2020 time trial time.
Edinburgh Marathon30 May3:10:00Goal race number one.
Aiming for fast enough to gain entry in Boston 2022.
Asics London 10k25 July37:59This is the most insane goal of any here, but I'm going to try to get under 38 minutes this summer.
Paddock Wood Half5 Sept1:26:30
London Marathon3 Oct3:00:00Goal race number two.
Aiming for the Good For Age target for New York 2022.

I'm not sure what to make of all that.

Based on my 10k times in late 2020, it seems a little weak - my 38:38 PB has equivalents of 18:38/38:38/1:25:31/2:58:27 - the plan has me slower on 3/4 of these at the end of 2021.

That said, I'm also planning to PB every single race I run this year, according to the table, so maybe it's plenty ambitious.

Let's go run.

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