Fit by 50 blog – below 50 by 50

IMAG24325 years ago, I could run 1 mile – and then leave the field panting and ready for a warm soaking bath.

This year, I’ve acheived 3 10k – as well as a couple of practice runs.

Anyone who knows 10k will know that most people start by aiming just to finish the race. Often at around one hour and 5 minutes.

Since a practice 10k run in March of this year where I achieved a time of 1 hour and 3 minutes, my race times have come steadily down – firstly 53 mins and 35 seconds in Port Sunlight on the Wirral, to a slower 57 mins and 30 seconds in Manchester on the Great Manchester Run to a personal best of 51 minutes and 36 seconds.

However, my goal is to get below 50 mins for a 10k before I reach 50 years old.

So, how am I going to do this?

1. Join a regular running group in Chester – okay, found one for Tuesday night – Aims Running Group and keep attending the Delamere Park Run

2. Find friends running at similar speeds or at least with similar goals

3. Sign up to races with running partners here in Chester but also Liverpool and Manchester

4. Maintain a really high level of nutrition and supplementation. Partly by keeping my weight right but also building lean muscle

5. Ease off if I sense injury. So, make sure I get plenty of fish oils, omega 3, 6 and 9’s plus MSM / Condroitin to re-build cartilage as well as sufficient protein to build lean muscle.

6. Build lean muscle – ah yes, already said that!