Now I’m not saying that I’m giving up running, but I am absolutely sure that I will never run as quickly as I used to. Therefore, I want to note here the personal bests I achieved in the (roughly) 10 years I’ve been a runner.
The reason I can cite these as a peak with reasonable confidence is that the past two years of niggles around my hip area have now settled down to a consistently annoying pain that is fine to jog around on for 40-50 minutes but no longer, and certainly not at speed.
So here are my personal bests. They are well good and I am properly chuffed with them. As someone who was rubbish at sport at school and effectively did no exercise at all throughout my twenties, I feel proud of these times.
5km – 17:54 – Sandhurst, Gloucester, July 2007
10km – 37:54 – Market Drayton, Shropshire, May 2007
10 miles – 1:07:39 – Walsall, December 2005
Half Marathon – 1:23:21 – Telford, March 2009 (I won money for this one!)
20 miles – 2:17:26 – Bury St. Edmunds, February 2008
Marathon – 3:01:22 – London, April 2008
You can understand how gutting that last time is, knowing I won’t go under 3 hours yet got so close. Ah well, never mind.
Of course running shorter distances, at a slower pace, is actually quite nice. I’ll still try to turn out for my club‘s competitive events from time to time, and, inevitably, I’ll still make some reference to running and the data it generates when I talk about digital/social media stuff in public. As I did last week in a talk in Toledo near Madrid: