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Running Faster

Dec 2, 2013 | Running | 11 comments

I want to run faster.

I want to run a faster 5K. 10K. Half Marathon. Marathon. I’ve got some pretty ambitious time goals in the future, some that I’ll share, some I’m too scared to even whisper. I’m running a little thing in September called the Berlin Marathon, where I’ll be going for a sub 4hr finish. But for now, my two main goals are to run a sub 50min 10K, and a sub 1hr 50min half marathon.
Set up by Sian from Dashing Divas, her sub 50 club is a group of running bloggers trying to earn an elusive 49.59 or better 10K time. We’re speaking to experts, engaging in twitter discussions, asking nutritionists, and chatting with each other about how we can do this. 
My current 10K PB is from We Own the Night  in May, where I ran a 53.39 on a very crowded course. 
I surprised myself by running a 1.52 half marathon in October on a day where everything seemed to go wrong. If I focus my training on running faster, rather than logging 20+ miles at the weekend, I’m hoping I’ll see even more improvement in my run times. 
However, just to make it a little harder, I’ve said that I’ll pace Leah for her first marathon, the Paris marathon in April. So I’ll have to fit marathon training in alongside speed training. I always said I like a challenge! 
I’m going to continue to work with Gia, to get a balance between running fast and running long in the next couple of months. I saw such huge improvements working with her during my 10 weeks of NYCM training, and I’m looking forward to seeing what a difference I’ll see over the coming months. 
Parkrun organises free timed 5K runs on Saturday mornings across the UK- and I’ve never been! I’d love to try to attend one a month next year. It would be fun to see if I can improve my 5K time over the same course during a year.

I’ll be doing my 21 day yoga challenge in January (have you signed up yet?), and am hoping that a combination of bikram yoga, and regular yoga will help improve my flexibility and benefit my running.

The Runner Beans

Obviously I need to sign up for some races for the next coming months to use as training, and PB attempts! I love racing! I’ve signed up for, or want to

Silverstone Half Marathon
Surrey Half Marathon
Hampton Court Half Marathon
Regents Park 10K

What races have you signed up for next year? What are your goals for next year? Running goals, fitness goals, life goals? I can’t believe it’s so close to the end of the year, I’ve got to start thinking about my New Year’s resolutions and goals!

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the new blog layout, it’s still a bit of a work in progress, and I’m working on some pages still. Also trying to work out why some comments aren’t being allowed. Thanks so much for your support and for reading! 


  1. Tess @ FitBits

    Yay go Charlie! I’m doing the opposite now, have been concentrating on running faster for a few months and now am starting marathon training. Even though my knees won’t let me run at all at the moment but we’ll leave that there! Deffo get on the parkruns, they’re a great benchmark and there’s always a great race atmosphere even though it’s not a race.

    Races I’m signed up for so far next year are:
    Maxifuel Winter Duathlon in Jan (courtesy of WTR)
    Brighton Half Marathon
    Brighton Marathon

    So need a few more in between and after to keep me going! If I get through the marathon alive I’m thinking about the Isle of Wight Challenge and am prob gonna sign up for London Duathlon again. Good luck with your training, exciting times! x

  2. Dashing Divas

    You are so totally going to smash sub50 10k. Cannot wait to get started. Got a few really exciting things in the pipeline starting in January. 🙂 I’m up for joining in on the 21 day yoga challenge in January too.

  3. KW

    Cool new layout.

    My goals include finishing a marathon (Edinburg Marathon in May) and running a sub 30 min 5k. Eventually, I will get to the other stuff, but that’s it for now.

    Life goals would be learning to drink scotch and liking it and playing chess.

  4. Aimee

    I think you’re already super fast and will be stoked to be ever anywhere near your times. I’m sure you will smash it! 🙂

  5. Izzy

    I’ve signed up for the 10k Richmond Park run on the 1st Feb.. first run of the year and hopefully I’ll get my act together and brave the weather enough times this month and next so I can get a decent time 🙂

  6. Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots

    Good luck with your time goals. I definitely want to get faster too, but I’m not quite up to your speed yet!

  7. Lauren (@poweredbypb)

    I’m sure you’ll get your sub 50 goal, in no time at all! Good luck with it! I definitely found parkrun/speed intervals and tempo run helped me enormously in terms of getting quicker over the last year or so. At the minute I’m marathon/ultra training so really focusing on distance rather than speed, although I’d like to dip under a 25 min 5k before the end of the year so need to do a little bit of speed work too. I’m signed up for the Brighton to London 56k and Berlin Marathon and am going to sign up for a spring marathon too, would like to get a new marathon pb.

  8. shanny

    Hi, I’m so pleased Ive finally found your blog. I was reading your marathon training on I have started parkrun this year and can highly recommend it as a way to get your 5k time down and make great friends. My first parkrun in June was around 35 minutes and Ive got it down to 32 minutes and something! Really really pleased. Keep going! x

  9. Becky

    I am running the Hampton Court half as well! Maybe see you there! It will be my first half in preparation for my first marathon (Brighton) in April. Love a 10k and pb is 55.30 and I’d love to get that below 50! Looking forward to seeing how u get on with speed/marathon training x

  10. Becky

    I am running the Hampton Court half as well! Maybe see you there! It will be my first half in preparation for my first marathon (Brighton) in April. Love a 10k and pb is 55.30 and I’d love to get that below 50! Looking forward to seeing how u get on with speed/marathon training x

  11. Daniel Snowden

    It’s like you are stalking me, I’m doing 3 of those as well!


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