Eventually, I settled on 180 - the 'logic' being I should be able to turn around my running form in about 6 months (a sensibly long time I reasoned), and at the end get a personal best in some event or distance or another. Probably targeting the autumn Cardiff Half marathon, though not definitively as I'm leaving it open so that the chosen event doesn't consume all of my thinking - I want this to be about process and all around signs of improvement. So, 6 months is sort of 180 days taking 30 days in a month... then the number resonated and caught my imagination - 180 degrees, an about turn, a complete change of direction. An about face on the slide in fitness, activity, and body weight since the New Year.
So to set some benchmarks and give a feeling of the scale of this process and progress towards my Target180...
- I just ran my slowest half-marathon, 2:13:44 (Cardiff World Championships half-marathon, 26th March)
- This weekend just gone I ran my third slowest timed 5K, 28.08 (Cardiff parkrun, 23rd April)
- I was at my heaviest in over 5 years, at 15st 9lbs (99.3kg), on the 13th of April
My Target180 is a journey and it has started, it didn't have a hard start date and won't have a hard finish date, after roughly 6 months the aim is to have made that turnaround and be travelling towards better fitness.