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2016…..the year that was

I feel that I am a day late writing this post. Over the last 2 days I have enjoyed reading everyone’s round-up of the year and have been inspired to write my own….even if I am a day late.

According to Garmin I have covered a total of 1,539,27 miles running, swimming or biking. This has been completed in 324 activities and over 238 hours.

It seems that most of these are running as I have done 212 running activities, covering 1,42:02 miles in 191:36 hours.

2017 has seen some pb’s too:

5k This kept coming down and now stands at 25.31. Can I go below 25 minutes I wonder?

10k this came down to 55:25 in May

Half Marathon: I was so pleased to get 2:00:49 at the Silverstone Half Marathon this year. If only I had gone 49 seconds faster.

Marathon: 4:30:31 at London although my official stat was 4:40 but over a distance of 27 miles!!

Which time do I take? The one from my watch that recorded the marathon distance or the official race time?


I don’t do New Year Resolutions but I do have 2 targets: 1 to raise £2000 for my charity and to run London in less than 4.30. I am guessing that by this I mean my official time!

I wish you all a very happy New Year 🙂


If you want to get fit in 2017 you can join this supportive Facebook group to help you start running or simply to get fitter by improving your walking.



Unexpected Motivation.

I am going to apologise to those of you who follow me for my crafting because this is yet another running based one. This makes it three in a very short while, sorry.  I am working on crafty posts with a photography based one coming very soon. I promise!

The prompt for this post has been a couple of conversations that I have had recently following the 10k race. These comments have made me feel guilty about my actions towards the end of the race, but they have also made me realise that motivation sometimes comes from the oddest places! Let me explain:

I am very lucky to know many lovely people who run locally and for a variety of reasons, I have admiration for them all. The person which this revolves around works extremely hard at her running, something that has really began to pay off recently.

In previous races she has been slower than me (probably mainly because my legs are a tad longer than hers). During the 10K however, she caught me up. Indeed at one point I thought that she was going to over take me. I have nothing but complete admiration for her because this means that her training has worked. My guilt however comes at the very end when we were both sprinting to the finish. One mutual friend said that she was really trying to overtake me and I really wish that I had been a bigger person and let her win. (I didn’t!) It would probably have meant more to her than me beating her and I denied her that.

Since then I have realised that I owe her a lot. For one, had she not been there I would not have run so hard at the end. At the end of a hill (about 8.5k) I honestly felt that my legs had nothing left. Had she not been there I would probably have given up. I didn’t and as such feel like I did my best. (Probably a first for me!) Another thing that I have her to thank her for is that she has shown me how proper training really can make a difference to your performance. I am now determined to try harder at every training session so I can see that for myself.

This has to be my motto from now on. I sometimes wonder if I make excuses and don’t give quite 100% so I have an excuse if things do not go to plan?

So, in summary, she gave me an awful lot and in return I gave her…… ? Have you ever been in a similar situation?

Well from now on I am anyway!!


Running – This year and next year.

Happy New Year

Although it does not feel like it, I am reliably informed that it is Sunday again. Thus it must be time for another post! In our family we have a busy family Christmas followed by a birthday on the 29th so I never feel ready to confront the new year until after that. The birthday has now passed and I have no more excuses and I have to confront the fact that there is a new year starting tomorrow evening. Over the past week I have read an awful lot of brilliant and inspirational thoughts reflecting over the last year and then thinking ahead to next. One that I enjoyed is by Miss Beatrix and another that is useful as a guide is from Lisa Jacobs. Healthy Frenchie even makes goals at the beginning of each month! Do check them out.

So as a start I thought I would have a think about my running. Having updated my running totals page recently I realised that I was not far away from running 1000 miles this year. Yep you read that correctly – this year I have clocked up over 1000 miles. Now I am under no illusion that I have run these in a sprightly manner, more that I have crawled, plodded, been blown, moaned, fought and generally forced myself around. Yes there have been runs that have gone far better than expected and some that have been notable due to the weather or some such but a lot of the time I do wonder why I do it!

So Why Do I run?

1. It gives me some me-time. Yes I do get time to do things in the house for me but anyone with young children will know that whenever they are in the house (yes even when they are asleep) you can never really relax. There is always half an ear listening out for them. Running gets me out of the house and away from the responsibility. It also gives my mind time to free wheel.

2. I get the runners high afterwards. No matter how badly the run has gone in my head, I ALWAYS feel better afterwards.

3. I enjoy the challenge of running longish distances.

4. I enjoy running with other people – it is sometimes the only time we get to catch up.

5. I am an obsessive and so need to run because that is who I am (if that makes any sense at all?)

6. It is easy to fit into a day (going to the gym takes far longer).

7. It is good for my children to see me doing something active and for myself.

Some reflections on this year and thoughts on next year:

I daren’t say goals – more considerations really!

1. I am fed up with always making excuses about my time after racing. I do this because a) I don’t train well enough or b) because I over-estimate my goal time.

So this year I am going to try to train properly for the half marathon I have signed up for in March – starting this week. I am going to look out a plan and follow it to the best of my ability – EVERY RUN!

Some of this includes researching food as I need to think about fueling up before a race more.

2. I need to buy new trainers!

3. I need to remember that rest days are training days (thanks to Real Runners @runningquotes for this tip!)

And most importantly I need to remember:

As long as I have done my best I have no reason to be ashamed 🙂 I have my final race of the year tomorrow – a 10K which looks like it will be wet. Then I have a lovely clean slate of the new year and no I am not going to try to beat this years total – honest!