It’s been 10 months since I started my blog and as we are nearing the end of the year and I need some motivation to get me through the last few weeks of 2017 I thought it was a great time to reflect on my year of running. I think there’s plenty for me to look back on and be happy with, here are some highlights.

Great Bentley Half – This was a PB, looking back at this run I remember how great it felt to shave 4 minutes off my previous best. I am so keen to get back to this level of fitness but right now this is definitely one of those races I should look back on and be proud of.

Hockley Woods Challenge – I enjoyed this one so much I will be back in 2018 for another go! I managed 5 laps so I guess next year I go for 6.

Grizzly Weekend –This one is right up there in the top 3 highlights of the year for me, the weekend away was brilliant and the race is one of those I will be talking about for a long time to come. I am so very pleased to be going back this year for more of the same.

Orion 15 – More of a low point than a highlight for me with it being a did not finish, I am going to have to revisit this one so I can complete the whole of the 15 miles!

The Brighton Marathon – This was another great weekend of 2017. Although I can’t say the marathon is the best out there, I wasn’t sure on the route or the lack of sufficient portaloos and water but it was my A race for the first half of the year.  I completed it in my target time and I was over the moon.

Spitfire Scramble Weekend – It’s up there as probably my favourite running weekend of the year. I just loved the whole weekend and next year I will be attempting it as a Duo, I’m already looking forward to this one.

Saltmarsh75 & day 2 – My A race for the second half of the year and I did it. I am still not sure I can believe it myself but this actually happened!

Lessons learnt this year:

  • I can run a marathon 😁
  • I have completed 2 ultras in 2 days. Just 8 months ago I posted a blog doubting if I was built for long distance and now I have completed 75 miles over 2 days – I am built for anything I want to do 😉
  • Nutrition is a hard one to stick to – Clearly I have tried over the last year to improve this as I have mentioned it in quite a lot of my posts. Although I am still struggling with my IBS at times I would have to say that I have definitely improved on this aspect. Over the last few months I have pin pointed some intolerances and hugely smartened up my eating, I can’t say if this has helped with my training as of yet but I definitely think it will 🤞🏼
  • I’ve struggled to fall in love with other cross training in the same way I have with running. At times I have tried to incorporate swimming, cycling and gym work into my training. It appears swimming is not the one for me – it doesn’t matter how many times I try and get myself down the pool it just doesn’t work for me, I can’t get into a routine of it. Although I have been out on my bike, it’s never going to be a strength of mine and I can see myself as a summer cyclist on the occasional Sunday rather than a “real” biker.   I have really enjoyed my boxing pad work over the last couple of weeks and it’s something I’m looking forward to continuing with so perhaps this is the one… 🏃🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🏊🏻‍♀️🥊

2017 - it’s not been a bad year 😊

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