So, here we are again at the only time of the year I regularly remember to blog.
For those of you that don’t know what this is, I am committing to getting out every day in January to exercise. Last year I ran every day and while that helped me get faster it knackered my knees a bit for February. So, I am going to ride my bike on the three days per week I don’t run.
Sadly for you lot I also have to blog every day. S’ok though as it’ll make me get around to tidying this place up. There’s cobwebs in the corner and the milk is off.
So lets kick this off for Day 1. I went along to Bushy Park for some Parkrun fun. I think this is such a fabulous concept and certainly have not utilised it properly. A free 5k timed run that encourages everyone young and old to come and run (or jog or crawl). No excuses of having kids as they are massively encouraged to come along too. Strollers and dogs in attendance today. Loads of people (577) turned out in the rain. It’s a nice flat course so has definite PB potential but I knew that wasn’t going to happen for me. The marshall’s were fabulous and cheery even though they were drenched and no doubt cold. Finish funnel worked like clockwork. Towards the end there was a guy walking who I had leapfrogged with a bit (not literally as that would be weird) so I sidled up to him and pretty much bullied him to jog in to the finish with me. He’s probably at home right now telling his wife some crazy lady wouldn’t leave him alone and in fact now I think about it, he may not have been a runner!! My time was slow (34:45) but I’m quite ok with that given what my body has been through the last few months. Plus I had the surprise of running into a lovely person I haven’t seen in a while out at Bushy which was nice.
Then popped over to Battersea Park and cycled 9 miles. So all in all I am happy with the start to the year.
See you back here tomorrow …….
Oh and just to catch my loyal following (yes, I’m deluded) here is a cheat way of letting you have my 2013 close out ….. copy and paste from Facebook :)
Became single again and have for the most part enjoyed staying that way as I have discovered ME again. I do plan on dating in 2014 though as I’m becoming a bit of a hermit and I do miss intimacy (which is not just sex so get your minds out of the gutter).
Ran my first marathon in April with the support of some marvellous folks. Then went on to run another 6 and also my first ultra (30 miles). Made some lovely and lifelong friends in the running world.
Changed jobs based on what turned out to be false promises and am now working on rectifying that.
Stopped socialising as much and as a result seem to have lost some friends but I decided I didn’t want friendships that were to be based around going out to bars.
Flew to the States and held my beautiful grandson, hugged my amazing son very tightly and met my amazing daughter-in-law. I can see why my son fell in love with her. She is simply wonderful.
Had a bike v lorry accident which made me appreciate and reevaluate some things in life.
It has been a year of extreme highs and lows and sadly I am ending the year on a bit of a mental low but it’s nothing I can’t fix (so no annoying pity eh). However, it has to go down as a year that I will never forget. Ever.
2014. I have plans. Some so minor they won’t be noticed and some that are going to be big. Very big. No, they’re not all running related (as I can feel some of you already rolling your eyes). Don’t ask as I’m not telling. x