the highs and lows
LP8, sounds like a good year! You must tell me what worked to get your boyfriend out on a run at last. I'd love mine to like running too, but he's adamant he's not interested...
The good stuff:Finishing dissertation for masters degreeAmazing holiday in California driving a convertible MustangTaking up running again and feeling amazing for itRediscovering reading fiction instead of textbooksCamp Bestival - PJ Harvey and Bon Iver, and the fireworks were amazing
The bad:Horrible run the other day getting hopelessly lost and running past a sewage works twice - ick.Spending far too much of the summer in the library writing dissertation and missing out on the fun stuff
2010:Running first marathon in under 4 hours?!?Coming up with a fantastic fancy dress costume for Camp Bestival (thinking Captain Haddock at the moment)
Best bits -
Taking up running again but in a more serious way!!
Running my 1st actual race (Seaside 10K).
Signing up for my 1st HM in January and sticking to my training.
Signing up for my 1st Marathon yesterday (April 2010)
My last LSR 8 miles of madness, best run of my life!!
Finding a cracking new job!!
Bad bits -
My calves killing me for a week after my 1st 10K.
Getting made redundant.
My windy run this morning!!
2010 aims -
Complete my HM in sub 2 hrs.
Complete my marathon in sub 4 hrs.
Get a sub 45 10K time.
Enjoy my running!!
What was hot:PB's for 5k, 4 miles, 10k and 10 milesMy new cameraBeing unemployed
What was not:Being injured for monthsBeing 8 seconds short of going sub 20 minutes for 5kBeing injured for monthsMy inability to swim continuous lengths FCBeing injured for monthsNot getting the money to buy tri gearBeing injured for monthsMy GF telling me 'it's over' after 6 yearsBeing injured for monthsBeing unemployed
2010:Run my first marathon in sub 3:30Try and stay injury freeFind a nice girl that won't get bored with meDo my first triFind a job
The good stuff:10k PBGetting married (after biking to the loch to meet the minister and my friend, just the 2 of us!)The post wedding partyGetting back up!The no so good stuff:Working too hard and going underLosing my mojo for a few monthsPulling out of HM due to illness
2010:2 marathons in 5 weeks (Lochaber and Edinburgh) & hopefully a sub 41:45 half marathonStay happy!
two new 10k PB's
Health has taken a dive of late
Taking up running seriously and racing again.
Surprising myself over 800m
Representing England o35's at tennis
Cambs County Mile holder
Bad knees all year including 3 weeks missed training.
Still relatively weak at any distance over 3k.
First time in over 10 years I didn't travel abroad.
Win British Masters indoor 3k
Medal at over 35's Euro Champs in 1500m
PR over at least 5 distances
Full year of injury free training against a serious plan
Running Stratford & Abingdon Marathons
Kicking up a big fuss about iPod use during Abingdon Marathon then feeling like a plonker
Running Abingdon Marathon without an iPod and still getting a sub4
Getting back into the game & feeling on top again after coming back from injury
Going along to local running club & enjoying some company whilst I run
Collecting new medals
Putting my foot down when I worked at a (crap) company and when they were all going out for lunch, I politely declined. 'Why? What have you got planned that's so important?' they said - 'I'm going to the running shop'. End of.
Black toenail came off whilst swimming
Getting run over whilst running - got knocked by a car and ended up flat-out on the pavement
Having to phone for an ambulance due to severe stomach pains after a run - hyperventilating, blood pressure/HR through the roof - scary stuff
Getting a femoral stress fracture a week after running a Marathon PB at Stratford and spending weeks hobbling round on crutches in the sun
Having said femoral stress fracture diagnosed as something completely different by a man who I can only describe as looking like he should be skull-capped and reading aloud from the Tanakh, insert a gigantic needle right into the sight of pain. Maybe he wasn't so holy after all.
On my 4th attempt, getting a place in VLMFinally getting help from my doctor/NHS to help sort out my dodgy legGetting more into running and starting to feel like a runner
Making excuses not to run early on in the yearPulling out of Silverstone HM due to injuryBLISTERS! The misery of my life at the mo.
Complete and enjoy my first marathon (VLM!)Take part in more races and spread them out better throughout the year.
The good (not necessarily in order of preference!)
- 20 fell races, one road race
- 48 miles from home to in-laws' house across the Pennines
- 97 mile cycle sportive and 30 mile mtb race
- Cycling 6 hilly miles each way to work pretty much every day
- Wife had our baby
- No time to run since nipper (5 runs in 4 months!)
- Cracking foot on a rock in Edale Skyline and having to hobble last 3 miles in delirious agony
- Um, not much more. I'm lucky to have had an ace year.
- Lots of short races (no time to train for longs ones any more!)
Good: 5K PB, 10K PB, 10 mile PB, HM PB. Buying a bike.
Bad: Realising I had pSVT which wrecked a couple of big races. Also, peaking in March and then having niggles and injuries for too many months.
Hopes for 2010: First marathon. Ablation to stop the pSVT.
decided to break away from my counselling work and do something less demanding
rediscovered my love for theatre and music
did my first race in reasonable time.
In spite of COPD lung capacity improved a bit
a stone lighter
not as much spare cash
running hit and miss
hopes for 2010
my little collectibles business taking off
doing Amsterdam mara
Shaking off ITB injury and running quicker than ever. PBs at 5,000m, 5k, 10kWinning my first ever raceWinning my second ever race Discovering off-road racing and coming 2nd in the Beachy Head marathonNew job
Bloody ceiling caving in! Really should get it fixed...Bloody recession affecting so many people I knowBut on the whole, can't complain
Return to home turf and Champs start in first London Marathon for 3 years.Best Man for a mate's wedding in Sorrento... and all I'm thinking about is running routes on the Amalfi coast! ...ok, that and the speech.
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