Soups - there really is nothing like starting from a massive base. It means you can incorporate more speed in the knowledge that the strength is there!
Minni/Seren - I tried giving up alcohol on year prior to New Years Eve. It was a disaster as we have so much on in the first few days. My twins birthday on 4 January has usually been a bit alcohol heavy.
My injury is progressing well Superman. I think it's because I'm not sat at my desk all day or driving too much. I'm really hoping to start jogging by mid-jan.