In some ways we are very much into the New Year now. Back to work and back to school for everyone, although I still feel in something of a period of transition. I’m still eating Christmas chocolate for starters. But January is definitely here with the gym adverts, diet programmes and good intentions all round. I’d say this means it is time to get back to the running but I did a lot of running over the Christmas holidays. 47 miles during my 10 days off work which for me is a lot of running. I’m feeling comparatively lazy now that the new year is here and life has returned to the normal routines.
Before I write about my plans, or should that be lack of plans for this year, I want to stop and reflect on 2017. For all of it’s faults and my problems, it was a good year for life and running.
I ran 732.5 miles in 2017 with 79,334 ft elevation gain. I’m very happy with that elevation gain. I didn’t realise until I checked the stats from last year but I did 100 more miles this year compared to 2016. I’m never going to set myself a target number of miles for the year because injury and illness get in the way. Considering I’ve had both injury and illness in 2017 those numbers make me very proud.
Here are some of my highlights:
- Bought a house and moved to the most amazing part of Yorkshire which happens to be dream trail and fell running country.
- Running my first Wainwright, Place Fell during a camping trip to Glenridding.
- Finished the Snowdonia Marathon in just over 5 hours despite thinking I wouldn’t even make it to the start line.
- Made new running friends and had some excellent adventures. 2017 was the year of post race pub shenanigans, good run chats and car shares to further away races.
- Trip to Mull and actual views from the top of a Munro!
- Survived my first multi-day event, completing all 4 Tour of Tameside events. I came 8th out of 23 finishers in my age category which isn’t that impressive but it means a lot to me as I gave those races every last bit of energy I had.