Firstly I hope everyone enjoyed a good festive season and that training is going well. It’s not always an easy time of year to make running a priority and January can sometimes be a bit of an eye opener as to just how close that spring event is.
When I first started running I was guilty of setting myself totally unrealistic goals for over the Christmas period. I was always definitely going to run on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and probably Boxing Day as well. The problem with that is if I didn’t do it there was a tendency to dwell on what I hadn’t run rather than what I had. Now I set myself far more modest goals and just try to keep ticking over and to work off the worst of the excesses. This year I managed 4 miles on Christmas Eve, 4 miles on the 27th December and 10K on Sunday 29th.
Since my last update I’ve run in a couple of races. A trail 10K in late November; this was a great route with lots of uphill sections and some tricky technical downhills. It was bitterly cold and a thick fog made running downhill at speed a mixture of thrilling and terrifying. I then had a few days off and managed to pick up a heavy cold which totally floored me. I had a mixed terrain half marathon planned for the 1st weekend in December and it was touch and go whether I would make it. In the end I took my place on the start line and a few days rest must have done me good as I finished my racing year with a hard earned half marathon PB (a 3 second PB but they all count).
It’s sometimes all too easy to be daunted by the workload preparing for a big race, or 5, presents. I try not to view it as something to be daunted by, it’s a challenge of course but one that should be fun. Yes there will be bad runs but it’s all about getting through them, learning from them and then enjoying the good runs. I’m not really one for New Year resolutions but a new year and new challenges ahead has definitely focussed my mind to ensure I give the most I can to these races. I’m starting the year in confident mood, my body is injury free, I’m rested after a hard 2019 and mentally I’m focussed on what needs done.
Good luck in your training over the next few weeks, happy running.