It’s all over! I can’t quite believe it. A year gone just like that. When I started this challenge a year ago it was very daunting but a year on it’s just a way of life, part of my daily routine. So as you can imagine i’m having mixed feeling about today. On one hand I’m feeling relieved that I can have a day off and rest my poor aching legs and feet but on the other hand I’m feeling sad that it’s come to an end. I’ve enjoyed having something to focus on. Something that is just mine, Head space to think. When I run its the only time I really get to myself with no interruptions, just time to gather my thoughts.
When I started this I could only run 5k, a year on and i’m running 25k The challenge has made me realise that with the right mind set we are able to achieve much more than we ever anticipated. If we believe in ourselves and push ourselves anything is possible. It does however require willpower, strength and the desire to succeed. The biggest challenge for me this year was not the running but writing the blog. Oh boy how I found it hard and once you missed a day it was a downward spiral and then impossible to get motivated.
I am feeling very pleased with myself as I finished the year by running a total of 1,279 miles I did have lots of support from friends, running pals and work colleagues. The three main people who kept me going with their on going support and praise are my son, Sebastian, who has been my rock and given me great encouragement when I’ve felt low or lacked motivation. My best friend Rachel, who has been amazing and without her I probably wouldn’t have managed any blogging but with her constant nagging I had to write it just to keep her quiet. And of course my fabulous boyfriend, Henry. He has been truly amazing and supportive.
My last run was with the sweatshop running club, which was great because I started the challenge running with them and ended it with them. Some friends came along also which was really nice.
So there is only one thing left to do and that is to decide what happens next
Miles Today: 3.10
Miles Completed: 1,279
Another 3 miles down and just 3 more to go. Todays run was really hard. Not only did I go back to work but Henry went back to Bournemouth so I wasn’t in the best of moods plus ive not felt well all day and on top of this ive put on nearly half a stone in weight over xmas and its making my running very sluggish plus im not liking the way I look. I really need to think what happens after tomorrow because I don’t want to get lazy and then end up the size of a house, that just wont do. Henry has just bought me a new dress and there is no room for any weight gain and I refuse to take it back for a bigger size. Serious dieting starts tomorrow. it was starting today but I ate a giant size piece of Christmas cake
Miles Today- 3
Miles Completed- 1,276.04
Wow! That has to be the busiest Christmas and New Year I have ever had. My first Christmas with Henry and I have to say that it was simply wonderful. Lots of travelling to see families and lots of Salsa parties. I still think I should stick to running. Although I am improving at Salsa im still finding it hard. It really clogs up my brain and I always feel like going for a run to clear my head. Running has had its ups and downs over the few weeks. Running on Christmas day early in the morning in corfe mullen was dull, running up and down hills and no one else in sight but boxing day in Worcester was good. I ran from my sisters through the town to the river meeting Henry at the premier inn and it was all down hill. These are the runs I like The rest of my runs were varied, some in Worcester, Wimborne and in London. Back home in London and only 2 runs to go. Im starting to feel a little sad that its all coming to an end.
Miles done in this period of time: 30
Miles Completed: 1,273.04
First of all i would like to wish all the guys doing the challenge a very Merry Christmas.
What can i say apart from today’s run was complete pants. Not only could I hardly run because my legs are absolutely destroyed from Mondays run but its bloody hilly. Hate my Bournemouth runs. Really really not looking forward to my Xmas day run especially as I have to go early, get back to make everyone American pancakes and then travel to jolly old Worcester
Miles Today: 3
And so the madness begins. Im off to Bournemouth today. The start of all the traveling. Over xmas and new year we are going from London- Bournemouth- Worcester- London- Bournemouth – London- Bournemouth – London, am exhausted just thinking about it. On top of this i have the stress of food. I cant eat too much in case I cant fit into my New Years Eve dress
Run was good but a slow recovery run
Miles Today: 3
Miles Completed: 1,240.04
Today i took full advantage of being on my own. Woke up late, breakfast in bed, watched crap TV and then went for a nice run along the river to the city and back. My aim was to run 30k but sadly at 23 i could run no further. Calf muscles were killing. Still i was happy with the 23k average pace and hopefully i got rid of some of the calories ive consumed this week. i needed this run as i was very unhappy that i have put on a few pounds thanks to all the chocolate eaten in the last few weeks. For some reason my app has decided to delete all my runs very angry right now
Miles Completed: 1,237.04
Normally on a Sunday I would be feeling low because my darling BF goes home but as I will be seeing him on Tuesday and then spending 12 days together im fine. No Sunday meltdowns
As im off work im going to do my runs in the mornings so I can get back on track with my GPS. its starting to annoy me that my battery is always dead and im them limited on my run routes because I need to know the distances
Miles Today: 3
Miles Completed: 1222.75
Such a busy day. More shopping at westfields, Tapas for lunch, run and salsa night out.
Miles Completed: 3
Miles Completed: 1,219.75
Feeling happy. Last day of work. Its been a slow week but thank god its here. Absolutely knackered and so ready for a break. I got my run out of the way before Henry arrived and then we went to Putney for Salsa. I still lack confidence but I did have a good time. I would however still rather run a marathon than dance.
Miles Today: 3
On a mission to clock up as many miles as possible the plan was to run my 3 miles and then do the running club intervals, sadly this didn’t go to plan. I ran my 3 miles straight after work then headed to Westfields for a spot of shopping but I didn’t make it back for running club so I headed to ice and slice in Fulham and had a delicious hot chocolate instead
Miles today: 3