how far has running brought me in 2015

2015 round up – how far have I come…..

I started the year hoping for a quieter year, but by February was facing my Dad’s diagnosis of cancer and all of the treatment and appointments that this entails.  I am lucky to have a very supportive partner who has helped me through all of this but without my running I’m not sure where I’d be.

My running stats for 2015:

  • Miles: 851.64 miles
  • Time Spent: 5 days, 11 hours, 51 mins, 57 secs
  • Number of runs: 190
  • Races: 5
  • Parkruns: 43

I am so, so pleased with this – I can’t believe just how much I have done.  This is my fourth year of running and the most miles ever (by way over 200 miles).

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A few runs stand out for different reasons.

14th February – the first parkrun that OH came with me for a long, long time (and only his 3rd run).  He has now done 40 parkruns, several races and has totally got the bug.

17th March – a training run of just over 13.1 miles.  2 miles further than I’d ever run before – and the day of a hospital appointment with my dad.  I was emotional, terrified of what the doctors were going to say, tired from lack of sleep – but determined, stubborn and pushing myself to cope with everything else.  I cried as I ran, I walked a few stretches, felt like quitting.  But with a couple of miles to go rang my Oh and asked him ‘to give me a verbal kick up the arse!’ (after asking if I was OK and did I need picking up) he give me the kick and I managed to finish.  It helped me deal with the rest of the day.

18th October – Bridlington Half Marathon – my first half, and something I didn’t think I was capable of.

I’m ending 2015 with lots more running gear (these sales are just too tempting – I’ll be showing some of my new purchases soon); with a dad just about to turn 70, who is currently cancer free; a house we are making a home, happier than I’ve ever been; a member of a running club!

My last run of the year was at sunrise today – a beautiful clear day.  Just over 3 miles and we saw a barn owl and four deer.  This morning is exactly why I like to run outside first thing in the day! (I wasn’t quick enough to get a pic of any wildlife though).

So what has running brought me……?  this year it is a sense of personal satisfaction and achievement that I never thought I’d have and many, many new friends.  Joining in more at parkrun has been wonderful and having my OH and son joining me too just makes it all the better.

This post has been about looking back over the year, I’ll save the thoughts on the year to come for another post.

Happy New Year everyone !!

It was a good one…

So yesterday’s run was a good one 🙂

OH had the day off work, so I had company for a change.  Now I do enjoy my solo runs, but it is nice to have company occasionally.

I generally set the pace when we are out together – running on footpaths means we can’t run side by side, so one of us has to be in front.  I’d wanted a fairly quick, but sustainable pace and had planned around 5 miles.  I’ve found some runs recently really hard work – even the shorter ones – since the half marathon, and am just starting to feel like it is coming back together again.

As we had the dogs with us there was the odd stop for them – including a paddle where I ended up with very wet feet! I love this slightly more relaxed run sometimes – great to see the dogs having fun, and having a bit of a laugh ourselves.

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Dogs having fun

The run was about 5.2 miles in just short of 45 mins – slightly quicker than I’d hoped for.  Very happy with that.

 

Tonight I have planned a 5k tempo run with running club.  Rain is forecast so it might be a bit of a damp one – best make sure I’ve put contact lenses in as running in the rain in glasses is not good.

A milestone!!

This journey began several years ago, trying to run just one mile.  Last night’s 5.5 mile club run took me to this:

800 miles
802.9 miles in 2015 !!!

 

This is the most miles I’ve ever run in a year (by well over 200) and over the last month I feel like I’ve not really done that much either.

Now compared to some I know that this is probably not many miles at all.  But I also know that for others they will look at this and think they’ll never be able to do that many (I know that is how I would have felt a few years ago).  At the end of the year I will have a look back to see what I’ve done, but I didn’t want to let this milestone slip by without shouting about it 🙂

It still amazes me that I can run at all, never mind that I’ve run that many miles in a single year.  I often struggle to praise myself, don’t accept compliments very well at all – would certainly not say that I was a good runner.  (My partner gets very frustrated with this – it affects all aspects of my life, not just running.  I just don’t believe I’m good enough).  But…….  even I can see that I have achieved something with my running this year.

Club running

Here I am again, and hopefully in a brighter frame of mind today J   November is over, and my training stats look like this:

  • I ran 14 times
  • 6 miles
  • 1 hours

So a massive drop from what I had been doing!  Is this a bad thing?  I don’t think so.  I think my mind and body needed a bit of time out and I’m now getting itchy feet and wanting to get back to it a bit more.  This will hopefully give me the motivation I need through the cold, dark days, when it is harder to get out and run.

I’ve had a few good runs the last week or so, but due to other commitments had to miss club running last week.  This week was a joint run with another club – just over 7 miles run in unfamiliar territory.  I’m still struggling with evening running (I much prefer mornings!) but otherwise enjoyed the run.

It did bring to light some interesting points though.  As a very new member of a running club I wasn’t quite sure how club runs work.  The club I joined has a system when out that the faster runners periodically loop back to the slower ones – this means that the group doesn’t get too strung out and no one is left on their own – nor have the feeling that they need to run faster than they are comfortable with.  I’ve really enjoyed this, and it has really made me feel part of the group.

The group we ran with this week works in a different way – the fast group set off and the group I ended up losing sight of them within the first mile.  Didn’t see them again till the end of the run.  Talking to some of the other members this is the normal way for them – no one loops back for others, so you have to find someone to run with and keep up, or run on your own.

Not having much to compare too, I definitely prefer they way the club I joined does it!