No, not me! Sadly no PB to report. I’m referring to time itself!
Driving back from town we came down a road that I often run down when it’s dark and raining as the streetlights and pavements make it safe. Last year I really enjoyed the Christmas lights people had put on their houses and gardens and now they’re all back again. Surely it’s only a few weeks since I was last appreciating them? It’s like summer never happened!
It’s getting to that time of year where people generally review last year and set goals for next year. Being a conforming kind of person I’m sticking with that tradition.
last years goals for me were minimal, to run 10 miles per week, to do dry January, and to be vegan for a month. I did well with the alcohol free, vegan month but despite losing 7lb didn’t keep it up as I felt quite tired. The running didn’t go quite so well. After I went back to an omnivorous diet it picked up a bit in the spring, but I had a major setback in July when I injured my back. Overall I have tracked 250 miles in the last year, so only half of what I wanted to do but hey, better than nothing. I’m still running 2 years in.😇
This year I have started early with the goals.
One of my resolutions is not to work when I am on leave, so I have segregated my emails so that I’m not picking up work stuff on my phone. The last couple of holidays I have had have been spent fielding emails/ writing papers/going in for meetings when I’m supposed to be doing things with Joe, which isn’t fair. He already does a 10hr school day to accommodate our jobs, enough is enough. I don’t mind being phoned if there’s a clinical emergency, but there’s a team there at work for everything else. It isn’t that anyone forces me to do work, I just have a nasty habit of volunteering. I’m trying to give it up.
Re fitness I will try to adopt a more holistic approach, and make allowances for the fact that I am not in my 20’s and have a lifetime of inactivity behind me! This week I did yoga on Sunday, 2 miles run on Wednesday, 500m swim on Thursday and 2miles run on Saturday. There should have been another run on Monday, but I didn’t find the time, what with Christmas shopping and all. Interestingly I also had ‘DOMS’ in my thighs and bum after yoga! I know yoga is supposed to be gentle, but you do do a lot of planks and lunges in all those asanas! Anyway I’m hoping that adding the yoga/swimming/ rowing will increase my general strength, tone and fitness and so reduce the risk of injuries when running. Only 2 mile runs, partly because I’m getting back into it, partly because I have been able to persuade Joe to run with me😄😄😄. Gently, I’m trying to persuade him that this is a good pastime and that he can do it too!
I have signed up again for dry January. My dad was an alcoholic and died of liver failure. Although a few drinks can be fun, out of control alcohol spreads misery. I support dry January because I would like it to be popular and to get more people to think about their alcohol consumption.
Otherwise my plans for the year are to focus on the things that are important. Family, friends, love, peace and community. Research shows that making a contribution is the most consistent way to be happy. I want to spend some time thinking about my personal strengths (and limitations), and how to use my time to best effect. (Maybe I’m having a mid life crisis?) Something to ponder whilst I’m out for a run!
So it’s time now to sign off and to wish you all a happy winter solstice (yay, 6 months on the way up), merry Christmas, and joyous new year!