What a year!
I don’t suppose I’ll ever get over the fact that 2016 was the year I had a ‘nervous breakdown’ but I’m going to re brand it as the year of ‘personal growth and learning’. So having dispatched the elephant from the room, what were the highs and lows of 2016?
This was my highest mileage month ever, with 64 miles (102km). Although it was hard work, I remember my 8 mile run in the snow along the canal wearing my new windstopper goretex leggings. At the time I didn’t appreciate it, thinking only of the challenges ahead on my marathon training plan (a symptom of my impending problems I expect) but I remember that snowy run fondly.
I never really appreciated what a good running month that was, in terms of miles and consistency, so I’m appreciating it now instead!
February/March weren’t good times and I sought solace in cake.
I Read this book. Contemplated his views on the holistic approach, stress, cortisol production, sugar metabolism and anaerobic exercise. I decided to give it a go with the ‘ 2 week test’ (carb free) and the 180 formula.
This was when I didn’t do the Edinburgh marathon. Once the date had passed I did ease back into some gentle jogging.
That summer I managed to exercise (not all running to keep my HR down)consistently, lose weight, lose body fat and gain muscle mass. The maffetone method appeared to be working for me so I stuck with it.
We moved house and I found some new running routes. I particularly enjoyed running accross the top of wiswell moor on a beautiful sunny day. I’ve enjoyed finding new routes, being in the hills and enjoying the views.
Bittersweet. I had a big BIG birthday! Hubs took me for a surprise trip to Florence, (with my trainers) but I never did get up early enough for that first light run around the duomo! Sadly it meant that the deadline had passed for my ambition of running a marathon before I’m 50. However, with reflection I came to see that being 50 didn’t mark the end of my youthful, fun life so there’s was no need to fit the marathon in before I got there. In fact, no reason to fit a marathon in at all, unless I’m enjoying it.
I bought Buddy. It’s a new way of doing things. I can jog at a slow pace, any time I like in the comfort of my own home. I can listen to music and sing along ((badly!) in complete privacy. It has added a new element of fun to running – winter running in particular.
My first attempts at barefoot running on the treadmill. Interesting! Where will this lead?
Overall there have been a lot of positives in my running year. I feel stronger. I can walk around and carry stuff without getting short of breath. I feel like I’m standing up straight, my legs feel strong. I don’t dread the stairs. My back doesn’t hurt as much as it used to – that could be the weight loss. I can wear the ‘small’ theatre blues so I never run out of clothes- there’s always plenty of small on the shelf!
writing my blog as been a positive too. I’ve had so much support and fun with fellow bloggers😊 Thank you all!
so despite its problems, 2016 has been a positive year. I have learned a lot and have had the opportunity to develop a a solid base for future running, a healthy base that doesn’t leave me tired and exhausted.
here’s to 2017!