With 2016 coming to an end, it is the obvious time to look back on twelve months of running and blogging.
2016 has proven to be a mixed bag, running-wise. The first half of the year went well, with mileage increasing steadily, and the injuries staying away. The second half of the year featured a bout of illness, followed by the return of injury. Looking back at my progress at the start of the year kept me motivated to face the challenges ahead. I have been tackling my injury head-on, and training around it, to kept me moving along.
There were big plans for 2016, but ended up only managed to take part in two of my planned races. I completed my first ever Parkrun at Strathclyde Park in April, and despite running a relatively slow time, thoroughly enjoyed it.
The following month, I ran the Keswick Mountain Festival 10km. I under-estimated how hilly it was, as I wasn’t expecting two Lakeland fells in the first half of the race. Needless to say my focus was on enjoying the event, and that’s exactly what I did. The views coming down Maiden Moor and Catbells are two of my greatest running memories ever!
Sadly, the remaining races of the year were missed, due to a combination of illness followed by injury.
At the end of September, the shins splints flared up. As I mentioned in previous posts, this is a recurring injury for me. This resulted in me missing a few end of year races, and has resulted in me having to adopt a run-walk strategy for the time being. Fortunately, I am throwing all my efforts into fixing the problem. Hopefully this will result in a good start (and finish!) to 2017.
The Year Ahead
I now have my sights set firmly on the year ahead. My calendar of events is coming together (see the Upcoming Events page). I am looking at shorter events in the start of the year, followed by longer events later on. There will be a good mix of road and trail races, and a few trips to run in beautiful surroundings.
I will be making sure I keep on top of my injuries to makes sure 2017 lives up to my expectations, too. Fingers crossed it will be a good year.