A Welcome Return!

Hello! Welcome back!

It’s been a while, but it’s good to be back and have actually something to write about.

Since my last post, illness and injury have put paid to any attempts to do periods of training. This unfortunately started on a weekend away in Glenelg for the Lochalsh Dirty Dozen, resulting in me withdrawing from the event after a couple of miles. It’s such a great part of the country, so I was happy to enjoy a relaxing weekend enjoy the stunning scenery.

However, I’m now back pounding the streets, thanks to extra gym work and even more stretching. I’m going to tempt fate by saying my health has been better too. Weekly mileage is still in single figures at the moment, but for me, my main focus is to get some fresh air and keep moving. The company of club mates is an added bonus, even though I’m often seeing them as they pass me in a flash! There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of running in company.

My targets for the year are often reasonably sensible (see Events). I’m also building in time to the schedule to do challenges that are not organised events, giving me plenty of options for adventure over the course of the year ahead. The start of the year will be mainly 5km races, with 10km’s towards the end of the year. There are a few hill walks tempting me as well, with Conic Hill, Tinto Hill and Ben Ledi looking like interesting options.

I’ve also got a couple of trips to Keswick planned in, including one trip to run a 10km trail race. Having previously ran off road in the Lakes, I know how hard it can be, but that is part of the appeal. The last long downhill off this race, passing Skiddaw and Latrigg Fell and with views over Derwentwater, will be something to look forward to.

So, onwards and upwards is the plan for this year. Here’s hoping its a good one!