I know, I know… the year isn’t exactly over, but there’s not long to go, and seriously who isn’t ready to kick 2016 in the arse and tell it to do one? I mean WT actual F was going on with this year?? Celebs dying left, right and centre, Syria going from hellish to significantly more hellish, random terrorists killing people in Europe, not to mention the total and utter bollock-fest that is Brexit. Ah but don’t worry, at least we ended the year with a Trump card! Shoot me now.
Of course on a personal level it’s not all doom and gloom, far from it. The first half of the year was pretty great, and a fabulous holiday in Lanza with my Pirate pals was a real highlight. June totally sucked balls as a close relationship with a friend came to an end, just as the Brexit vote came through, so that definitely wasn’t a good month. But, c’est la vie, and life does indeed go on. I think I went into a kind of post-Brexit haze, I completely buried my head in the sand about it all and did the whole “if I don’t think about it, it can’t affect me”. However, since I’m no longer 2 years old, I discovered that I can’t close my eyes and pretend it’s not there, so I pulled my head out the sand a couple of months ago. Then around the corner was another fabulous Pirate holiday, and some really good running events that left me feeling pretty good about my marathon next year. Then Trump won, and I injured my hamstring. Fucking hell (okay so the Trump thing is worse). In a way though, I was so shell-shocked that the UK could vote to leave the EU that it was like nothing else could actually shock me anymore. So I hate to say it but there are scary times ahead with him in charge, and possibly Brexit is the least of our worries. As I said though, life goes on and you just need to get through and make the most of it.
So where are we now? Well good old hammy seemed to be on the mend, so the physio tried to get me doing a walk/slow run on the treadmill today, but it didn’t go too well. It’s more sore now than it has been for a while. Bugger. I’m hoping it’s just scar tissue etc. that’s making it feel bad, but for the next 10 days I’ve got more exercises to do in order to test it a little under load, and then I can try 60s walk/60s run again. Fingers crossed. Unfortunately it means another DNS as I’ll not be able to do the Gut Buster 10 miler on New Year’s Eve (I also missed the Christmas Pudding 10k because of this, gah!) but very happily the organiser has said he’ll defer my place to 2017 which is fabulous 🙂 In terms of the April marathon, it’s not over yet. I’m hopeful that I will be back to running by the start of the new year, and I think I’ve still got time to get back to a good place. Brighton was going to be my A race, with Outlaw marathon my B race. I want to do a 5:30 marathon (well quicker would be FABULOUS but I’ll settle for that), and maybe if that isn’t at Brighton then it will be at Outlaw, so all is not lost. Shit happens, but it’s fine and i’ll do my best to do well in both races.
So despite 2016 throwing a vast amount of shite at everyone, I can honestly say there is still a lot to be happy about. I remain ever grateful that I live the life I do, that I have the freedoms I have and most importantly the most amazing bunch of friends and family in my life. That’s what makes it good 🙂
2017 for me isn’t about new resolutions but more about carrying on those I’ve started this year. I started writing some appointments in my 2017 diary today, and noticed the goals I’d written in the front when I bought the diary a couple of months ago:
- Get to goal weight
- Run a 5:30 marathon
- Run a 1hr 10k
- Run a 30 min 5k
- Pay off all my debt
I’ve already started down all of these paths. I’ve lost some weight this year and will re-focus on that from Boxing Day. The running is slightly hampered at the moment, but this year was about regaining a love of running which I’ve done, and I know I’ll get back to it before long. The debt is the biggest focus for me in a way, and i’ve been paying it off this year, but also adding to it by paying for the course I’m studying etc. However, next year I’m determined to get rid of it once and for all. I’ve got a budget planned out for the next 12 months, and by April will also have a little bit of emergency money saved to cover anything I didn’t anticipate, to prevent the need to add to the debt. I’ve had to say no to one holiday that I’d planned, but it will be worth it in the long run (to be fair i’ve already got 2 cheap Lanza trips planned & partially paid for, so I’m doing very well). There will be a lot of sacrifices in terms of social life etc. though, in order to reach that target, so apologies if I say no to a lot more next year. If I don’t make sacrifices I’ll never get it paid off once and for all. I’m looking forward to the challenge though, and I’ve got LOTS of things to look forward to in 2017, so i’m excited about that. Not least my fabulous new allotment!
So all that remains is to wish everyone reading this a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year, and to say thanks so much to all my friends who have supported me and made me laugh this year. I couldn’t have done it without you. Love you all xx