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me and Flo at parkrunHere’s my annual review of running, swimming and cycling, in the usual spirit of gratefulness, reflection and celebration.

Running – 953 miles
I’ve been slowly trying to regain the fitness I lost from that stress fracture last year. I got back up to half-marathon distance, and finished the year with my highest weekly mileage of just over 30 miles. I ran in Scotland, Spain, Palestine, Norway and France. 

I did 29 parkruns, 16 of them at new events for me: Foots Cray Meadows and Orpington in a New Year’s Day double with my sister Mandy; Finsbury Park on the day we sent out our Kickstarter rewards for Out of the Box Cards; Victoria Dock because I needed a V; St Helens when I was invited to talk about my book after parkrun; Jersey Farm on my birthday – 50th location and a J; Mile End parkrun because I had to do a trip briefing for Amos Trust one Saturday and that was the nearest parkrun; Eastville while in Bristol visiting my brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Wimpole Estate on the way to my mum’s annual family picnic; Catford on the way to visit my granddaughters; Mole Valley on a camping weekend with friends; Portobello while we were in Edinburgh for the Festival; East Brighton while visiting family; Upton Court on the way to the wood; Coldham’s Common on the way to my sister’s 50th birthday celebrations and Woolacombe Dunes while we were in Devon for Christmas.

Six racesHackney Half, Tromso Midnight Sun Half (the only one where I finished under two hours), Ealing Half, Royal Parks Half, Perivale 5 and Osterley 10k.

Memorable runs:

Swimming – 30km
I swam a lot less this year. I swam in Shepperton Lake once, and in Brockwell and Parliament Hill lidos a few times. We swam in the sea often in Menton in November apart from the day when there were hundreds of jellyfish. I had a quick dip in the sea on Christmas Day in Putsborough with my sister-in-law Ruth. I would like to be someone who goes cold-water swimming all year round, but I am definitely not that person.

Cycling – 740 miles
I had a place in Ride London this year but felt overwhelmed at the thought of getting fit enough to do it, so I deferred to next year. I didn’t spend a lot of time on my bike, but did have some fun rides:

It’s been hard to fit my fitness aspirations into this year of working full-time, starting a business and learning how to manage a woodland, but as always I’m incredibly grateful for all the miles I’ve been able to do, and I’m looking forward to next year.

2 thoughts on “Running, swimming, cycling 2019

  1. You certainly get about Jenny! Two places I recognized: Footscray. Meadows and Eltham! Places that bring back memories from my youth!

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