A review of the year in the usual spirit of gratitude and celebration.
I’ve run 1490 miles this year, just short of the 1500 mile target I set myself at the beginning of 2020. I’ve been struggling with hamstring tendinopathy since the end of October, and so my mileage has tailed off. My final run of the year was along my favourite river route this morning which felt glorious after a couple of weeks with a heavy cold.
I’ve done ten parkruns since they restarted in July, with five new locations – Sizewell, Holkham and Brandon Country Park during our holiday in Suffolk and Norfolk, York the day before the marathon in October, and Pegwell Bay with Harry in December.
I got four medals this year – Queen of the Suburbs, Round Norfolk Relay, Ealing Half and Yorkshire Marathon.
Some memorable runs:
- Run the Wall half marathon – a virtual race in place of the Palestine Marathon that was cancelled due to Covid
- Long run to Southwold – a 20 miler as part of marathon training, ending up under the pier at Southwold in the rain.
- Run to Dulwich park with Abi as part of one of her ultras to raise money for London Air Ambulance, and then a very slow summer league 5 miles. Plus lots of early morning river runs with Abi where we put the world to rights through all kinds of weather.
- Club Champs mile round Lammas Park, because that’s the fastest I’ve done it for years.
- Round Norfolk Relay stage 7 – my absolute standout run of the year and a fantastic weekend.
- Ealing Half Marathon – a delight to run it with my friend Anna.
- Yorkshire Marathon – proud to finish in 4:10 and to run with Harry, although not the time I’d hoped for. Very grateful to Mandy, my sister, for getting me home afterwards, and to Grace and Mandala for supporting!
Mileage for this year was 2,180 with lots of cycle commuting to work, to meet people, as part of longer train journeys to avoid the tube and to an interview just before Christmas. I’ve done some very satisfying long rides to visit people, particularly while I’ve been off work and have just booked one more for next week before I start my new job. I trained to be a Bike Buddy with The Bike Project and enjoyed cycling round Uxbridge with my buddy helping her to be more confident on the roads.
Some memorable rides:
- 56km on my 56th birthday – cycling to the wood where Jonny cooked me shakshuka
- Cycle to Margate for the weekend – to make up for our family holiday being Covid-cancelled.
- Taking Seville oranges to my sister Liz in Harpenden, although didn’t enjoy getting lost on the way home.
- Cycling to Ely the Monday after I left my job – a great way to mark the start of something new
- Ride from Chester station to St Beuno’s for a retreat, oblivious of how hilly it would be, but a very appropriate way to start the weekend. You don’t climb the hill, you don’t get the view.
- Cycle to Eastbourne to visit my friend Wendy – which made me determined to find a better way to plan routes than the Google map cycling option!
I’ve swum just under 50k this year – lots of those in Heron Lake over the summer. I’ve also swum in Acton Pool, Kenwood Ladies Pond, Walpole Tidal Pool, Henleaze Lake in Bristol, Parliament Hill Lido, West Reservoir, and Hampton Pool. I did two events – Turner Swim one mile in Docklands, and the Dock2Dock 1.5k swim in the Royal Docks.
As always I’m so grateful for all that running, swimming and cycling gives me especially in these continuing strange times. I’m ending the year at my lowest fitness for a long time according to Strava, but not too bothered about that and looking forward to what next year will hold.