My New Years Eve review of 2012

What’s happened this year? Well for starters, it’s passed by in a blur. I know we all say that every year, but I’ve felt it even more so this year. So much so that I seem to be able to remember events of 2011 clearer than those of 2012. Looking back on my running is making me feel a little blue because I have finished the year with fewer miles under my belt and have lost what little pace I picked up in 2011. However…

I did complete the whole of Janathon. Again it was mostly cold and dark.

Janathon sheep - predicted to occur again within the first two days of Janathon 2013

Janathon sheep – predicted to occur again within the first two days of Janathon 2013

At the end of 2011 I had knitted half a sock. By September 2012, I had knitted a whole sock and had cast on another sock. I am proud to announce that at the end of the year I now have one and half socks. One day I hope to have a complete pair.

75% of a pair of socks. Or one sock and a very short leg warmer.

I also made a last ditch attempt to learn crochet before I ran out of year. I am no further along in learning to crochet since I wrote about that. In fact I have accepted that this is probably a sign that I’m not that bothered about learning to crochet. I am a knitter. I need two sticks to be happy.

2012 also saw me running more races than ever – I did the Age UK Wrap Up and Run 10k at Southport, the Bolton 10k, the Badger 10k, the inaugural Port Sunlight 10k and the Royal Parks Half. Crikey. That’s more than double the number of races that I did in 2011, which is something to be chuffed about.

10k penguin

10k penguin

Looking back, I remember that I joined a gym and was going quite regularly until we went on holiday and I haven’t been since. I should really go again. It is warmer than the outside and I don’t have to dive behind a bush if I need a wee.

Oh, and I did my treasure hunt for Juneathon. I loved doing this and it made me very giddy.

Athon barbecue and camping - well worth the previous 30 days effort

Athon barbecue and camping – well worth the previous 30 days effort

So what will 2013 have in store? I’m not setting any grand resolutions, but I do have an ever growing list of stuff to do in 2013… The year will kick off with another Athon (of course) and after that we shall see where the wind takes me… During last year’s Janathon I entered the ballot for the Royal Parks Half and was quite unsure whether or not I wanted to be selected. Now that I’ve done it once, I’d like to do it again and would be a little bit disappointed if my name wasn’t drawn out of the hat. Inevitably this means I will not get a place.

After the Royal Parks, I rashly decided to do a spring half and had been eyeing up the Blackpool Half. However, I’m already questioning the wisdom of this and will either weasel out of the whole enterprise or choose another spring race, probably miles away from home. I suspect that there will also be a couple of 10ks – I think I’d like to run Bolton and a Badger again, and I’m getting good vibes about another in Southport (I pick races on whether they give me a warm fuzzy feeling of excitement and joy).

This year’s new craft is going to be machine embroidery – I am booked on a course and everything. I may also try to deal with some of the more excessive corners of my wool stash. Or I may just add to them. It’s one or the other.

Oh, and I think I’d like to swim a bit too. I actually swam four times this year. Not in any kind of dolphin-like way, more of a splashy-don’t-worry-I’m-not-drowning kind of way (sometimes just floating around clutching a noodle) but I quite fancy doing a bit more.

Thank you for visiting and reading my ramblings this year – it really is appreciated – and I wish you all a very happy, fulfilled New Year.

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Is it that time already? Really?

The end of December means only one thing – the looming onset of Janathon. I tried to avoid it for as long as possible, but found myself looking at train fares for the post-Janathon meet up and realised that JogBlog wouldn’t let me have pizza if I didn’t sign up for the 31 days of hellish torture fun and exciting challenge that Janathon brings.

My running has been lacking a bit recently. Every time I think I’ve re-found my mojo, the good run is followed by a forced, difficult run that leaves me wondering why I bothered in the first place. I have started to blame my rubbish running for me not going out and running. However if I was completely honest with myself, I might grudgingly admit that my running is rubbish because I am not going out and running – clearly this is not rocket science, but I am in denial.

I am hoping that the single-minded focus of Janathon will be enough to get me back on track. Either that or by day three I will fall off the wagon  and never run again.

What I do need is something to make my Janathon blogs marginally more interesting – there’s no point in doing a Rocher-o-Meter this year as I am sad to report that I must have offended the Ambassador as NOT A SINGLE FERRERO ROCHER HAS PASSED MY LIPS this Christmas. Sigh. The scope for a wintery treasure hunt is somewhat limited as most of my runs will be done in the dark – at the moment I predict that my blogging will look something like:
Day One – Ran in the daylight – saw a duck [picture of duck]
Day Two – Ran in the daylight – saw some sheep [picture of sheep]
Day Three – Ran in the dark – saw the milkman
Day Four – Ran in the dark – saw the milkman
Day Five – Ran in the daylight – saw a swan [picture of swan]

I have a day and a bit to come up with something. Anything. Anything at all…

Last year's ducks

Last year’s ducks

This is the run I have been looking for

I cannot begin to explain how rubbish my running has been over the last few weeks. If I start by saying that I’ve gone a full seven days since my last outing… I have mostly been defeated by the old triangle of excuses (it’s been dark/cold/wet), I have been knackered in the morning and ravenous in the evenings and we had a few days off so running took a back seat (while I took a seat in the snug and indulged in both Yorkshire and Lancaster blondes). Also, I have spent the last few days shrouded in a gloomy grey mood that made me question the whole point of me going out running when ultimately both it and I are a bit useless*.

Anyway, the last run I did before my week of laziness/beeriness/gloominess was a lovely one. It wasn’t the fastest, it was all a bit stop/start in places and I have to admit that it didn’t feel particularly easy, but it was completed in daylight (yay!) with frost, crisp blue skies and a low-slung sun. It is the run that I wish I was doing every time I see runners out on gorgeous mornings when I am driving to work.

This was a muddy shortcut with crunchy puddles underfoot. It made me grin.

This was a muddy shortcut with crunchy puddles underfoot. It made me grin.

Crossing the troll bridge

Crossing the troll bridge

Apologies to anyone disturbed by the sight of me squatting in the brambles whilst taking this picture

Apologies to anyone disturbed by the sight of me squatting in the brambles whilst taking this picture

I liked this - it looks a bit alien, but I doubt it is.

I liked this – it looks a bit alien, but I doubt it is.

*I have shaken this one off and am now faced with a five o’clock alarm call in the morning…