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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Morning fellow running friends,

I have run my last run of 2017 this morning to earn the very lovely masquerade ball mask that you can see in the photo πŸ˜ƒ The bottom photos are the medals that I’ve signed up for so far for next year πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…

Due to the enormous amount of rain that I’ve had recently, I had to rethink my route as my local country park is flooded and completely impassable, unless you wear wellies and I’m really not sure that running in wellies is a good idea? 😬

So, a new route had to be found and quickly as I had to run today to claim my bling!! Instead of studying numerous maps to see where 5k would get me I just decided to start running and see where me feet would take me πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I passed the hospital, the train station and arrived at Aldi thinking that I’d at least done 3K but oh no πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 2.3K!!! What?!! It felt so much longer than that. Maybe it was the fact that it was along a pathway and not through a leafy, muddy, puddle infested park but boy did it seem long........

Anyway, I carried on, and lo and behold, I discovered what I knew was coming but I was still dreading it. A hill. A very long and steep hill πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. And then the rain started followed by gusts of what can only be described as hurricane force winds (maybe not hurricane force but it felt like it!!!) Upwards I went, digging in to my reserves and sheer bloody mindedness!! Reached the top and almost felt like I needed the hospital, which at this point is very conveniently placed where the hill levels out. Hmmm... maybe there’s a reason for that.....🧐

I admit I had to stop for 30 seconds just to get my breathing under control and a quick look at my phone tells me that I’ve only got 1K to go to complete the 5K.

Breathing back to normal, off I set to finish the last KM. Rain 🌧 is still lashing down, wind πŸ’¨ is still gusting in my face, legs are still plodding on πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ and I must look a right sorry state of affairs but did I care? NO!! Absolutely not!!

Run finished and with a 5 min cool down walk, I ended up at my front door. Exhausted. Muddy. Wet. Windswept.

This was my hardest run to date and one that I won’t forget in a hurry but did I enjoy it. Yes and that probably confirms, that deep down, I am a sadomasochist!!

So as we all prepare to say goodbye to 2017 I’d just like to say thank you to each and every one of you that have helped and inspired my in my running journey in 2017 😊😊

Much love to you all and have a happy and healthy 2018.


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A happy new year to you too, sheer bloody mindedness seems to be a common trait shared by many runners

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Fantastic well done Kimchoc08

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Fantastic effort Kim! It's been a fantastic journey for us all in 2017, 2018 promises to be spectacular. My very best to you and yours πŸ‘πŸ˜ x

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