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How are you doing with your goals this year?

So.... its that time of year when we start looking at the goals we set for ourselves ( if any at all). I think its always good to take a step back and celebrate any achievements small or big, and think about the following year.

Lets have a chat about how we have done and any learning and thoughts for next year...

Juju

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I am up to 915 miles and I am really hoping to meet my target of 1000 miles for the year as I didnt last year.✔️

My streak has continued✔️

Pull up training- this is so NOT on track, it might be a 2 year plan rather than one!!! ✖️

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Become a runner. Check! :)

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Boom... cant beat that :)

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Love the pic! And you are just amazing!

My goal was to hit 10K with you and your Magic number plan. And with your help I did it! Not as soon as I'd hoped due to injury, but I did it all the same. I had no other aspirations other than to keep on running. Here I am, still running, a 10 mile race under my belt and beginning training for a HM in March next year. You're right, that's well worth stepping back and celebrating :) Goals for next year have to be to complete the Half Marathon, but also to enjoy it (I didn't enjoy my 10 mile race and that was a bit sad). I'm sure I won't run any further than HM so I will need to find what will keep me motivated to run - so far it's been one challenge after another and the sense of progress; not sure what will replace that next year - TBC :D

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Yay I am so pleased for you, I hope you are really proud of yourself..... lots to look forward to in the coming year :)

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I have completed two half marathons this year (my first ones!!!)

Unfortunately I have also put on weight as I can't seem to stop eating as if I am still running 20 miles a week..... when that's in under control I'll be happy!

Next half in May

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well done, and I think the food thing is so hard when you do marathon training as the eating becomes habit! I am sure you will nail that one!

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GREAT pic!!!

I got through all the races I'd booked this year - if rather more slowly than I'd have liked! Actually that's not quite true, I deferred the Brighton & Hove Triathlon, but that was only because I'd double-booked myself 😄

I managed to pass my fundraising target for the 100K, which was a relief!

I went windsurfing on the sea - several times!

I've been through the wars with niggles and training, and I think I'm quite a bit stronger now than I was this time last year.

Having said that, I too have not got very far with my pull-ups. I reckon there's a mental game at play!

I found it very difficult to cope with having so many Spring races booked, and my plan is to rein it back A LOT next year. I thought long and hard before booking my half marathon for March - decided to go for it so I didn't miss the chance, but if I don't feel up to it on the day I won't be going.

No marathons or ultras for me next year, but I'll be working on decent PBs for 5K, half marathon, and triathlon. And getting somewhere with the pull-ups and windsurfing 😊😊😊😊😊

Oh, and I'm going to be 50 next year, so I'll be doing a lot of celebrating 💥

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Awesome!!

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That is superb you have achieved so many amazing things... and 50... boom! I am one year behind you so 2020 will be my big one... 50 and fabulous, its where life really begins :)

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1) Not die from being a lazy good-for-nothing couch-sitter. ✔

2) Find something worthwhile to do - to make not-dying worthwhile. ✔

3) Lose weight - from 86 Kilos, target 79 Kilos. Ummm, 80 Kilos with a month to go....

4) Make new friends. (That's you lot) ✔

OK, no running in that list, I hadn't even heard of Couch to 5K in January, I found out in late April. Next year 10K for sure!👍

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Love it... :)

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That is superb, I am so glad the not dying was achieved!!!!

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Brilliant photo JuJu! The first 3 totally sum up why I resolved to not make any more resolutions years ago 😁

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Great idea to look back at what we have achieved this year, regardless of whether that was your intent on January first, everyone on here has achieved so much this thread is bound to be very popular! Well done on your run-streak, I can't even begin to imagine running every day for 2 weeks let alone 2 years, through illness, busy periods and foul weather, you are an inspiration 😍

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2019 didn't get off to a great start, GP telling me my BP and cholesterol were high but at least I didn't have diabetes (yet 😟). I had lost count of the number of times I had tried and failed all manner of C25K programs, I'm not even sure why I started the One You App in January, surely I was destined to fail again....

But here I am, not only am I running 3-4 times a week, taking part in 10k races and seriously thinking I might be able to complete a HM, the fat kid who hated cross-country (AKA round the school's sports field-) running with a passion, is but a distant memory.

I'm 10kg lighter, my BP is slap bang in the middle of normal and I can only guess that my good:bad cholesterol ratio will have improved although to be honest my diet is still centred around the 2 main food groups; chocolate and biscuits, with the occasional cream cake for balance.🍰 I'm sure I read somewhere that runners need lots of carbs😉

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Next year I have signed up for a Virtual Runner Challenge, the one where you commit to covering X km per month, and you are rewarded with an interlocking medal for each month you complete, I am aiming for the 100 km option. It's not that I actually like running you understand, but I need to justify my chocolate consumption somehow 😉

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Wish me luck - or better still, join me! 😀🏃🏻‍♀️

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Apologies for all the emoji coding text, not sure why that was added and I can't seem to delete it either, I get "server error" each time I try

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Haha. Love it. Like the sound of the interlocking medal - can I ask which website that is through? I'm looking for something to keep me committed next year :)

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It was Virtual Runner UK:

virtualrunneruk.com/product...

This is the challenge I signed up to but just discovered I signed up to a 500 mile challenge when I logged in just now, running may be helping me lose weight but it doesn't seem to be helping my dementia!

I liked this one because you can set a different goal each month (25, 50, 100 or 200k), the ribbons will state your selected distance, so if you know you will not be able to get out as much one month you can choose a shorter distance.

Let me know if you decide to do it, would be great to have a little support group for monthly distance challenge in here :)

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I like the look of that - although it would end up the most expensive medal on my rack :D I think I will sign up to it too :)

I would quite like to do an annual total distance one as well, but need to think what would be a challenging but realistic distance :)

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That sounds like a wise move, I am already thinking 500 miles may be too easy if I continue (or hopefully extend) my current weekly mileage, I could be done with that one by August! Ah well, at least a charity is benefitting from my donation :)

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lol. You can often change them up or down ... no excuses :D

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Ha ha - BUSTTED! :)

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I'd quite like a 75k option for the monthly one - being away for a couple of weeks in Jan means 100k is unlikely, but 75k would be a good challenge. Maybe best to start with an easy win :D

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I've just signed up for Jan, Feb and March! 50k, 100k and 100k. I like all three charities too which is a bonus :)

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Well done Linda, the challenge is on! :)

It's great that they support a different charity each month, that way you can support 12 different charities over the year and you are more likely to find yourself supporting a cause you believe in, as you said, it is quite a financial commitment and it is good to know your money is supporting a variety of causes, not just one.

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That is truly inspirational, how fantastic, you have alot to celebrate... and I love the added sparkle of the Apple colour emoji, I used my imagination for those ;)

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As ever, my goal is Just to keep running Ju... I feel as if I have been on the IC so many times since the beginning of the year.... and the none running related bit of that, grieves me!

But I have got back on track. each time after... thanks to the support of all the friends here... and am.. God willing and the Queen..heading for my first HM in March..:)

I need to build up my strength and stamina more.. and learn to eat more!!! ( Maybe I could learn to like chocolate and cake if I really tried:)

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Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor.... learn to like chocolate and cake? You jest, right? Surely everyone is born craving chocolate?

Good luck / health for your HM in March, I am certain you will nail it, but only if you consume enough chocolate! ;)

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You will crush that HM Floss!

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Hope so.. I am feeling uncertain as I have had bronchitis,, and am feeling a tad low at the moment... But.. slow and steady eh? xx

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Sorry to hear that you have suffered with bronchitis Floss, no wonder you feel zapped.😧

I hope you are over the worst and beginning to feel a bit stronger and that your energy returns.

Take care, I know you are keen to start your HM training, ease into it, plenty of time to build your stamina up...

Thinking of you,😊xxx

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Look after yourself Floss. You will prevail. xxx

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Which HM are you doing ?

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Monsal trail... Derbyshire

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Just had a quick Google. It looks ace, also sold out. Good luck with it, I'm sure you will smash it 💪 Ive been thinking about doing the brighton HM. I could run /walk it, its just up the road from me. The sweeper bus goes round after 3.5 hours. So even my snail pace should be able to beat that. My neighbour has signed up for it. Thus far I don't think he's done any training !

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I am hoping I will at least complete it.. I think the Brighton one sounds great...:)

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I did the super sprint triathalon in Brighton this year, it was ssuper fun. I've got hooked on collecting bling now, I'd love another medal

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I’m not doing that one this year You’ll be fine with it I enjoyed it 🙂👍

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Brilliant.. wish you were there though too :)

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I do now I was trying to cut back a bit to make room for the ultra in May. I am doing the Ashbourne ten mile in March and have a tough ten km in May as well I enjoyed the monsal though, having never been through the tunnels before 🙂

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You are a true fighter, and after each time you get stronger and learn more about yourself ( I know that I certainly have). Onwards and upwards eh :)

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I think I’ve done ok running wise. Done 972 miles this year, not including today, which I’ve not downloaded yet.

My gym stuff got off to a faltering start and has now been postponed due to a hand injury.

Did a marathon, a couple of half marathons, and various other ten milers, 10k’s etc, triple hill challenge, Cardiac hill, and I won three age category prizes, so not a bad year, apart from my recent tumble. It didn't stop me running thank goodness 😁

i fancy having a crack at an ultra next May. Hope to get back into the gym once my hand is better.

I’m still enjoying my running as much as ever and looking forward to a new running year

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Wow! that's amazing. What an inspiration :)

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Superwoman.

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That is some awe-inspiring mileage 🙌🙌🙌. You'll crush the ultra next year!

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Awesome!

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You’ve had an incredible year, totally amazing! 👏👏👏

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Thank you. Up and at em. Next year is already in the planning 😃

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Huge well done thats alot of miles...... and I am so sorry your hand is still bad, I really hope it gets better soon so you can get back in the gym. An ultra..... now that will be very exciting :)

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😃👍

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At the start of the year I had no goal to become a runner.

I did have a goal for my 20 years of marriage to make it to 21, which lasted a whole month. That led to running and starting Couch when the weather lifted some in the spring.

My goal then was to do the next run each time, hence the way I sign off most messages. Then reach 5k. Then feel comfortable at 5k. Then reach 10k. Then get back to 10k again. All achieved. Now work towards HM.

It’s been quite the year.

Enjoy your next run, everyone x

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Superb, and enjoy the next run :)

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I'm not much of a resolution type person but given I was completely hooked after completely C25k and reaching 10k in November, I decided to set a distance goal. I had ran 348km in 2017, starting C25k at the end of April so I figured 750km would challenge me, but still be attainable for 2018. Well I'm at 686km to date and have a 12k run planned for tomorrow. If I continue to follow my HM plan, I should easily reach my goal this year. I'm still tossing around numbers for next year, but am hoping to reach the HM distance with road running, and will be signing up for a 20k trail race in the fall so am thinking perhaps a 1000km goal for 2019? I'm going to have to get more consistent on crosstraining though I think.

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You are right on track for 750 so 1000 should be totally do-able next year. Way to go Sask!

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Yay, huge progress and lots to celebrate. well done you :)

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I turned 50 this year and I had some loose goals I was hoping to reach. First, to finish a HM, which happened in May and then a sub 2hr HM which happened in Oct. (that was a quiet mental goal but still a surprise when it happened along with PBs for 5k and 10k). There were some others like a sub 30 5k and a sub 1hr 10k which happened too, but then you just want to go faster still :). I also set a Garmin distance goal at some point for 1200km, which happened recently. I am at 1435km now, so I think 1500 should be possible. I had wanted to make a few friends through running and I’ve made more than I hoped for both virtually here and in person through my run group. I feel very thankful to have been given this gift of running. I only wish I had found it when I was a bit younger! :) Next in the plan is a 30k in March and then perhaps a marathon later next year if all goes well. Then someday maybe a race in Iceland or Berlin, or Big Sur...

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You've had an amazing year Decker - some huge achievements made! Can't wait to see what you do next year!

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Thanks Sask. It has been an eye opener of a year!

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Impressive !

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Thanks Snuffy

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Omg, a sub 2hr HM, that is incredible! I would be overjoyed with sub 3hours, wel done! 👏👏👏

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It was barely sub 2, but I will take it :)

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wow thats quite a year..... 50 is clearly when the fun starts :)

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Haha, yeah Ju-ju, who knew?

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Or 60! 😁💪 yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeha 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏅

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Haha YES!!!

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My running resolution was two-fold complete a HM and run a 25min 5k.

In March I copmpleted the eastbourne HM and in October I ran 5k in 25:25.

Along the way I have set more goals and acheived much more - too much to list here. Running has taught me a lot about myself and what I can do with the right mindset.

Next year it is back to the same HM (this time with a target time of 2 hours) and to run a 5k in under 25mins. Other than that I have several races planned. So I just want to keep on running. Oh, and I want to complete 100 push ups.

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Wow 25:25 is proper quick. You will snag sub 25 for sure. This has been a great year for you. Keep on keepin on!

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Thanks Decker. If I can emulate your sub 2hr HM next year than I will be more than happy

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I can easily see that happening and then some! 👊

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Thanks Decker. If it do then I will sign up for the Gatwick HM in May too!

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You’ve achieved so much and I’m excited to see what next year brings for you.... well done 😺

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Hi there,

Well, my goal has been to maintain the fitness achieved in getting to my second HM in March, plus a kilometre total of 900kms run over the year. As my work base is now closer to home I wanted to add in cycling to work once or twice a week......weather permitting.....(i’ll run in anything but cycling.....well - last time I cycled was about 20 years ago....)

My running has been ok, a few 10k events,a10 miler and one more HM making two for the year, I’m on target for my 900km, fingers crossed, just over 50km to go......

Cycling, we’ll have been doing quite well, but I haven’t managed much since the clocks changed, but I will continue to give it a go...

So overall not bad.

If I meet my 900km I will put it up to 1000km for next year, I’ve already got 3 HM’s booked.....Cambridge, Edinburgh and Swansea....as well, and will aim to keep up the cycling.....as long as the work base doesn’t change - I have a love/hate relationship with cycling......I hate it whilst I’m doing it, but love it afterwards.....😂, oh and I’ve started doing yoga, so will aim to keep that up in 2019 too.....

Great achievements and stories all, on we go....onwards, ever onwards....😄

Mx

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Well done Madge. You’ll smash that 900. I’m with you on the love-hate of cycling especially this time if year 😁

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Thanks Decker, yes, I’ve built my cycling confidence so far...(plus it’s made a difference to my overall fitness) .and I don’t want to stop just because of the dark, cooler temperatures and a few showers, so I’m determined to at least give it a try - I’ve got the most fabulous jacket that is so reflective i’ll look like I’m radio active! 😂

Mx

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Haha yes, sometimes the right clothes make all the difference! And you will be seen by all the drivers and perhaps a few passing aircraft 😁

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Superb achievements and lots to look forward to next year..... I also plan to start cycling to work but I have the slight issue of not owning a bike!!!

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Hi All

I am a bit of a list person so at the beginning of this year I had a long list of races I wanted to do and a few other goals:

I listed 8 HMs I wanted to do, I managed to complete 10

Get my 5km time to sub 30 (sitting on 28:05)

I completed the mapmyrun challenge by running more than 1018km for the year (currently on 1332km)

I wanted to complete a sprint triathlon (doing my third one tomorrow :))

Submit my MSc dissertation (waiting on results)

Dive more! (Been diving most of this week and last at the aquarium as part of a lobster behavior experiment)

and in May decided to enter my first full marathon (completed on 23 Sep)

I did not reach my sub 60 10km due to calf strain injury but managed a 61 so next year will get there. I have managed to maintain my weight this year but still need to lose about 8kg before I reach a healthy BMI.

I am happy with what I have achieved this year and look forward to the challenges next year brings!

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You have achieved so much this year. Congratulations! Diving too! Is that where “dive” in Divemonkey comes from?

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Something like that :)

We have an deep water camera at the office where I am based for my MSc called the skimonkey so changed it to divemonkey for me in the hopes to dive more :) Liked it as my xbox name so used it here too :)

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Nice! Well it is definitely working for you 🙂

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Blimey you have achieved an awful lot of stuff...... well done!!

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It’s good this is 😃. Some awesome work being done peeps 💪. Love it 👍

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I’m so happy just reading all theses achievements, we have a fabulous bunch of people here 😻😻😻

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Lack of sleep has scuppered my HM plans for now, but I’m now (virtually) halfway along Hadrian’s Wall and am going to do Marcathon 2018 - well try to anyway- where you have to run at least 3 miles or 25 minutes, whichever comes first, every day in December, including Christmas Day

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Love this idea, that should set you up nicely for Christmas too....

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I’m enjoying it. I’m sleeping better which makes all the difference 😊

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I'm not really sure what goals I though of on the lead up to this year, it's been one of upheaval for me 😕house move,partner moving away and a bit of a general "where am I going in life "feeling!! But always the running has been the constant and I am very thankful to discover it back in 2014! So on positives of the year I won a cross country "handicap " 5 mile race and have my name on a cup back in March, I have new pbs for 5/10km and HM, and I've had fun supporting my friend (and boss) through her 1st 10k /10mile and HM races! 😊

I'm now in 4 different run groups ,am better at hills than before but could do with cutting out a few cakes! Still a few more races for this year to keep me on my toes!

I'm the plus side I have beaten my 1000 km total for last year as am on 1070 as of today 😊

My aim next year is to go beyond the 14 miles which is my longest run so far and suss out nutrition and hydration to stop me feeling shonky at the mid to end bit of these longer runs!

I love being part of this supportive community and making new friends and keeping old ones xxx

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Huge well done on your running achievements but I am so sorry to hear that life has been difficult. You are so right though, the running keeps us going when it gets tough.... let’s hope 2019 brings lots of good and happy things for you 🤗

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Thanks juju xxx

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Aw Ali that's tough matey. I hope next year will be a good one for you 🙂👍. I dare say it will be packed with running 💪👍🏃‍♀️

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Hope so, yep you could be right with the running!!😆xxx

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This year became a trotter at 75.

Found the running candy store.Healthunlocked.

Tasted some of it’s pleasures.So many many more.

Experienced,parkrun,magic10k,HM solo, daily running for a month, twice per day for a month,60 km per week level,5k speed challenge.

Dec 2018/2019 will see twice daily gym sessions alternating HIIT and strength to see what times I can post for all identified distances from 100m - 5k.Looking to drop 11kgs from 83kg to 72kg, all round the middle.🙈 Will hopefully get a few trots out at weekends for vitD.

God willing the arrival of our fifth grandchild.

💥🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💥

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Lovely post, and yes this is a super candy store, I love that analogy.... and I wish your family the safe arrival of your fifth grandchild 🤗

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