Well what a year 2012 has been.
I started this year with a half marathon PB of 2:33 and a goal to get it to 2:15 - at the time I thought that was a far fetched goal but I am pleased to say that back at the St Neots Half I managed to smash my target and got my PB down to 2:07.
I also had a target to get my 10k PB down from 1:09 to under the hour. Again not something I thought I could manage but today at the last possible opportunity I managed to get my 10k PB down to 56:22 so I am in a pretty good mood at the moment.
Todays run was the Ely NYE 10k. I entered this race the day it opened back in September - it didn't matter that I was in Dubai at the time. I was determined to get in as I had enjoyed it last year and it was a good job i didn't wait as it closed within the same day. It was a ridiculously windy day but I managed to plough on through and was very pleased to come out of it with a PB which is not something I expected when I woke up this morning.
Not only that but this year was the year of the Ultra - I can now call myself an ULTRA RUNNER wahoooooooooo
Next year I plan to do the following;
1. Take my Half Marathon PB down to under 2 hours
2. Take my 10k PB down to 50 minutes
3. Take my Marathon PB down to 5 hours (or under if I can)
4. Complete the Ocean floor race without completley breaking myself
5. Complete the Adidas Thunder run 24 hour as a solo runner
6. Complete the Fat Feet Grimsthorpe Ultra Marathon (70 mile option) in one piece
As mentioned above one of my targets and my very next race is the Ocean Floor Ultra Marathon. I leave the UK for Egypt along with my good friend Sarah Gardner Hall on the 31st January. I can't beleive how fast this has come around and can only hope my mixed training will be enough to get me through the race along with my sheer determination to get to the end and raise as much money as I can for Mac Millan cancer support.
I only met Sarah a short while ago - after seeing her at the Thunder run this year a solo runner (her not me) I contacted her to see if she would like to run the Ocean floor race. I didn't expect her to run it with me at all but when she brought it up and said she would like to I was thankful but also slightly worried as she is a lot faster than me (with a 2 hour lead on my best marathon time) However these worries proved to be unfounded as Sarah has been a wonderful support in the lead up to the event and has become more like a big sister to me than just another person to run with.
She now knows not to talk to me in the morning as I am grumpy as hell, she knows she can tell me to shut up and stop whining when I am tired and I know we will work well together when we finally get out to the desert.
So thank you Sarah for putting up with me and Here is to an incredible 2013 -
BRING IT ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would also like to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters for the Ocean floor race we couldn't do it without you and will be sure to send you photos of our treck when we get back :)
I would also like to say a big thank you to my mother who has been coming on several long runs with me in my training (as she is also training for her very own ultra) and my husband for putting up with all of my running and training and supporting me the whole way.
Also good luck to my Dad who will be completing his very first Marathon in Dubai in January - GO DAD !!
Happy new year everyone. See you on the other side