Happy New Year and welcome to the start of a new decade! 2020 has arrived.
2019 was a frustrating year in my running universe, it began with recovery from a torn calf muscle the previous October and continued with recovery from shin splints and a strained thigh. But these frustrations serve to highlight my determination to get back to fitness and to continue running.
I ended the year with two five mile runs, one on Christmas Day with my younger son and the same route on my own on the Sunday. I had planned to do Christmas Day parkrun but got cold feet about the crowds and parking, and my son wasn’t bothered so we just went out later that morning. My son is a) younger, b) taller, and c) faster than me but he was very good at keeping a slower pace so that we could run together. This meant that I was running a slightly faster pace than usual but I managed well and we certainly deserved our Christmas lunch afterwards.
Again plans changed as on the Saturday after Christmas I decided against parkrun (was it raining? I can’t remember) and chose to do the same five mile route on the Sunday. My legs felt heavy and there were times where I was running into the wind but I carried on and completed the distance. Slower than before but still in a good (for me) time.
- No. of runs: 107
- Total distance: 592.7 km (368.3 miles)
- Total time: 72h 39m
All time stats
- No. of runs: 249
- Total distance: 1483.4 km (921.7 miles)
After what feels like an eternity of injury, I’m finally getting back to fitness and can feel myself getting stronger with each run. I start 2020 with great positivity and am hoping to add that elusive half marathon to my list of achievements.