Looking forward and looking back

Hi everyone, now we're coming to the end of the year I thought it would be nice to take a moment to reflect on the things we've achieved in 2009 and look forward to the things we might do in 2010. I'll start...

The good stuff:
Joining a running group and meeting some super lovely fellow runners.
Giving up my gym membership and discovering how good it is to run outside.
Doing my first HellRunner and LOVING IT!
Breaking the 10mile mark.
Feeling like a 'proper runner.'
Getting my boyfriend out on a run after 18months of trying.

The bad:
Having a fight with a bin bag and twisting my ankle in a big way just before the Delamere 10k.
Still smoking. grrrrr.
Still haven't quit my job.

Doing my first HM.
Hopefully HellRunner round 2.
Quit my job!!
Get boyfriend out on his second run. One step at a time!
Doing a Helly Hansen challenge and other such muddy fun.


  • LP8, sounds like a good year! You must tell me what worked to get your boyfriend out on a run at last. I'd love mine to like running too, but he's adamant he's not interested...

    The good stuff:
    Finishing dissertation for masters degree
    Amazing holiday in California driving a convertible Mustang
    Taking up running again and feeling amazing for it
    Rediscovering reading fiction instead of textbooks
    Camp Bestival - PJ Harvey and Bon Iver, and the fireworks were amazing

    The bad:
    Horrible run the other day getting hopelessly lost and running past a sewage works twice - ick.
    Spending far too much of the summer in the library writing dissertation and missing out on the fun stuff

    Running first marathon in under 4 hours?!?
    Coming up with a fantastic fancy dress costume for Camp Bestival (thinking Captain Haddock at the moment)

  • Best bits for me were doing my 1st HM and riding (most of) the Beast of Coed-Y-Brenin on my bike!
    Worst bit- too much stress at work.
    2010- hope to do my 2nd HM and have less stress at work
  • Best bits -

    Taking up running again but in a more serious way!!

    Running my 1st actual race (Seaside 10K).

    Signing up for my 1st HM in January and sticking to my training.

    Signing up for my 1st Marathon yesterday (April 2010)

    My last LSR 8 miles of madness, best run of my life!!

    Finding a cracking new job!!

    Bad bits -

    My calves killing me for a week after my 1st 10K.

    Getting made redundant.

    My windy run this morning!!

    2010 aims -

    Complete my HM in sub 2 hrs.

    Complete my marathon in sub 4 hrs.

    Get a sub 45 10K time.

    Enjoy my running!!image

  • This year:

    What was hot:
    PB's for 5k, 4 miles, 10k and 10 miles
    My new camera
    Being unemployed

    What was not:
    Being injured for months
    Being 8 seconds short of going sub 20 minutes for 5k
    Being injured for months
    My inability to swim continuous lengths FC
    Being injured for months
    Not getting the money to buy tri gear
    Being injured for months
    My GF telling me 'it's over' after 6 years
    Being injured for months
    Being unemployed

    Run my first marathon in sub 3:30
    Try and stay injury free
    Find a nice girl that won't get bored with me
    Do my first tri
    Find a job

  • ClagClag ✭✭✭

    The good stuff:
    10k PB
    Getting married (after biking to the loch to meet the minister and my friend, just the 2 of us!)
    The post wedding party
    Getting back up!

    The no so good stuff:
    Working too hard and going under
    Losing my mojo for a few months
    Pulling out of HM due to illness

    2 marathons in 5 weeks (Lochaber and Edinburgh) & hopefully a sub 4
    1:45 half marathon
    Stay happy!

  • Good

    First HM

    two new 10k PB's


    Health has taken a dive of late

  • Good 

    Taking up running seriously and racing again. 

    Surprising myself over 800m

    Representing England o35's at tennis

    Cambs County Mile holder


    Bad knees all year including 3 weeks missed training.

    Still relatively weak at any distance over 3k. 

    First time in over 10 years I didn't travel abroad.


    Win British Masters indoor 3k

    Medal at over 35's Euro Champs in 1500m

    PR over at least 5 distances

    Full year of injury free training against a serious plan

  • The good stuff:
    A new mara PB
    Found some great new places to run
    Joined a new gym and enjoy going

    The bad:
    4 months not running due to PF
    Could have got a better mara PB - not what I'm capable of

    A year off racing and just going back to running for fun.
  • The good:

    A healthy year after stomach problems the previous year.
    Really getting into running, and managing three half marathons.
    Also joining a gym, and pushing myself.

    The bad:

    Not managing to shift any of the weight that I wanted to.
    Five weeks out with a hamstring.


    Get a few pounds off, and crack the 2 hour half.

  • The good:

    On my 4th attempt, getting a place in VLM
    Finally getting help from my doctor/NHS to help sort out my dodgy leg
    Getting more into running and starting to feel like a runner

    The bad:

    Making excuses not to run early on in the year
    Pulling out of Silverstone HM due to injury
    BLISTERS! The misery of my life at the mo.


    Complete and enjoy my first marathon (VLM!)
    Take part in more races and spread them out better throughout the year.

  • The good (not necessarily in order of preference!)

    - 20 fell races, one road race

    - 48 miles from home to in-laws' house across the Pennines

    - 97 mile cycle sportive and 30 mile mtb race

    - Cycling 6 hilly miles each way to work pretty much every day

    - Wife had our baby

    The bad

    - No time to run since nipper (5 runs in 4 months!)

    - Cracking foot on a rock in Edale Skyline and having to hobble last 3 miles in delirious agony

    - Um, not much more. I'm lucky to have had an ace year.


    - Lots of short races (no time to train for longs ones any more!)

  • Dr.DanDr.Dan ✭✭✭

    Good: 5K PB, 10K PB, 10 mile PB, HM PB. Buying a bike.

    Bad: Realising I had pSVT which wrecked a couple of big races. Also, peaking in March and then having niggles and injuries for too many months.

    Hopes for 2010: First marathon. Ablation to stop the pSVT.

  • good stuff

    decided to break away from my counselling work and do something less demanding

    rediscovered my love for theatre and music

    did my first race in reasonable time.

    In spite of COPD lung capacity improved a bit

     a stone lighter

    Bad stuff

    not as much spare cash

    running hit and miss

    swine flu

     still smoking

    hopes for 2010

    no  smoking

    my little collectibles business taking off

    doing Amsterdam mara

  • Harriet, I'm ashamed to say it was purely relentless nagging. And the poor guy is too nice to say an outright no. After saying 'next week' 'after I've shifted my cold' 'when my knee stops hurting' etc etc forever, I finally managed to make him commit to a Sunday and I made sure we went out before anything could pop up. He likes the idea of doing exercise but basically can't be arsed. Not going to give up though. I'm queen bee. I'm always right. And HE WILL RUN!

    God, I just read that back and I sound like a bloody nightmare GF. Promise I'm not. honest!

  • The good

    Shaking off ITB injury and running quicker than ever. PBs at 5,000m, 5k, 10k
    Winning my first ever race
    Winning my second ever race image
    Discovering off-road racing and coming 2nd in the Beachy Head marathon
    New job

    The bad

    Bloody ceiling caving in!  Really should get it fixed...
    Bloody recession affecting so many people I know
    But on the whole, can't complain  image


    Return to home turf and Champs start in first London Marathon for 3 years.
    Best Man for a mate's wedding in Sorrento... and all I'm thinking about is running routes on the Amalfi coast!  image ...ok, that and the speech.

  • Moraghan - some impressive targets there for the new year.  Good luck!
  • Thanks Phil - good luck with your racing too.
  • The good:

    Finally got myself into a proper training routine, and making some serious progress at every distance.

    Getting into the top 15 in the under-20 category in the GSR image

    Gaining a ton more self-confidence through running and feeling great because of it.

    Progressive Nation (one of the greatest nights of my life image)

    The Bad:

    Lateral knee ligament injury in February, kept me out for almost 2 months.

    "Friends" who said my running would never account to anything.

    Breaking up from a supposedly fine relationship.

    Having to work so much harder at University this year.


    Silverstone Half - being a fanatical F1 fan, this is a dream come true for me.

    Kilomaton in October - I'm using it as a stepping stone for the marathon.

    Starting to build towards my first marathon.

    Becoming faster and fitter than ever.
  • good

    3 HMs in a year

    got into uni to do a masters

    bought my first house!!! image

    started work at a new place and loving everyone there image


    no new PBs image

    going part time at work (due to uni) = less money

    plans for 2010

    run my first mara

    get my masters dissertation well underway

    hopefully run the whole plymouth half course (blinking hilly and it beat me this year image)

    my baby sis will (hopefully!) graduate image

  • Good:

    First half marathon - and of course got a PB

    just found out I've got a club place for VLM

    Discovering I can do long runs when it's hot in the summer


    Not being about to beat my 1/2 M time in two subsequent attempts


    Get HM time as close to 2 hours (or even sub 2!)

    Run first marathon

    Climb mount kenya in Feb

  • great idea for a thread!

    The Good Stuff:

    • Actually starting runnning over the summer
    • Buying nice new running shoes and gear
    • Breaking the 10k barrier
    • Breaking the 10 mile barrier
    • Breaking the HM Barrier
    • Signing up to Runners World image
    • Joining a newly formed university running club and running with other people for once!

    The Bad Stuff:

    • Getting a stress fracture - out for 8 weeks
    • Missing my first race (Robin Hood HM) due to stress fracture
    • Missing my second race due to unexpected university fieldtrip with my course

    Still to come in 2009:

    • My first race - The Cotswold 10k on 29th November!
    • New running gear for xmas!

    Looking forward to in 2010:

    • Tough Guy 2010 (Jan 31st)
    • My first HM race
    • Trying to beat my 10k PB in a race (if i don't get injured for this upcoming 10k)
    • Improving my running!
  • Whats good now

    • being a succesful race director
    • Enjoying my MMA training
    • Learnt to skip
    • slowly started running again

    Best of all time running related

    • Captain of a winning relay team
    • Getting my first sub 40 for 10k
    • The great feeling I got for running 10 miles for the first time
    • The day a really good runner came up to me and said "Your getting good at this keep it up"
    • Winning runner of the year in my running club
    • Organising my first race

    Bad dont want to think about them now

    Still to come

    • Finally beat injury and become a better runner
    • Run an Ultra
    • Do a proper fell race
    • Do the Dallas Marathon one day
  • Good Stuff
    - Bought running shoes
    - Did my first race
    - Did the FLM (6:00:00)
    - Became a runner
    - Joined a running club

    Bad Stuff
    - Blisters
    - Blisters
    - Blisters
    - Put on weight, even with all that running!

    To Come
    - Lose weight
    - Do a slog race
    - Do VLM and improve my time by at least 1 hour with better training
    - Stop smoking......
    - Start cycling to work (step 2 of tri - swim to come later!)
  • Silburbas wrote (see)
    Bad Stuff ====== - Blisters - Blisters - Blisters
    How true image
  • we ain't achieved much  image
  • The Good

    • Parbold Hill Race. (Feb)
    • Cloud 9 Hill Race. (Mar)
    • Swimming in the river plus some cycling and running..(Jul/Aug)
    • My Library Hospital 5k x9 (Sep)
    • My Greenway 6.5k x9 (Sep/Oct)
    • Sandstone Trail Race (Oct)

    The Bad

    • Flu (Dec/Jan)
    • Piriformis Syndrome (Mar)
    • Cold (Mar)
    • Sprained ankle (October)
    • Sandstone Trail Race (Oct)
    • Flu (Nov)


    • The Outlaw Triathlon (Aug) [Sub 11 with a no walk marathon]


  • EDIT to my earlier post!!image

    Just got a sub 45min 10K so aiming for sub 44mins now!!image

    (sorry for posting this all over the place but i'm genuinely shocked and mega chuffed!!)

  • The good:
    - Rediscovering running, having picked it up in February after a break of way too long...
    - Running sub-45 (by 1 second!) in the Oxford Town & Gown in May
    - Running sub-40 this month at the Andy Reading 10k
    - Doing my first half marathon

    The bad:
    - Being a misunderstood runner image
    - Finally getting struck down by the office bug this week

    Coming up in 2010:
    - My first 26.2 miler - I'm running the Paris Marathon to raise £1000 for The Stroke Association
    - A sub-1:30 half marathon (fingers crossed at Bath in March)
    - Joining the local running club
    - Dare I say it, but aiming to go sub-36 on the 10k...

  • The good:
    - 3 As in my A-Level exams (biology, chemistry, maths)
    - Securing my place to study Medicine at SGUL next year
    - Taking up running
    - My first >10mile run
    - Sub 48min 10k
    - Sub 7min/miles for the first time
    - Just about to embark on some major travelling - 7 weeks in Sri Lanka, 6 months in Indonesia surfing

    The bad:
    - Injured my knee by doing too much too soon
    - Major unhappiness caused by all revision, no fun
    - Working so much I missed out on several months of running

    For 2010:
    - Start Medical School
    - Finally be able to commit to running without surfing getting in the way (not much surf in London!)
    - Sign up for a HM or a Mara
    - Start Tri...possibly

    - Sub 43min 10k
    - Sub 20min 5k
    - Respectable HM/Mara time
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