January: The year started with me getting back into training after an extended break from running, I got stuck into my training plan and built my base for the challenges ahead.
February: I did my first race in almost a year at the Maverick race Sussex. I loved getting back on the trails and being part of a race environment again.
March: Was an up and down month. I had to drop out after 17 miles of the Thames Meander marathon as I had severe period pain which was not ideal. I ran the Richmond half on my birthday and almost got a PB despite running 24 miles the day before! I also had a very enjoyable long run in Amsterdam along the river while on a short break.
April: I missed quite a chunk of training due to a bad chest cold so this month was all focused on recovery and easing back in. I also got out to the North Downs Way for the first time ever, and did a recce of the second half of the NDW50 course and found the hills to be brutal.
May: My goal race for the year the NDW50. It was a great day out, super challenging but I made loads of new running pals along the way and I got a PB for the 50 miles distance too.
June: I took a few weeks off post ultra and then decided I wanted to do an Autumn marathon, I hadn’t done a marathon for over 2 years, and started to follow the Hanson’s marathon plan in my quest for a sub 4 hour marathon.
July: I now realised why I hadn’t done an autumn race in so long as summer training is so tough in the heat and humidity. I really enjoyed following the Hanson’s plan, and enjoyed the speed and tempo sessions though they were challenging. I also ventured back to the NDW for a half marathon on the worst section of the NDW between Reigate and Box hill and back.
August: I finally did my 50th parkrun- hoping to get close to 100 in 2018. My mileage and sessions really peaked in my Hanson’s marathon training. This was my highest ever running mileage month at 238 miles.
September: I got struck down with an awful gastro bug the week before the marathon, but despite this I got a big marathon PB in Richmond though not quite the sub-4 I wanted
October: I took some time off post race and really focused on strength training again, hitting the gym 5-6 times a week to build my strength for next year. I somehow got a PB at Southwark parkrun 2 weeks after the marathon. I focused on short runs with lots of runs with my OH as he trained for his first ever race in Hawaii.
November: We spent 3 weeks in the states and I kept up my strength training and some running too. We did the Honolulu half, which was the hottest race I’ve ever done, it started at 5.30am because of the humidity, it was so fun to run together in Hawaii, but it was brutal conditions and there were no medals! We also did a parkrun in San Francisco at Crissy Fields, great one to add to the tourism list.
December: I focused on building my base for 2018, with my 4th year of Advent Running and 5th Marcothon, running at least 5k every day of the month for 182 miles to round out the year. I started my training plan for 2018 mid way through December, and so far it’s going pretty well and I ended the year in a really good place looking forward to the challenges 2018 has in store.