Generally I get to this point in the year and go back to the posts I wrote in January to assess whether I met the targets I had set for the year.
But, I don’t appear to have written a post like that for 2016. So how can I address whether I succeeded or not?
Compared with last year, I have had fewer ‘active’ days, covered less miles, ran fewer times up Everest. All mighty impressive when you consider that I have run three marathons this year.
2016 will definitely go down as the year of the marathon having run a PB in London, and then two lapped courses at Gravesend. But actually, I have PB’d at every distance I have raced this year, and competed in a number of parkruns and cross country events for the club this year.
Despite the obvious highlight of PBing in London, I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of cross country running on the mecca that is Parliament Hill. This was a truly exhilarating race, but tough like I have never experienced before – I can’t wait to go back again in a few weeks’ time.
Whilst I might be disappointed about the 10km time not quite edging below 40 minutes, I can take heart from this effort late in the season, against vicious headwinds, and see my way to improving this time in the coming year. I also feel the need to address the parkrun time as the PB set at Horsham was almost certainly a short course, and I only narrowly missed out on bettering it at Middlesbrough in the run up to VMLM.
For me, the biggest set back came from the injuries and illnesses that I seemed to sustain from about May onward. This limited my training for the two Gravesend efforts, and made me a miserable bugger for a large part of the year.
2016 has been a funny old year around the world, so I look forward to moving on to 2017 and seeing what that brings.