Ho-ho-ho! Merry Christmas!
Time to do a quick stock take and plan the last of this year’s challenges.
Challenges last time
Way back in November, I had a stab at some weekly challenges.
- 5 runs at 25k mileage and tweet each one
- Join the gym I found – even if it’s just to use the swimming pool
- Finish the post on my runner’s knee problem and how I overcame it
- Draw a marathon shortlist for next year
And all in that week…well, with hindsight, it was a stretch target in that timescale. In the month since that post, I’ve managed to do:
- Couple of outdoor runs and several treadmill sessions
- Joined the gym – managing about 2 to 3 sessions a week
- Did the knee post and threw in a bit bout my feet
- I’ve just picked one for April 2015 – the Connemarathon
If you’ve been following my tweets, you’ll know I’ve had some logistical difficulties finding time to exercise. What I’ve decided is that between now and the new year, my challenges are more mental.
Challenges for year-end – clearing out my mental junk
I started this blog partly to help keep me accountable while going for my running goals, partly as a hobby and partly as a creative outlet. Boy, it certainly has been an outlet during what has been one of the most difficult times of my life. While I accept my responsibility for the debacle that was my move to New Zealand – after all, I made a free choice – I did not choose the consequences of that choice.
With some more time and perspective, I’ll probably be able to talk about it calmly, but let’s just say the tales on this website mirror my own experiences closely. Where I am now – personally and professionally – is 1000% better. I feel safe again. This has meant that after being so highly wound up for so long – living on my nerves essentially – I’ve unwound and gone, well, a bit ‘bleeughhh ergggg phewwwwwwwwww!!!’
I guess I’m trying to say is I have let myself go to seed. Physically, at least. Sure, I’ve got a hellish commute sucking all the energy out of my life and leaving me very little time. Sure, I’ve joined a gym and play in it a couple of times a week – but that’s no more then a sticking plaster, a fig leaf to keep me going just enough while I clear the crap from my mental attic.
And that’s going to be my challenge for the rest of this year – use the holiday season to relax, unwind and get the last of the bad stuff out of my system. It’s fair to say, I’m navel gazing. And it’s important I take this last few weeks of 2014 to get it over and done with as I look to move forwards.
Going full circle
This time two years ago, I was living in a shared house outside of London. I was travelling a lot for work, often spending three to four hours a day commuting. With such little time for myself, I let my health suffer and had to make a change. Well, I tried and failed and am now back living in a shared house outside London, travelling a lot for work and letting my heath suffer 🙂
But only for a few weeks more. I know what my New Year’s resolutions are going to be and I’ll talk about them in the New Year.
In the meantime, have a relaxing holiday season.