The last 12 months havnt exactly been my finest what with the EB virus the first part of the year and then lots of silly little injuries I inflicted on myself because I was too impatient to get back racing. Then getting pneumonia 2 weeks before the world 100k champs resulting in a DNF (no big suprise and in hindsight I know I shouldn’t have attempted such a challenge). I won’t lie, more than a handful of times I thought about jacking it all in and binning my competitive career but I am glad I didn’t….one by one my sessions have improved and that little glimmer of hope trickled back into my mind. I was beginning to think that maybe I was just getting to old for all this.
I ended the year with the rather blustery Endurance Life Dorset Ultra…..whilst the apocalyptic weather put paid to a fast time I was happy to come away with a win and the chance to hangout with the Way’s for the weekend. After the initial shock of running such a long way, my legs seemed to come out of the race with a whole new spring in their step. Since then sessions have showed a continued upward curve and as a result helped me regain some confidence in my abilities once again.
So as 2016 begins I hope this year is considerably better than the last one. I have a few race targets, most specifically I hope to return to the roads this spring and pop out a marathon just to see if there is still a marathon runner somewhere inside? I am super excited to be going to the Lavaredo Ultra Trail race in the Dolomites, this is going to be a huge test for me , 119k with 5,850ms of ascent. It also starts at 11pm so I will have to start practicing running throught the night. I have also entered the CCC in Chamonix in August so I will just have to wait and see to find out if I have got through the lottery. I havnt really thought any further ahead as I think these races are enough for me to think about and the moment.
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2016 and wherever your running takes you this year do it with a smile