2016 has been a bit of a shit year, overall.  Yes, there have been some high points, but overall, I feel like this image sums up 2016 in a nutshell.

And this most certainly applies to me.

This year overall, I did a lot of writing and a lot of running and not much else, which is ok as I had to get my thesis finished. Whereas 2015 was filled with terrible personal lows, 2016 was more even-keeled, but challenging as it felt like every week we were saying goodbye to someone who had moved us on the screen, stage, or radio.

January: I attempted another Whole 30 but wasn’t really in the mindset.

February: I did some running and spent time in the library working.

March: I ran the Resolution Run 10K with a PR.

April: I tried out run club, I began to plan my 41st birthday, and got far too overjoyed at a reply on Twitter.

May: More of the above, only trying to look cool doing it.

June: I was on task to massively PR my 10k at the Women’s 10, but ended up injured. ūüôĀ ¬†This necessitated about 2 weeks off of running and then I began to train for my second half.

July:  Running.  Pilates.  Pokemon.  Writing.

August: Running.  Pilates.  Pokemon.  Writing.  Ran the OUT 5 miler (with no injury or issue, a rarity in 2016!)

September: Thesis submission. ¬†Running. Pilates. Start the fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday.

October: ¬†Run my second half, get injured again. ūüôĀ ¬†BIRTHDAY!!!! The Boys in the Band! Stina and Sara came to visit! So much excitement and awesome in one week! ¬†Raised over ¬£1100 for Switchboard for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday!

November: Do a whole lot of nothing. Run the MoRun 5K and PR. Pilates.

December: Get my nails done, drink a lot of Starbucks, PASS MY VIVA!

2016 in a brief nutshell:

Plays seen: 1
Trips to London: 1 ūüėě
Miles/km run: 472/759.6 (So should be 500 miles by the end of the year easy)
Pounds lost: ~30
Viva’s passed: 1

What a week. ¬†What started out as a great training week ended up being just a bit not good. ¬†I managed to pull my left hamstring on Wednesday and spent the ret of the week stretching, icing, heating, and foam rolling. ¬†I was able to do my long run on Sunday (I gave myself an extra day). ¬†I didn’t run 10, as I wanted to. ¬†I did run 7 and it went ok. ¬†Hopefully I have enough training under my belt to manage this coming Sunday. ¬†We will find out.

Monday:  A quick 2 miler.  I felt good and fast (for once).

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Tuesday: Pilates class

Wednesday: 3 miles (was supposed to be 6). ¬†I left feeling fine. Walking was fine, but as soon as I started to run my left hamstring was really uncomfortable. ¬†It wasn’t a stabbing pain, more like a pull. ¬†Last year I would have pushed through the pain but this year I played it smart and cut the run short.

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Thursday/Friday: Lots of rest, icing, heat, stretching and foam rolling

Saturday: I was getting stir crazy so I went to the gym. 30 minutes on the spin bike and 30 minutes on the elliptical.  No pain and I figured I was good to go for Sunday.

Sunday: 7 mile run (was supposed to be 10). ¬†While my hamstring wasn’t 100% pain free, I felt ok. I was actually a bit faster than usual, so I guess rest always helps (and bodes well for the half). ¬†It was a chilly and damp run which is part of the reason why I cut it short. ¬†I didn’t want to slip on wet pavement or leaves and really injure myself. ¬†Mentally, I could have kept running. ¬†But I knew that I should keep it a bit shorter. I’m hoping this was the right decision.

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This week will involve plenty of rest, icing, and foam rolling and I will try to pop in and see the physio just in case.

Sunday is the half!

 

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I’m still helping with the fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday! ¬†The fundraiser benefits Switchboard, and Mark is one of their patrons.

For more information, visit the fundraising Tumblr

To donate, visit the JustGiving page.

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This week was a relatively quiet week. ¬†It’s nice to have after the stress and hectic times prior to submitting my thesis.

Monday: 2 mile run. ¬†If only I could be this “fast” when I am running more than 2 miles.

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Tuesday: Pilates class

Wednesday: 6 mile run. I managed to accidentally pause my Fitbit for a few minutes.  I felt like my legs were really heavy and I was very tired on this run.

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Thursday and Friday: Rest days. ¬†I definitely felt like I needed more rest. ¬†I’ve been very sore and tired lately.

Saturday: 9 mile run. ¬†I’m not sure how I was even slower than last week. ¬†I felt achy and sore while running and felt really, really slow- which I was. ¬†I wish I could get over this mental hurdle, as I know a lot of it is mental.

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I certainly hope that the excitement of the race will help me pick up my pace and that I will be a bit lot faster than this run!

Here’s my view at the half-way point yesterday.

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On a completely unrelated note, I’ve organised a fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday. ¬†It benefits Switchboard¬†who do amazing work supporting the LGBT+ community. Mark is one of their patrons. ¬†You can donate here. ¬†It’s only been two days, but we’re already at 20% of the goal!

What a week!  This week I submitted my thesis!  Finally!

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Monday: A quick 2 miles.  I had already sent my thesis off for printing and this was a quick shakeout run.

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Tuesday: Double Pilates (trigger point and mat). ¬†It was Gail’s last week ūüôĀ so I booked in for both classes. ¬†It was just what I needed as I was feeling very tight.

Wednesday: 7 miles. This was originally scheduled for Thursday, but it was supposed to pour. ¬†It wasn’t raining, so I went out and got my miles in. It was a bit later than I normally go out, but it was a nice run all the same.

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Thursday:  Today was submission day! Other than walking around, it was a much needed rest day.

Friday: Unscheduled rest day.  It was pouring out and gross so I cleaned the kitchen.

Saturday: 9 miles. It was a really nice day out and I actually enjoyed this run a lot.  I felt good for most of it, although I was very slow.  I look forward to more runs like this (hopefully faster) and hope to see the leaves start to change as I run through Glasgow Green.

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Overall, this week was a really great week.  Not much longer until the half and then my birthday week celebration in London!

This is going to be a very short post, most likely. ¬†Last week was very thesis heavy as I needed to get it to the printers for Sunday. ¬†I was very glad that the week was light on running as I really didn’t have much time to do much else at all!

Sunday: thesis thesis thesis thesis

Monday: 4 miles. I felt really slow, but Runkeeper told me this was my 3rd fastest 6-8k run, so IDK.

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Tuesday: Double Pilates which was just what I needed and was awesome!  I felt really stretched out afterwards.  However, I did notice that this week we did knee/hip work and that seemed to coincide with my knee playing up again.  Hmmmm.

 

Wednesday: I was supposed to run 4 miles, but I had a supervision meeting and was totally crazed/stressed out and it just didn’t happen.

 

Thursday: 3 miles instead of 4. ¬†My knee had been really bothering me for most of the week, so I took it easy. I think this is the first time I’ve ever selected “bad” for a run on Runkeeper (not shown). ¬†I just felt so off. ¬†I wonder if the stress of the week was impacting me?

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Friday: Thesis thesis thesis thesis

 

Saturday: 4 miles were on the schedule, but I was way too focused on getting the last changes done and beginning the final proofreading.

 

Sunday: 4 miles. ¬†This run was “ok.” I think it has helped that I have been very diligent about my knee rehab exercises¬†again! My right knee was still a bit achy, but not nearly as bad as Thursday. ¬†I made sure that I got the run done before I finished my edits and then sent it off to be printed!

 

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So, like I said, a very light week and I am SO glad that this week was a taper off week.  I think if I had to run any more than 4 miles at any point I would have never managed it.  I spent a lot of the week stressed out, anxious, and sobbing, and while running helps with the stress, running something like 20+ miles last week would have ended me.