I like to think that each of the last thirty years I have been knocking around on this planet I have filled to the brim with exciting activities and life events. 2014 was again another exciting year, not least because it included my wedding, thirtieth birthday and bashing out my 70 mile ultramarathon! Here’s the run(!) down of my year…month by month…
I kicked off the year with a trip to London with my friend Amanda.
February was also Vicki’s 30th birthday – and in fancy dress.
I marshaled at the Thames Trot and got to meet a few people from Twitter in real life.
After two months of waiting we had our offer accepted on a house (although the owners later changed their minds and we ended up not purchasing the house…very frustrating!)
One of my friends had a baby shower for the twins that she was expecting so I spent an afternoon celebrating with her in Stoke.My parents and brother visited and we put a lot of work into tidying up our house and garden.
I also ran 70k at the Conti 12 hour run on the Bank holiday weekend where I really badly salted up and hadn’t fueled efficiently. I then went on to support at Milton Keynes marathon the following day.
I got to wear a silly hat and a bright yellow t-shirt depicting that it was my ‘Hen do‘ whilst celebrating with my closest friends.
I had another go at Shires and Spires 35m although suffered badly with heatstroke on what was a very hot day. Good job we spotted a shop for ice lollies on the way round!
One Sunday I headed to Coombe Abbey to marshal Go Beyond’s running festival on a very hot day and in beautiful grounds.
The final race for the EMGP series was Milton Keynes 10k and I was very happy with my race – just as the series finished!
I also spent a day marshaling at Pitsford Tri with Go Beyond…
My lovely bridesmaids organised another hen do for me with just my four bridesmaids and we spent the weekend glamping in Norwich.
The same weekend I ran the Race for Life 5k with my Mum at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.
On the very first day in August I ran and ran and ran, completing the Grim Reaper 70m race in Lincolnshire. One of my greatest achievements to date.
Then just seven days later I got to wear an ivory dress and marry my best friend in a little village in North Norfolk.
When I returned from honeymoon (and also, a little whilst I was away!) I helped organised my friend Zo’s hen do and spent a weekend in Norfolk chilling with old friends.
Dan came with me to run our first obstacle race and I really surprised myself by enjoying it as much as I did. (Although was a lot slower than expected with all of the obstacles to navigate!)
We also met Dawn French after seeing her show Thirty Million Minutes in Milton Keynes one evening.
I started the month off by being bridesmaid at one of my best friend’s weddings…
…grabbing a few hours kip at the end of the night before an early start to my second marathon of the year, Mablethorpe marathon. Not a PB but I was very happy with my determination and consistency at the race.
I gave Dusk ’til Dawn 50 another good go, this time with friends, and learnt even more about my running strengths and weaknesses. Coming away with a ridiculous injury from the weekend though!
October finished by me celebrating (not sure that’s quite the right word!) turning 30 and buying a new car.
I started at a new job in a state school one day a week alongside my existing job, which in January will become a full-time position.
The Three Counties Cross-Country season started for me at Wootton – as I had been away for the first home race the previous month.
I also went away with a large amount of other runners from my club to Gower for the weekend to run a trail marathon (my third marathon of the year) and loved every second.
Working at two schools alongside each other got very, very busy and December became rather hectic. I made two club Runner of the Year videos and made it to the club Christmas meal and presentations evening, where I picked up the Group 5 Runner of the Year award.
After spending Boxing Day at home, we spent two days with Dan’s parents in Wolverhampton where they had all of the family round…including seven kids under the age of seven (four nieces, a nephew and two children from next door). Dan and I acted as child entertainers for the best part of six hours, and made the most of when the kids were quiet (whilst eating!)
We spent yesterday afternoon watching Pinocchio the panto in Wellingborough where one of the children I teach is part of the chorus and today we are off to the shops for a few things before a nice meal out and a relaxing start to 2015!
An incredibly busy year!!! How was your 2014?…