Plans for 2017

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and enjoyed time off with family and friends.

I love the Christmas holidays. It always feels like the first week is a mad rush with the lead up to Christmas, with the second week then nice and relaxed; catching up with friends, lots of trail runs and playing with all the gifts we got for Christmas.

2017 running calendar

With a new year always comes new resolutions.  The madness of Christmas helps to instil a desire to get back into regular eating, healthy living and an organised way of life.

Several of the goals I set myself for 2016 were unachievable due to my pregnancy:

  • Fit in some double days of running

  • Slot in a midweek long run as well as a weekend long run each week

  • Run a marathon distance at least every 4-6 weeks

  • Get started with some regular core work

When I discovered I was pregnant at the start of the year I knew I needed to be sensible if I wanted to be able to continue running throughout and so scaled back my running distance wise and speed wise.  Core work was out of the question.

  • Continue to run parkrun as often as possible

Finally, a goal I could, and did achieve. I ran 26 parkruns throughout 2016. They started out as tempo runs at the beginning of the year and became chatty social runs towards the end as Oscar grew bigger and bigger in my belly.  I got in lots of parkrun tourism and finished the year having run eleven different events in total.

I also set some non-running related goals for 2016:

  • Purchase a second house

  • Get into a more regular posting schedule on the blog

  • Meal plan every week during term time

  • Stay on top of housework

Again, some of these were affected by the pregnancy.  (They really weren’t joking when they said having a baby changes your life forever!)

  • Rather than purchase a second house we put all our money in the pot so that we were able to improve the one we had bought the year before, ready for when Oscar arrived. (Or not ready, as the case may be!)  As I type there are currently two plasterers upstairs in the bedroom boarding our ceilings.  Dan and my Dad also fitted a new kitchen and bathroom for us this year.New kitchen(Still requiring a paint job, new light fittings and plinths, but it’s definitely getting there now!)  Buying a second property is still on my wish list, but it will just take a little longer to save up for now.
  • The early days of pregnancy left me feeling so tired that I wasn’t able to do anything but head straight for bed after work in the evenings, leaving my blog posts few and far between.  By the Summer I managed to post much more frequently again, but since Oscar’s arrival it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and spew out blog posts like I once did.  I’m such a perfectionist that it often takes me a couple of hours per blog post, and I like to write them in one go, uninterrupted.  Something which nobody seems to have told my child yet!  I want to get back to blogging regularly again, and I’ve sooo missed having the time to read blogs of friends these past few months.  It’s something I’d like to schedule in to the week so that I definitely make time for it again this year.
  • Meal planning was much better this year and I was chuffed that I’d managed to prepare for the early baby days by holding a couple of batch cooking days at the end of the Summer.
  • I have been so much better with the housework.  Now that I’m off on maternity leave it’s much easier to keep on top of, but even before that I didn’t do too badly at making sure the house was usually in a fairly respectable state if anybody dropped by (despite living in what seems like a permanent state of unfinishedness!)

I have high hopes for 2017.

Now that I’m no longer pregnant and *touch wood* currently not injured, I am back on the running bandwagon.  (Obviously!)  The long term goal is still to run a 100 mile race, although the SDW100 is no longer on the cards for June.  (Probably a little too soon!)  I shall see how my return to running goes over the next few months before committing to a 100 miler though.  I haven’t set any ‘time’ goals as such for this year as again, I need to assess how my return goes first of all.  Seven weeks back though and I’m feeling strong and happy.  As long as I remain sensible and build the mileage slowly, I’m hoping I shouldn’t have too many problems.
Running goals for 2017 as follows:

  • Achieve 100 parkruns and order my black parkrun t-shirt

    I’m currently sat at 67 parkruns, (that’s including having run two on New Year’s Day) so would have to run 33 this year.  A number I definitely think I am capable of.  I ran 24 parkruns in 2015 and 26 in 2016, hitting the 50 parkruns milestone back in April.  I just love the parkrun concept and how it is suitable for everyone, no matter their experience or training aim.My 50th parkrun top

  • Increase my parkrun tourism to twenty different courses

    I WILL get on this leaderboard in 2017!

  • Take my weekly mileage back up to at least 50 miles on average each week

    I know high mileage isn’t for everyone, but I find that I run better on more miles.  Most of my miles tend to be off-road and I feel stronger all round the more time I spend on the trails.  Win-win! 😉

  • Complete at least five more events of marathon distance and above

    One of my long term goals is to become a member of the 100 marathon club.  Between 2013-2015 I ran 10 marathons and 6 ultras from 35m-70m in distance.  I didn’t add any to my total during 2016.  There’s still quite a way to go before I reach the 100 marathon total!  At the moment I only have two events booked in.  The Pembrokeshire marathon in April, and the South Downs Way 50m during the same month.  I will leave it to see how I cope with those before booking anything else in for the Summer.

  • PB at the 5k distance

    Not technically a ‘time’ goal as I haven’t set a time(!)  My current 5k PB is 26:37, set at Northampton parkrun back in the Summer of 2015.  I know I am capable of beating this and plan on doing my very best to get there!

From a non-running perspective there are a few other changes I would like to see this year:

  • Take more pictures with my DSLR

    The quality of pictures taken on my big camera is so much better than those taken on my phone, but it often ends up being a laziness thing.  My phone is usually within reach and doesn’t require setting up before each shot.  The phone may capture the moment but it does so in a much less attractive way.

  • Find an easier way of living

    My life has always been hectic.  I’ve always jumped at every possible opportunity and said yes to anyone who has asked for a favour.  It leads to me frequently feeling worn out, exhausted, stressed and teary.  Looking back across my blog posts from the past few years I can see the points each month where things had built up and gotten too much.  Before Oscar I was getting up at 3-4am some mornings and staying up until gone midnight to make sure that I got all of my work done.  I love teaching, I love my school and I love my job, but I also love running, I love blogging and I love my family.  At the moment I’m not sure how I’m going to fit all of these things in alongside teaching when I return from maternity leave in May.  Dan was recently offered a new job much, much closer to home which, whilst fantastic in the long run, has meant that he will not be able to work from home for the 6 weeks between the May half term and July end of year that I initially return to work before the Summer holidays begin, so we now need to look at childcare arrangements for those weeks.  I won’t be able (or want) to leave Oscar in childcare between 6:30am-6pm, so will have to get into school late for those weeks and leave early, working through the night to keep up with my workload.  It’s not ideal, but I’m yet to work out a way round it.

  • Make more time for my family

    This kind of ties in with the point above.  It’s taken the first few months with Oscar to get into any kind of routine.  In the early days Dan would arrive home from work and I’d hand over the baby so that I may sleep, only to be handed him back when I woke again so that Dan may have a break!  I feel like we know Oscar so much better now but we need to make time and plan our time out as a family of three and also time that Dan and I can spend together without Oscar.

What do you plan on achieving or working towards in 2017?

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10 thoughts on “Plans for 2017

  1. I think you were very sensible to adjust your plans once you found out you were pregnant. There are plenty of running years ahead of you.
    I am also aiming to get into that list this year! I’ve done most that are closer to home though, so the rest will need a bit more planning!
    I know what you mean about teaching- there is always that phrase “work/life balance” and it is hard to achieve in term time when things need to be done by tomorrow. I think I am a fairly organised person, but the autumn term was so busy it didn’t feel like it- I am going to keep on top of things a bit better this year.
    Maria @runningcupcake recently posted…Southampton parkrun- the final tourism of 2016My Profile

    1. Plotting has already begun to up my parkrun tourism number! It becomes a bit addictive doesn’t it?!
      I think teachers really struggle with the work/life balance because if you pull back a little on the work side of things, it means that students are the ones who suffer. Not suffer necessarily, but don’t gain as much from you. It’s such a tough juggling act. I’ve heard that the Autumn term is always the worst for primary teachers as there is so much going on with new intake and Christmas productions, etc.

  2. I’m trying to get balanced too! And finally brew a baby (hopefully just the fertility drugs plus less running will do that for me!) Scaling back is definitely on the cards.

    2016 had job changes, surgery, new-ish house (and lots of stuff done to the house!) and a lot of volunteering. I can’t keep going at this pitch – and the anxiety issues I had for the last couple of months have told me that it’s very very possible to overdo it.
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    1. I’m hoping that the baby brewing is a success in 2017. It is so difficult to find a balance in life at fitting in everything you feel you should do, want to do and have to do. Fingers crossed that scaling things back will also help on the baby front too.

  3. Happy New Year! Sounds like you did really well with your goals all things considereed.
    And wow 100 mile race will be awesome!!
    I don’t really have any goals if I’m honest. I’d like to do the Marathon Majors but that’s such a long term goal. I’ve achieved what I wanted at parkrun so far so I’m happy with that. Not sure really! I’d say be less injured but that’s not really possible for me 😉
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    1. 100 mile race is a long term goal. One I’d like to achieve in the Senior Female category though, so not too far into the future hopefully!
      Long term goals are good. I’d love to be able to run all the Marathon Majors, but I think I’ll just have to experience them through your running and blogging adventures instead. Definitely keep that on your goals list!

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