2016Woah… what’s this?!? My head still thinks we are only just into 2016 but in reality we are half way through January already! How did that happen January?… you sneaky month, you…

I haven’t even done my review of 2015 yet- but I guess there’s no time like the present so here we go;

At the start of 2015 I somewhat optimistically stated that 2015 was going to be the year of beating the urge to slob out and eat vast quantities of chocolate instead of getting out to train… so just how successful was this?

Hmmm. I’d say variable. Okay, variable to rubbish! I did do quite a fair bit of walking but not much in the way of consistent distance or running training. And there was still far, far too much sofa slobbing and chocolate eating.

I didn’t do the Millennium Ultra or the Wychavon Way, mainly due to not being able to train properly due to various niggles but also, if I am totally honest, to just not training consistently enough. I need to realise that if I want to complete these types of events I have to actually get out there and put the bl**dy work in!!

On the plus side, I did have some great walks in the Peak District and more local areas, including The Roaches, the Grindleford Gallop and Leaden Boot routes, plus the Baslow Boot Bash, Dovedale Dipper and Spires and Steeples. I really enjoyed these thanks to having Helen and Sue to walk with- it does make a difference having someone to chat with. Helen and I completed a tough 26 miler along Hadrian’s Wall for the Alzheimer’s Society in August and I managed to get up to one of my most favourite places- the Lake District- for a day to knock off the Coniston horseshoe.

I also completed a non walking/ running endurance challenge in the form of the 60 mile Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride, despite not actually owning a bike until a few weeks before the event.

Oh yes, and I became a bit of a local celebrity when I ran/ walked the length of each of the three tram lines in Nottingham, had a couple of write ups in the Nottingham Post and ended up being interviewed live on Radio Nottingham!

I managed to slightly redeem myself towards the end of the year, putting in some better running mileages- I have been running between 6 and 8 miles twice weekly pretty consistently for the last couple of months.

This is because in 2016 the Millennium Way Ultra and I have a rematch- and this time I am going to kick its ass and complete it within the time limit! (Even though it seems to have grown an extra three miles since my last attempt- gulp!!)

I have also signed up for the Three Shires Challenge– completing the 29 mile challenge is also unfinished business for me- and the 40 mile Coventry Way Challenge. Sue will be joining me for these, which is a bonus- and all the more reason to train as she is a stronger walker than me so I don’t want to hold her back.

In May Helen and I are undertaking another challenge in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society- walking nearly 80 miles of the South West Coastal Path in Cornwall, which should be an amazing experience as it is such a lovely part of the UK.

I am still considering the possibility of another challenge later on in the year, finances allowing, so watch this space!

How did 2015 work out for you? What endurance adventures have you got planned for 2016? Please share!

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