2016 was I think a good running year. I say I think only because my memory is so lousy I struggle to recall without reading through 12 months of blog posts.

Garmin tells me I have run 1500 miles, probably nearer 1700 allowing for technical glitches like not turning it on, not charging and not taking it with me!

Stand out memories must be conquering the marathon distance at VLM. If I was totally honest I would have liked another 5 minutes off my time, but so pleased to have slain my marathon demons and to have run it comfortably and to get to the end blister free. The day was made more special with two madams, brother and club friends out on the course. Then of course there was my first step in to Ultra running (I understand there are those Ultra snobs who would not consider 50k a true Ultra distance, but I do!). I discovered a love of running off road and in mud. Yes 2016 was good.

Some New York reflections for you……..

Now what’s in store for 2017…………..

The plan is to work on my core, do more strength training and to eat healthy all to help this poor old body make it through two ‘big’ events.

Event number 1

To run from Weymouth to Exmouth along the coastal path -100k.   Want to check it out click  Everything from here to then will be training towards this.

Event number 2

This will see me heading east back to Essex to run the Saltmarsh 75. This is a two day event along the Essex coast, it will be considerably different than the South west coastal path and although will be flatter, I’m not sure this will make it easier. The hardest thing will be getting up and doing it all again on day two! Fortunately the relics live nearby so that’s accommodation sorted and if I play my cards right a meal. I am hoping to persuade old running buddy (!) to join me, I think we can maybe catch up on each other’s news over two full days! Want to read about it then click

Anything after event 1, will be training to number 2. I see lots of back to back runs in my future!

Good luck with whatever you have planned in 2017.

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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9 Responses to Reflections

  1. Such amazingly crazy goals! I wish you the very best for 2017!

  2. Wow. Big goals!
    Happy New Year, Sharon 🙂

  3. mawil1 says:

    That’s a lot of running- both last year in training and next years events! I hope training goes well for you this year too!

  4. onthelamb says:

    Both those runs look amazing!

  5. sudebaker says:

    I plan to live vicariously through your ultra runs 😉 Go, Shaz!

  6. I would say a fabulous year of running Shaz (50km is definitively an ultra). The events planned for 2017 look amazing. Here’s to keeping on running and proving that we can do what we set our minds to. You inspire me!

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