2017: Looking Back

It’s almost 2018!! As usual, I have no idea how we got here so fast. I’ve been pretty absent around here towards the end of they year but I’m planning to get back on it soon!

Let’s start with a little recap of the year – races ran, goals achieved (or not!) and some other thoughts.

A recap of this week's training including a serious lack of motivation and a renewed commitment to regular mobility work!

2017 Goals: How’d they go?

I wrote about my 2017 running goals at the start of the year – here’s how I got on.

Run a sub 1:45 half marathon: almost! I ran 1:45:21 at the Scottish Half which was pretty frustrating but still a new PB.

Stay injury free: FAIL. Despite my good intentions to foam roll & look after myself, I didn’t, and another achilles injury snuck up on me towards the end of the year.

Learn to run tech-free: hmm, kind of.  I’ve become pretty comfortable running a 5k without relying on my watch for pace (and set my PB of 21:43 this way in June) but I still think I’d struggle in a longer race.

Alloa Half Marathon Training Week 1

2017 Races 

I had a pretty good year of racing, getting new PB’s over 5k, 10k and HM distance. You can see details of my times for each race on my Race History page, as well as links to the full race recaps!

Edinburgh Great Winter Run 5k: A very cold, hilly 5k round Arthur’s Seat. I really enjoyed this race (particularly the feeling of absolutely flying to the finish as it’s downhill!) but it’s pricey for a 5k (and a route I can easily run anytime) so I’m not sure I’d do it again.

Alloa Half Marathon: Missed my goal of 1:47 by 6 seconds, but it’s still the strongest I’ve ever felt in the last half of a race so I was pretty pleased.

EMF 10k: Following on from one of my strongest races… one of my worst! This was a massive struggle – it was hot, hilly and my expectations were way too high. Not a fun race but certainly a learning experience!

Sri Chinmoy 1 Mile: A tiny race at The Meadows that I entered on a bit of a whim. I’d never raced a mile before and was intrigued to see what time I could get – 6:23, as it happens. I loved this distance and am definitely going to give it another bash this year!

Haddington Half Marathon Race Recap

Haddington Half Marathon: Another hilly race, another case of too high expectations! Think this might be telling me something about my lack of hill training…

Stirling 10k: A much better experience than the EMF 10k: flat and fast enough to take 3 minutes off my PB from 2016!

Stirling 10k Race Recap 2017

Scottish Half Marathon: I went into this determined to get that sub 1:45. It’s a flat course so the odds were with me, but I just missed out by 21 seconds! Argh, so close! I can’t pretend that wasn’t gutting, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at a new PB!

On the whole I’m pretty pleased with the year’s running. I haven’t run as consistently as I’d have liked, but I’m really happy with a few new PBs. I’m going to write up a whole post about my goals for next year (I love a good plan!), so keep an eye out for that.

Happy New Year when it comes!

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