Ah, the New Years Eve post. Lately, I’ve been trying to look back on 2017 and think about what and who has inspired me. It’s helped me realise that I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by people who inspire me everyday.
Running and Fitness
I have a whole bunch of running buddies who are always just there. There if I need a chat, or a run, or both. They are a group of ladies who I wasn’t expecting to meet or be friends with, but it happened, and our 2017 together has been amazing. I’d lost my running mojo up until recently, so I’ve not really seen as many of them as I would like, but I want them to know (if they are reading this) that every single one of them inspires me each day. Whether it’s supporting someone else on a run, or going for their own amazing goals, they’ve all been fabulous.
My brother in law is taking on a challenge of his own by aiming to swim 100 miles in aid of Tinnitus. This will be an epic challenge, and I wish him all the best, very inspirational.
I’ve been making a real effort to get in shape lately, and today for the first time in at least 5 years (maybe more) I squeezed my arse into a pair of size 16 jeans. I’ve got a couple more pounds to lose before they feel comfortable but it feels like such an achievement already. In the space of 5 weeks I’ve dropped almost two dress sizes and I’m over half a stone lighter. Hopefully I’ll be at my goal soon. I couldn’t have done it without my friends and family. Having people I can just text when I’m getting stressed about food (Emma, Mum) and being able to talk openly with my husband about my plans and what I need to do to go forward has really helped.
Life and Happiness
My little baby brother did stand up. Several times. I hope this doesn’t embarrass him, he’s not actually a baby, he’s a man, a fully grown adult man. But in my head he’s my little baby brother. It both surprised and inspired me because it takes guts to do that. I’ve done public speaking before and it’s tough, and mine was scripted, mine was a training session to a group of people there to learn, so very different circumstances, very little chance of hecklers (although there was always that one). When he first told me he’d done stand up, my first feeling was one of pride, but then just general awe of him. It must be scary to not know how it’s going to go. Good on you baby bro.
I’ve also been inspired by my family and friends who have shown love, kindness and a determination to make things work in what has been one of the worst Decembers we’ve had as a family for a while. The way everyone just dropped what they were doing to go and help and be with my mother in Law when she was ill was amazing. We pulled together, like families do I guess, and yes, Christmas didn’t go the way we originally planned it, but we had a Christmas and we made it work and that’s what counts.
When I look back on 2017, it was mostly good. A fabulous family holiday to Centerparcs, a few camping holidays away with our boy, turning 30 (ahhh tried to forget that), doing 2 half marathons and high-fiving Brendan Foster, not a bad old year.
So, how can I make 2018 better?
Well, for those of you who read a few posts back (in October) I was trying to decide whether 2018 is my marathon year. I’ve made the decision that it isn’t, but that I will endeavour to do more races in general. I’m already committed to GNR for the next three years, plus I have a half marathon in May. I’d like to fit in a couple of 5ks and 10ks each month, and if I can squeeze in another HM somewhere I’d be happy with that. After taking part in GNR last year, and feeling like one of the only people there NOT wearing a charity vest, I have decided that I would love to raise some money for charity this year, and if my running buddies have taught me anything, it’s that there are loads of ways to fundraise without just handing out your Just Giving link. So, I might have a raffle, perhaps a virtual run, and any money I do raise in sponsorship will be for all my races. I normally raise for MS Society, and I’d like to raise again for them in the future, but this year I’m raising money for the UK’s only PCOS charity- Verity.
Verity have helped me understand my condition, and given me a private space (through private Facebook groups) that I can talk with other women about the issues we face. They want to be able to do more, but they are 100% funded by donations, and run by volunteers, so the money doesn’t stretch far. I’d like to be able to get a bit of money for them. A couple of years ago, I managed to raise £325 for MS Society, so I’m setting a target of £400 for my 2018 challenges. In total, I’d like to be able to have taken part in 18 different events- sort of like an 18 in 2018.. They’ll be 5ks, 10ks, Half Marathons and everything in between.
So, here’s to everyone who has inspired me and helped me through 2017, and to achieving more goals in 2018.