I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. And allow me to wish you an early 'Happy New Year' as well.
This is almost certainly going to be a longer post than normal so bear with it a bit. I'm going to do my usual stuff about running and all that but finish off with a bit of a review of 2011 and a look forward to next year.
I mentioned in my last blog that I had three runs left before New Year. Sadly that didn't quite turn out to be true. I was all geared up to go running on Christmas Eve morning but I'd been feeling a bit more of an ache in my foot than was 'normal' so I decided to give it a miss. I beat myself up about it for the rest of the day, but I think it was the right thing to do. It seems like there's no point doing all the hard work just to be belligerent and run when I don't think my body can take it.
I did, however, get up at 6:45 this morning and managed 4 miles in a respectable 46 minutes. The route is below, although I can't stress enough how steep two hills are over this distance. Fortunately, these coincided with a couple of walk breaks so that was quite good...
It was nice to see the sun rising as I made it to the top of the first hill. It was also nice to think I only had a mile left by that point as well. Running on the flat feels really good and I managed a bit of downhill running as well today which felt OK. I suppose training on the slopes of Sheffield can only be beneficial for the relatively flat course in London.
I'm starting to feel the after effects a bit more now and I'll have an ache and a bit of pain for a few days after each run now where before that wasn't the case. With that in mind, I've decided to cut back down to 2 runs a week for a little while and see if that helps. It'll make training a bit more difficult but as I've said a few times already, it was never going to be easy.
I've negotiated Christmas Day and Boxing Day meals relatively unscathed diabetes wise which is really promising as well. It's fair to say that December hasn't been as controlled as other months, but I feel like my understanding has been refreshed and that in itself means I can get through more difficult periods like Christmas without feeling like I'm spiralling out of control.
I've done pretty well to resist the various cakes, chocolates and biscuits that are laying around the house (to a certain degree at least). I think my experiences with my diet and migraines over the last week or two is a bit of a factor in that as much as the diabetes, and, when all's said and done, I don't have the same appetite I used to have when I could eat plates of food without thinking. I guess the diet and exercise has paid off quite a bit.
I had a bit of a difficult moment on Boxing Day when all the family went to my sister's house for lunch. I'd just done my insulin injection (into my stomach as usual) when my daughter asked me what I was doing. I told her that daddy had to do some medicine (which I've told her before). But then she lifted her top up and started copying me saying "I do medicine".
I think I mentioned a while back when I was talking about my sponsorship and things about how I constantly have a worry that I've passed on my diabetes to her. When she started mimicking my actions, it was quite difficult to take. I'm now torn between doing my shot away from her so she can't see, or carry on as everything is "normal" - which of course it is for me. I guess that's something I'll deal with over the next few weeks.
So - what has 2011 mean for me? I've been thinking about some of the major things that have happened this year and while it's impossible to remember or mention everything, here are a few that have stood out for me:
- We finally moved house to be back closer to our family. We sold pretty much a year ago and finally moved at the beginning of March
- Celebrated my daughter's first birthday (and now her second is on the horizon already), the old saying about how time flies never seems more true than when you're watching your kids grow up
- I had my first casino experience when I went to Las Vegas in September. I've wanted to go for so long and it exceeded my expectations more than I thought possible
- I've made a lot of trips to see my beloved Sheffield Wednesday this season - one of the perks of being back home
- I've made a lot of new friends and contacts on Twitter which is really good
- I've got my physical condition back under control after a good three years of disregarding what I should be doing
- I've started running again after almost 4 years back when I thought it would never actually be possible again. I know that sounds melodramatic but it's the honest truth
And now there's 2012 to look forward to:
- My daughter's second birthday
- Running/walking/crawling round the London marathon course and hopefully making my magic £1,000 fundraising target
- A trip to the Olympics in London over the summer
- Hopefully a couple of long weekends away somewhere
- A friend's wedding in Poland on my birthday
- Get good enough at photography to get one picture published somewhere
- Keep running and training for the Sheffield Half Marathon in 2013 (my nemesis)
- Do my best to focus on expanding my company
- Stay involved with the community through sponsorship and donations
- Try and turn some online friendships into real life ones (if anyone online wants to of course)
- See at least 12 gigs (one a month seems a reasonable goal)
- Carry on my blog in some form or another after the marathon
You can follow me on Twitter (@BroomOwl) or drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you fancy a chat.
Again, I hope you all have a great New Year's Eve, whatever you've got planned and I hope 2012 brings you joy and happiness.
Thanks for reading, take care