2014: Practically Perfect in Every Way

So here we are again, at the start of another year. My email inbox is flooded with sales promotions (damn you Asos!), fitness suggestions, and the excitement of other bloggers for their New Year running goals.


I too have jumped on the New Year bandwagon, and based on what I’m planning, 2014 is shaping up to be quite a year. It includes a marathon, a sub-1:40 half, and a new dance routine. I have also signed up to Jantastic with my running club to get the year off to a perfect start.


It is exciting to reflect on your achievements over the past twelve months, both great and small, and to think about what you’d like to do with the twelve months ahead. Even thinking about it gives you a sense of achievement, and as Mary Poppins likes to say, ‘well begun is half-done’ (After watching ‘Saving Mr Banks’ last week, I re-visited my favourite childhood film and remembered why it’s so awesome).



She flies with her umbrella. Need I say more? 


2014 has been really chilled so far. For the last two weeks, I heartily embraced The Big Eat 2013, so yesterday some splits stretching eased me back into the frame of exercise. Today will be my first run since Christmas Eve, and I’ll be in some new shoes. I can’t wait! I blame driving from Durham to Birmingham to Devon and back for my lack of Christmas running (772 miles in total), but it could also have been all that chocolate and cheese I ate too.




I received some amazing presents for Christmas, which I can’t wait to try out:



Nike Free 4.0s, Sweatty Betty leggings, ‘Twin Ambitions’ by Mo, 2014 Lorna Jane Sports Diary


Thinking of last year, I pretty pleased with what I was able to do. As I mentioned last week, I hit some pretty big running goals, and here is how my splits looked at the end of the year:



Prettttty close! Just need to straighten the legs a little more, and to creep further down to the floor. It’ll happen….


This month I have a 10k run with some friends from school. I am beyond excited because:

  • I will be running with my best buddies
  • We’ll be running around the town where I spent my teens. I might take a time out and hang by the war memorial with the other 14 year olds. Except they won’t be awake at 10am on a Sunday.
  • Winter runs are ace. You have to battle hard, but you feel so fresh at the end
  • My 2014 running calendar will have kicked off!!


My plan for the next few weeks is:

  • Speed/hill work at least once a week
  • Ease my feet into the new Nikes – I’ve never run in barefoot-esque shoes before
  • Dance at least once a week and stretch twice a week
  • At least one 7k run a week, and at least one 10k+ run a week

So that should leave one rest day a week!! A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and a plan of attack helps you hit the streets. Not quite as catchy, but just as true.


Here is a view from a walk we did when visiting my Mum.



How is your New Year shaping up? Do you have plans to get out there and get running?