I don't know how far I've run this year but it's further than any other year. More importantly, I've had an amazing time meeting new people and seeing wonderful sights. Here are some highlights.
Race: Country to Capital
Location: Wendover to Paddington
Date: 18 January
Distance: 45 miles
Time: 7h42m (PB)
Learnings: Don't waste time at check points; it really doesn't always get worse; don't follow other people; the Go Beyond fruitcake is delicious.
Race: British Heart Foundation 10k
Location: Regent's Park, London
Date: 15 March
Time: 41m55s (PB)
Learnings: Speed work works.
Race: South Downs Way 50
Location: Worthing to Eastbourne
Date: 5 April
Distance: 50 miles
Time: 9h48m (PB)
Learnings: More hill training required; bottles are better than bladders; sometimes you have a bad day.
Race: Edinburgh Marathon
Date: 25 May
Distance: 26.2 miles
Time: 3h38m (PB)
Learnings: How you feel in training is not necessarily an indicator of race day performance; starting slow and finishing quick is a great feeling; wear sunscreen, even in Scotland.
Race: The Picnic Marathon
Location: Box Hill, Surrey
Date: 21 June
Distance: 26.2 miles (with 6000ft of ascent and 6000ft of descent)
Time: 6h30m (PW)
Learnings: Sweatbands are multi-purpose; if you can keep going, keep going - it will give you huge belief in yourself.
Race: Chiltern Challenge
Location: The Chiltern Way
Date: 19 July
Time: 5h59m (PB)
Learnings: Respect the heat; eat early.
Race: Ridgeway Challenge
Location: Ivinghoe Beacon to Avebury
Date: 23-24 August
Distance: 86 miles
Learnings: Eating is key; sunrises are awesome (and so are hotdogs at 6am); it's easier to run all night than crew (apparently).
Location: Dipsea Trail, California
Date: 9 November
Distance: 10 miles
Learnings: Don't have an In 'n' Out burger 90 minutes before running - you'll soil the incredible scenery; leave enough time to run the whole thing; practice stair running.
My only two races booked for 2015 so far are:
Country to Capital (18 January) - target is sub-8 hours.
Thames Path 100 (2 May) - my first 100-miler; target is sub-24 hours.
See you out there!