It’s that time of the year now when we look back at the achievements of the last 12 months, and look forward to the challenges planned for the next 12. Last year was fantastic for me and so I wanted to document it by sharing my medal haul of 2017.
It all started on 21st May when I took part in my first ever triathlon. All of my training to that point had been for this day, I was so nervous beforehand but incredibly surprised afterwards at what I achieved. A Sprint Tri (500m Swim, 21km Cycle & a 5km Run in 1:33:16) I aim to complete another one in 2018!
The next medal is the first virtual race of the year and one I wish I didn’t have to do. That’s because it was a 22 minute run I did in June; in memory of those 22 innocent people who lost their lives in the atrocity of the Manchester bomb on 22nd May 2017. Only 24 hours after the highs of my triathlon this attack on my home city shook me to the core. I’m proud to be a Mancunian and this medal is one of my favourites because of what it stands for. Solidarity.
My next bit of bling was awarded after the Dog Jog at Heaton Park. A 5km fun run with my pal Dora. It was such a hot day but we loved it and Dora even got a medal too. What’s more, they fit together! How cute. This was also my first race as a married woman! (I told you 2017 was epic!)
On 3rd September I woke up and entered the Salford City 10km on a whim as a last minute entry. It was the first 10km race I’d done that year but I knew it was good to get this under my belt as I was coming toward the end of training for…
My first half marathon! The Manchester Half in October. This is without doubt my biggest achievement of 2017, and the most memorable of all my races. (EVER) I’m so incredibly proud of myself for completing all 13.1 miles without walking, and in 2:20:05:! It was great to run it with my friend Stephen who flew over from Ireland just for the race.
In November I did my 2nd virtual race of the year. 11km across the weekend of 11/11 in memory of the fallen men who fought for our country in the war. It’s the biggest medal of all and part of the entry fee went towards Combat Stress, a charity that supports our veterans with their mental health.
Also in November I completed my first ever 10km MoRun. This too was a last minute entry in my friends place. It was so hilly and the first day of proper ice in Manchester. I completed it in 1:04 ish which I was pretty pleased with given the conditions.
Two weeks later I took part in The Wilmslow 10km. It was my first race with my friend Nina whom I’d encouraged to start running in January, so it really meant a lot. Then, despite the rain, I went and smashed my 10km PB with a time of 59:44. I’m so proud of this medal and its a pretty one too.
To top off my 2017 medal haul I joined my friends Jacqui & Steve in our first ever trail run. Four miles of mud mountain and ice. Not to mention thick fog, rain and freezing temperatures, all dressed as an elf too! We had a laugh doing this run, and 2 days after my return from America it was certainly a shock to the system!
I can honestly say I had a fabulous year of running in 2017, and I’ve never taken a single step for granted. I’ve overcome so much, taken professional swimming lessons in order to complete my first triathlon and even tried open water swimming in the quays! I’ve smashed both my 5km and 10km personal best times and gone the furthest distance ever by doing my first half marathon. Not to mention joining a running club too! (Here I am wearing my shirt after a 5km run around my cruise ship in Barbados… Like you do!)
With all that under my belt I’m so excited to get planning for 2018. Perhaps there’s a race your recommend? I’d love to know which your favourite races are, and to hear about your 2017 successes! Please leave a comment to below.
Thanks for stopping by, Hayley x