My last post was dedicated to the Chevy Chase back in July after finally bringing home the trophy. It is sitting on the living room book case still waiting to be engraved. I can tell it is annoying the Mrs being there but tough, I have it to enjoy the memories of such a great day.
There have been some changes in my work life this year with a secondment which went really well. Initially, it was out of my comfort zone but I gained new experiences and met some lovely people who I will meet up with. Needless to say I'm back at my substantive role full time. This has given me an insight into what is out there and given me confidence to explore new opportunities.
I've been running a lot more with Jasper, my spaniel. He loves being out in the hills as much as me and there's nothing quite like running with your dog.
I've been racing quite regularly since the Chevy with a couple of road 10k's, trail races (including one of my favourites in the Gibside fruit bowl), the Hodgson fell relays and also representing England at the British and Irish Masters cross country championships in Glasgow. That was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I even kept the vest!
This year has been as varied as it could have been. Next year I'm thinking of more fell races in the Lakes, Scotland and the Peak district, one or two trail ultra's and I'm very tempted to do something abroad again. I do believe variety is key to keep things fresh, I must have lost my mojo several times over the past few months. I went out on a 17 mile run around the Simonside Hills yesterday but didn't see it.
It's never a good idea to plan too far ahead but I have a few ideas bubbling away.