Where has the time gone? I haven’t blogged since 2015 and so I’m wondering if that’s just too long of a gap and really I shouldn’t try to resurrect this relic of a blog that probably belongs to another era. But I feel that I have stuff to record again. I feel like I’m almost back to where I was, and so I’m going to give it a go and if turns out that, in fact, I have nothing to say, then I’ll just stop again.
So what’s happened since the Apocalypse 100? Well, lots and nothing much. Mainly I got divorced. That took up a lot of my resources and distracted me for a long time. I’ve started out again. Re-evaluated my life and lost myself for a while. I lost my reason for running which was tough, I lost my fitness, but I carried on running anyway.
I’ve not been idle during the lost years. I didn’t quite lose myself on the sofa under a comfort blanket of pizza and wine. I kept going, but I didn’t know what my motivation for running was anymore, and so I am now just emerging from 2 years of very unfocussed bimbling about on a hillside.
Just to bring the blog up to speed, I did get out of the door and run some events between May 2015 and December 2016. I ran….
Lakes Ultimate Trail 110km
1/2 a UTMB TDS
Brecon Beacons 10 Peaks Long Course
LDWA Ravens Dare
LDWA Real Ale Ramble
Arc of Attrition
LDWA Taith Torfaen
Preselli Ultra Beast
LDWA Rhondda Rollercoaster
South Wales 100
1/2 a UTMB
LDWA Talybont Trial
4 Lakeland Passes
I’ve colour coded them. Red means I didn’t finish, green means I ruddy well did.
Two things I’ve learned during this time are:
- Running over 60 miles when I am not really fit makes life harder than it needs to be, introduces more pain than is necessary and results in disappointment.
- I really need big, new challenges to keep me motivated.
So I’ve gone out and bought me some big, new motivation. In 2017 I’ll be tackling the Arc of Attrition again in February, and the main focus for the year will be the Dragon’s Back.
I’ll blog what I can of my journey.