goals 2019

Happy New Year – Goals for 2019 :)

Firstly, a little late but I just wanted to wish my readers a very happy new year!

This time of year is always a difficult one for many, including myself. I tend to reflect a lot around this time and also worry about what is ahead.

2018 was a difficult year for me in many respects but it was also a very positive one, it was definitely a year of growth.

I achieved so many amazing things I never thought would be possible. Following the breakup of a 13 year relationship at the end of 2018, I got my own flat and lived on my own, became independent and confident doing things on my own.

I put myself outside of my comfort zone and did lots of new things, I joined a run club and took part in over 10 running events, including two half marathons, 10K races, trail runs and a Tough Mudder.

I met lots of new people and made new connections with people who had the same interests and passions as me.

I travelled, with work and with friends to new places such as Holland, Marbella, Barcelona and Paris.

I visited some new places in the UK I had never been to before including Cornwall, Devon, South Wales and Somerset.

I tried some new Park Runs all over the UK, including Wrexham, Chester, Shrewsbury, Telford, Minehead, Congleton and Andover.

I achieved a new Park Run 5K PB – 27 minutes.

I achieved a new 10K PB – 55.40 minutes.

I improved my half marathon speed by 5 minutes in 7 months, achieving a PB of 2.03 minutes.

I climbed several mountains including Tryfan in Wales and Helvellyn in the Lake District. I also walked a section of the South West Coast path in Cornwall.

I became a more confident, outgoing person more able to put myself forward for things that would have once scared me.

It’s so easy to be negative and focus on the things you didn’t achieve or haven’t done, and yes I am so guilty of that.

But now I’ve written it all down I think, wow I did ALOT in 2018 and I’m so proud of myself.

So what are my goals for 2019?

This is simple. To keep going. To be happy.

I love running it really saved me in 2018 and so I want to do more of it. Most of my goals for 2019 are around running and include..

  • Complete 50 park runs! I’m now on 40 so this should be achievable. This is actually carried over from last year as I didn’t manage to achieve 50 last year but came close!
  • Improve my 5k speed. I’m currently completing 5k at around 27-28 minutes. My PB is 27 minutes so I would love to get sub 27 this year.
  • To achieve this, I plan to start interval/hill training regularly
  • Complete a half marathon in 2 hours or under
  • I want to carry on doing different Park Runs all over the UK and would love to do one abroad
  • Complete 1000km in 2019
  • I want to do a running event / race abroad
  • Achieche a sub 55 minute 10K. My PB is 55:40.
  • I also plan to start more regular strength training (at least twice a week) and would like to try regular climbing too for upper body strength
  • I want to focus on nutrition and the best foods to eat to help improve my fitness and performance.
  • I would love to do another challenge of some kind, hiking /climbing related
  • Travel as much as possible

So there you have it, these are my goals for 2019. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below.

China Trek Day 2 - Gubeikou

I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.

Great Wall of China Trek 2 weeks to go...

Great Wall of China Trek – 2 weeks to go!

Hi everyone 🙂

I can’t believe my trek on the Great Wall of China for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund is less than 2 weeks away… where is this year going?! If you’d like to sponsor me and help me to raise money for those affected by scoliosis, you can do so here. 🙂

In back related news, I had an MRI scan last week to try and find the cause of my leg numbness. I’m quite worried about this because at the moment I don’t know what it is and I keep thinking the worst. Basically my right leg is numb all the way down the outside and it also feels weaker than the left leg. It feels like it’s getting worse too which is concerning, especially as it’s so close to my China trek. I’m worried that my leg will affect my ability to actually do the trek, or it will be uncomfortable/painful. 🙁 Typical really when I have been building up to this for so long.

Despite this though, I’m still going ahead with the trek and I’m really excited that I have managed to raise over £500 so far for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund.

I haven’t done as much training as I’d like to do and I’m also worried about my fitness levels, as in actually being fit enough to do it. I have seen pictures of the Great Wall and it looks very steep and we will have to climb thousands of steep steps during the challenge.

I do go to the gym several times a week and I also run, but I haven’t done as much hiking as I’d like in order to prepare. So I feel a bit worried that I haven’t trained enough!! I’ve done a few short walks up hills near where I live and I did go up the Mount Snowdon Pyg Track last month but the weather has been too bad to go again, which I wanted to do.

Today I did manage a 13 mile walk though (took about 5 hours) round the hills of Derbyshire. I hadn’t done this walk before and it was quite pleasant with good views. I managed this ok although it definitely wasn’t as steep/challenging as the Great Wall will be. But it was good to get out and actually see how my back/leg would cope with a longer walk.

Great Wall of China Training

In China, I’ll be trekking for around 4-7 hours per day, covering approximately 50kms over 5 days as well as continually hiking up and down thousands of stairs. Not sure how my back will cope with consecutive days of hiking but it’s all part of the challenge!

I’m starting to get nervous now but I have made a start on organising and buying things that I need so I can start packing. I’ve never done anything like this before so I’ve had to buy a few things like a rucksack and some walking poles! Later in the week I’ll do a post on what I’m taking/packing. I think the key is to pack light, something I’m not so good at… 😉


Please sponsor me… pretty please!

If you have scoliosis or know someone with scoliosis please consider sponsoring me to help the Scoliosis Campaign Fund.

The Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients. They are only a small charity so every penny really does mean everything.

This is going to be a massive challenge for me. I’m sooo nervous and would love your support! You can sponsor me by clicking the Virgin Money icon below. It doesn’t have to be much, even small amounts like £1 would be appreciated as it all adds up and helps 🙂

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Louise X


 

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China Trek Day 2 - Gubeikou

I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.

RunforManchester

I’m proud to be running the Great Manchester Run

When I signed up for The Great Manchester Run back in January, I could never have predicted the horrific events that would happen in Manchester in the days leading up to it.

I first signed up as a personal challenge for myself and as training for the London Run in July, which I’m doing to raise money for the Scoliosis Association UK.

A few months ago, I couldn’t even run 10K. I have been training hard since January, attending Park Run most Saturdays and running several times a week in the rain, wind, cold and sun to try and get my fitness levels (and back) up to running the 10K distance.

As with most of the UK (and the rest of the world), this week I have felt shocked, confused, upset and numb after the events in Manchester on Monday. Living in Cheshire, Manchester is not far from me, I go there all the time and was in the Manchester Arena myself only a few weeks ago. Like many others, I still can’t get my head around what has happened and why it happened.

I do not find running easy and I have only just about managed to run 10K once in the past couple of weeks.

I will struggle, there’s no doubt about it! But I’m glad the run is still going ahead and the tragic events have made me even more determined to run then ever before. I think the atmosphere will be emotional and incredible and I’m proud to be part of it and show my support to the city.

I’ll be running on Sunday for The Christie but also for Manchester and all those affected by the tragic events this week.  If you’d like to sponsor me, I’d be eternally grateful 🙂 you can do so here.


#RunForManchester

China Trek Day 2 - Gubeikou

I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.

Happy New Year!

So it’s an end of another year and a chance to reflect on the past 12 months.
This time last year I was still signed off work following my scoliosis surgery, on alot of painkillers and wondering if my life would ever be normal again. Last New Years Eve I stayed in because I couldn’t face the large crowds, the pain, the possibility of there being nowhere to sit and not being able to have a drink on my painkillers.
This New Year was very different. I went out with friends and partied until 3am!
Over the past 12 months I’ve come a long way and started getting back into my old life… slowly but surely.
Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve achieved in 2011:
  • Started back at work – part time for the first few months
  • Enjoyed (many!) drunken nights out with friends (in my heels!)
  • Danced again for the first time since surgery
  • Went to concerts and the theatre
  • Holidayed to Cyprus
  • Finished a Diploma in Digital Marketing
  • Started back at the gym 3 times a week
  • Progressed well with physio – I can tell my back feels stronger as now I’m able to lift myself up from lying down much easier.
  • Visited London a couple of times, sounds easy enough but involved long train journeys with no seats, lots of walking and the busy underground so was proud of myself!!
  • Had my one year post op appointment and had all restrictions lifted
  • Got a new full time job in online marketing.
  • Took a trip to Berlin (which involved ALOT of walking and the U Bahn!)
So, yes it’s been tough at times, but I’ve done far more than I ever imagined would be possible this time last year, and I hope to continue this in 2012.
This year I want to get fitter and stronger, learn more, travel more and keep pushing myself to achieve. I believe anything is possible.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden
Happy New Year!
Louise xx
China Trek Day 2 - Gubeikou

I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.