2017 in review

Can you believe that we’ve hit the last few days of 2017?! This year has been so intense that I can hardly believe all the things that have happened in 365 days. 26 races. 2564.4km run, over 1000km cycled and countless more swum. PBs across all distances from 10km up, plus setting new distance records in cycling and triathlon. It’s been a blast. Here’s a selection of all the amazing things that I achieved (in sport) this year:

In January, I started this blog (yay!) and set a PB at a 10km race that I only found out I was running a few days beforehand.

February brought a rough start to the year’s marathons with the part-trail Cambridge Boundary Run, and I swore off cross-country running after too much mud, hail and hills.

I went to Barcelona in March to run the marathon (and had a brilliant time!), and then ran my first 10-mile race with the Fulham Running Club.

After months of build-up & stress, in April I ran the Paris Marathon and fell apart in the last 10km, largely due to the heat. The month took a turn for the better though when I set the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Marathon dressed as a Cheerleader’ at the London Marathon a few days after my birthday.

In May I had the pleasure of accompanying Sye on his very first marathon in Edinburgh, during which I ‘borrowed’ a beer at mile 23 😂

Crazy June saw me cycle my first century, be part of the winning Women’s 3-5 team at Endure 24 and complete my first half-iron distance triathlon, where I got two punctures on the bike ride but crushed the run.

The fun continued in July where in back-to-back weeks I knocked a whopping 14 minutes off my Olympic Triathlon PB at the London Tri, and then cycled 100 miles at Ride London, finishing in under 7 hours.

August kicked off another cycle of marathon-training, where I quickly set new personal bests for the half marathon, and then the full distance at the Reykjavik Marathon, which is still one of my favourite races ever.

Marathon success continued in September where I finally ran a Boston Qualifier & sub-3:30 time in Berlin, despite having boozed it up at the Medoc Marathon only a few weeks earlier. Oh and I PB’d in the sprint-tri and got myself the shiny London Classics medal by completing the Swim Serpentine 2mile event too.

Things finally slowed down in October where I decided to enter the ‘off-season’, but still ran an OK marathon in Amsterdam and discovered trail-running joy at the Maverick Oxfordshire event. The biggest change of the month came when we decided to move to Paris in the new year!

In November I learned that marathons don’t always go to plan while running from Nice to Cannes, but then had a surprisingly enjoyable time at cross-country to finish off the year’s racing.

Finally, in December I went back home to Australia for a few weeks, and then completed the Advent Running challenge of running at least 5km per day for 25 days, clocking up 240km.

Phew – what a year! I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings…

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