New year, new city, new adventure!

In case you haven’t noticed by now, the clocks have flipped, the calendars have changed and we’re in 2018! Each new year brings with it so much hope and the opportunity to reflect, refocus and reset goals and expectations.

For me, this year brings with it a huge change because we are now officially living in Paris! It took six months, but we’re finally in France, and it’s going to be a huge challenge. We don’t know anyone here, we don’t know the culture, and we don’t speak much French…

Those first two should take care of themselves with time, but I’m determined to learn the language quickly. I’ve signed up for a 12-week intensive language course which kicks off next week, and am hoping that at the end of it I will ‘parle Français’ like the locals! OK, probably not, but if I can hold a conversation and not just blankly stare back at the person speaking to me, we’ll chalk it up as a win.

The exciting thing about the French course I’ve chosen is that it’s 20 hours a week, which means I have a lot more spare time on my hands. My aim is to make the most of this opportunity by spending that time training and improving my running. It’s always been a dream of mine to ‘do the running thing’ whereby you live, sleep and breathe running, and this is the closest I’ll ever come to it. Seeing as 8 weeks training brought with it my BQ, I can’t wait to see what 3+ months of dedicated effort can do for me!

It’s not going to be easy, but easy isn’t satisfying. The thought I’ll be keeping in my head during this time is ‘make the most to be the best’. Make the most of my time, my energy, my life in order to be the best runner, athlete and person I can be. And while that does mean working and training hard, it also means keeping a balance to maintain momentum.

I’ll be posting my training and updates here, so please join me on this journey. I have lots of big goals and plans in store, and I can’t wait to get started. It all kicks off tomorrow…

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