It’s remarkable how quickly the years go by and 2015 is no exception. Only seems like yesterday that we moved into our new house and I was starting my new job. But what about those New Year Resolutions that I set, how well or poorly have I done?
1. Get away with the family on at least one holiday and three short breaks. This was number one because it was the most important to me and we managed to achieve this target.
a. North Wales. We managed to get away for a Long weekend in January in Deganwy, Conwy, North Wales.
b. St Leonards. A long weekend in May on the South Coast.
c. Aldeburgh, Suffolk. A lovely midweek break in December before the Christmas week was due to begin
d. Vouliagmeni, Greece. The family holiday in July was to a baking hot Athens.
2. Complete ten races at any distance. I didn’t too badly at this as I managed to get six races completed. I did interpret this resolution a little differently as I realised getting away to run races was not easy. I did discover virtual races from my online running twitter community. You sign up to a race, run the distance when you can, submit your evidence and then receive your medal in the post. As well as being able to run in your own time, the other added bonus is that between 10-20% of the entry fee goes to charity.
My running highlights included the real race of ‘Hell Down South’ a 10 miles cross country race, the POW Virtual Half Marathon in September and the Poppy Challenge in November. I was also happy at breaking my 5k PB, although I can’t seem to be able to break the sub 20 minutes. The down side of the year was having a serious knee incident that required x-rays, MRIs and numerous appointments with my orthopaedic consultant. After nearly 12 weeks I was finally given the all clear to start training again, with no real answers of what was wrong with my knee in the first place!
If I look at my overall stats for 2015 they look like:
a. Running: 510km
b. Cycling: 1311km
If I had thought about it in January I might have set a target of completing 2015km in 2015, in the end I was only actually 194km short!
3. Read ten books. I failed quite miserably on this target. I managed to read five books in total, mostly on holiday. This is quite embarrassing really. Just shows we do not devote enough time reading anymore.
a. Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
b. Under The Eagle – Simon Scarrow
c. The Eagle’s Conquest – Simon Scarrow
d. When The Eagle Hunts – Simon Scarrow
e. The Eagle and The Wolves – Simon Scarrow
4. Study and pass my Education Course. Thankfully I did complete this and I now have a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. This did come with the unexpected bonus of giving me the post nominals PGDip. If I can find the time and the finances I may complete my remaining 2 years of study and get my MBA. As with everything it is finding the time and prioritising what is most important.
5. Publish a post on my Blog on average once a week. This was somewhat ambitious and I knew that at the time I wrote it, which is why I listed it as the last of my resolutions. Unfortunately finding the time to write and publish a worthwhile blog is not easy, maybe little #DeaconT should be the subject of a few more blogs! Whether writing blogs makes it onto my 2016 list I am not sure, if it does then I will have to be a bit more realistic and make it a more achievable target.
So looking back not too bad, I managed to live up to two resolutions, made a good attempt at another two and failed on the fifth! Need to ensure for 2016 that I am a little more realistic on what I put down, but then they wouldn’t be resolutions if they were simple to do!