Sunday, 30 December 2018

Happy New Year!













So how was Christmas for you? It was a muted affair here. M and I were supposed to be running a relay marathon together on the 23rd. He came down with a bug a few days before and decided on the 22nd not to run (sensible), so we hot-footed it down to Portsmouth to upgrade my entry to the full marathon. Half an hour after we got home my throat started to ache and by the morning of the race I knew there was no way I could do it. I spent Christmas Eve in bed feeling yuk and although I did get up for Christmas Day we had a very quiet one. The big family get-together has been postponed till Wednesday.

This morning we went down to Porchester for a race which M won (I sat it out as not yet 100% fit), and when we got home I discovered what I'm fairly sure is a Lesser Redpoll in the garden. Cue huge excitement from me as I've only ever seen one here once before and that was a few years ago. It's the first bird in the pics above. If anyone thinks it's anything else (Redpoll/ Linnet) shout. Also back in the garden are the Siskins and our resident Moorhen, who is very shy but rather beautiful. In the spring I see them paddling about on the lake and nibbling the grass on the edges with three or four small balls of fluff in tow.

In other news, I totted up all the races I've done this year and was chuffed to discover that we've done 33:

3 x 5k
4x 5 mile
17x 10k
1x 9 mile
2x 10 mile
4x half marathons
2x marathons

Not a bad haul. Next year, if all goes well, there will be more marathons and fewer shorter distances. I'm currently planning our racing diary for 2019. All good fun. I've entered a marathon later in the year which is billed as the UK's toughest as it's got lots of climb. It's in the Lakes and I've wanted to do it for a while so I'm really looking forward to that one especially. It'll be interesting to look back next Christmas and see how much of what I set out to do I've achieved, as well as the unexpected things that always crop up!

Hope all are well? Wishing you all a lovely New Year.

CT :o).


21 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to read you've been unwell over the festive season and that you've missed out on a couple of races.
    Your running haul is very impressive and I'm really hoping that I might manage to take part in more than one event this year, if possible. So much so, that yesterday morning, in an act of spontaneity and following a couple of months of inactivity, I went out for a short run and survived! I hope I manage to keep it up this time.
    A very Happy New Year to you and your family, CT. Here's to another successful running year for you. X

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    1. Well done for getting out for a run. I know it isn’t easy with little ones. Here’s to more opportunities for you to do so next year x

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  2. The first photo is wonderful. It likes like a living snowflake.
    Always love the bird photos so different from our birds.
    Love hearing about all your running ! I know you will achieve what you want to.
    I am very sick right now. Some stupid person went out sick and made me sick. I am alway so careful when and if I do go out in the winter months. So now I am in bed and possibly hospital if I don't improve.
    Wish people who are sick would just say home and their snotty kids too.
    So my New Year is not starting out very nice, hoping it will be better soon.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I’m sending you lots of healing over the waves x

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  3. Pretty sure it's a Redpoll, not a Linnet (though my record's not good!). Size may help? Same as Blue Tit (Lesser), same as Great Tit (Common).

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    1. I’m thinking lesser, mainly because common are so rare here.

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  4. Sorry you've been ill, I hope you're all better soon. Well done on all the 2018 running, and I'm wishing you and yours a very happy 2019. CJ xx

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  5. You were in my village, I wish I had know I would have come and cheered M on to the finish line. I hope you are better now.

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    1. I love porchester, the old part is so pretty and the castle is amazing x

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  6. That's quite a distance you have run! Hope everyone is better by Wednesday for your family get together. Love the bird photos - we have a moorhen that comes into the garden too - the girls call her Mo, and the minimoes in Spring are adorable. Best wishes for 2019.xx

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    1. Minimoes- love it! T and P say happy new year to Hamish too 🐰 xx

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  7. Looks like a Lesser Redpoll to me. The Common Redpoll is not all that common in fact. Sorry to hear you have been unwell but I know you will be itching to get out and do more marathons next year. Thanks for comments you have left over the past year on my blog and I would like to wish you and your family a very happy new Year for 2019

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    1. Thanks margaret- I was hoping it was a lesser redpoll. I’ve never seen linnets here and as you say the common rp is a rare beasty here x

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  8. What a nuisance to be off colour over Christmas, hopefully you are back to form now. What a great list of achievements! Beautiful birds. Happy New Year, nearly. x

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    1. Thanks CK. great timing having a big over Crimbo but never mind x

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  9. Sorry about your Christmas, hopefully everyone is feeling tip top now. An impressive set of running stats for the year. Here’s wishing you all the best in 2019. I look forward to reading about your exploits particularly in the Lake District. B x

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  10. So sorry about your Christmas - hope you are fully recovered soon.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

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  11. Hope you're feeling better. I peaked for a New Year's Eve Race which is a good way to end the year. My total number of races for last year was 5.

    I've no plans yet for 2019. We have some Ice Bear races coming up, so maybe I'll do a couple if the hot ginger teas and the weekly curry can keep the bugs away.

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  12. Happy New Year!
    I wish you good health in 2019.

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear you've been poorly and send soothing wishes for total recovery x happy New Year xxx

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them. CT.