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
1x 9 mile
2x 10 mile
4x half 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.