Running in 2018

2018 was a bit of a running washout, I was very low on iron, had various niggles like backache etc. But I wish I had run more - it would certainly have helped! Here's to 2019 being a better running year....

No of Runs: 12
Total Distance: 41.17 km
Run Time: 7:11:44
Avg Distance: 3.43 km
Avg Run Time: 35:59
Average Pace: 10:29/km

No of Runs: 12
Total Distance: 39.18 km
Run Time: 5:55:39
Avg Distance: 3.26 km
Avg Run Time: 29:38
Average Pace: 9:05/km

No of Runs: 25
Total Distance: 124 km
Run Time: 18:53:47
Avg Distance: 4.77km
Avg Run Time: 43:36
Average Pace: 9:09/km

No of Runs: 42
Total Distance: 217.68 km
Run Time: 27:05:33
Avg Distance: 5.18km
Avg Run Time: 38:42
Average Pace: 7:28/km

That was the year that was 2018

2017 answers /2016 answers / 2015 answers / 2014 answers / 2013 answers / 2012 answers / 2011 answers / 2010 answers / 2009 answers / 2008 answers / 2007 answers / 2006 answers

What did you do in 2018 that you've never done before?

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I mostly kept my resolutions - click here for the summary!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, Tamsin had Aren on Nov 28th!

Did anyone close to you die?
No, but one of my team members lost her brother in December

What countries did you visit?
UK, Poland, Portugal, Italy

What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
a new ipad?

What dates in 2018 will remain etched on your memory and why?
Jan 5th - when I got the news of the re-org
August 1st - the day my new team in Poland started

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Giving up alcohol, dealing with my stress, getting help, not having a burn-out

What was your biggest failure?
Not asking for help earlier

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lots of stress, backache

What was the best thing you bought?
Subscription to calm, subscription to Spotify

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
AS in Poland - who kept the whole show on the road during the summer

Where did most of your money go?
Childcare and travel

What did you get really really excited about?

What song will always remind you of 2018?
Get It - Spiderhound
and any of his songs on the Dopamine EP

Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - much happier
b) thinner or fatter - same, but maybe a bit healthier
c) richer or poorer - richer

What do you wish you'd done more of?
read books, run, played with kids

What do you wish you'd done less of?
worried, faffed around online

How will you be spending Christmas?
we were here in Zurich, then in the UK from Dec 27th - 3rd Jan

What was your favourite month of 2018?
October - great family holiday in Portugal - and the first time I really relaxed all year!

What was your favourite TV programme?
Blacklist (again), You, The Good Place

What was the best book you read?
really hard to say, this one helped me finally stop drinking: Clare Pooley: The Sober Diaries &
this one helped me to sleep better: Why we Sleep: Matthew Walker
Review of books read in 2018

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Stll enjoying Spotify, other than that, my friend Spiderhound!

What did you want and get?
new garmin watch!

What did you want and not get?
new rucksack for work  (but arguably I have too many bags anyway...)

What was your favourite film of this year?
Bohemian Rhapsody - absolutely bloody loved it!

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 45 and I don't think we celebrated very much :-)
I did go to berlin sooon after for a long weekend with the Witches - which was AWESOME!

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing my team....

What kept you sane?
Alan, many good books, getting more sleep, many many nice cups of tea

Who did you miss?
My Mum

Who was the best new person you met?
Sara and Ania

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018
"Es wird nie so heiss gegessen, wie gekocht"
It's never eaten as hot as it's cooked - ie things are usually as bad as we imagined... aka, we can survive all manners of nonsense...

Over the Christmas Eve Finish Line...

It's been a mad scramble, but I think we're there. Spent the weekend deep cleaning the flat (why, why?) and today was last minute bits of shopping (leg of lamb for tomorrow, the traditional pointsettia) with M, which was really nice. This afternoon we even all made it to the sofa for an afternoon film!

I cooked us a nice chicken evening meal and then Mr.ncot spirited the kids to bed with his magic camomile and honey tea. The placebo effect worked, suprisingly! Then me in kitchen prepping for tomorrow, last batch of mincepices and marzipanning the cake, Mr.ncot doing last minute wrapping. And in between a quick phone call with my sis.

Christmas table, Ready for Santa, Marzipanned mini Christmas cakes

And now I need to have a nice bubbly bath, and then wait to pack the stockings. Both boys still firm believers :-) The excitement in our house cannot be higher... We didn't do the "searching the sky for santa" as in 2015 and 2014, but we did watch this funny cat & christmas decorations film and our Christmas family jib jab film. We're easily amused...

Self care at Christmas

I am delighted to say that I am still alcohol free after nearly 12 months - and I've got better at finding nice drinks and alternatives, so i don't feel deprived. I can't imagine how I got through last Christmas, drinking every evening. The different is amazing. I have the odd pang, but I just let it go and move on, normally having a nice cup of tea whilst waiting for the feeling to pass. Today I was in Orell Füssli, and treated myself to a new christmas blanket, glossy mag (yes, I'm gently graduating towards GH) and a new book. Life is good :-) This Christmas I will sit down and read and relax, and maybe write a few blogs here and there...

End of Term

Our house this week has been at fever pitch. Boys counting down until Santa comes, bring presents home from school etc. Mr.ncot and the boys did the tree on Weds evening, when I was out at my work's christmas party.

The last weeks have been a blur of baking mincepies, Polish cake for school & Hort, Christmas jumper day at work! But we did get the flat decorated, it's looking pretty good, including Chris the Singing Reindeer :-)

This has been a long and pretty stressful year, and the last 2 months have been very manic. Very happy to have crossed the finishing line!

End of School / we made it selfie

Mince Pies, Gifts for school, Bob the Unicorn at work!


Silvesterlauf 2018

Today was another advent first! M. ran in the U10 category of the Silvesterlauf, meaning, all on his own! I think he was secretly quite pleased not to be held up by Alan or I. He finished the 1.4 km in a very speedy time of tbc and was very pleased with himself.

P and I ran an hour later in the parent and child category. Same distance, slightly slower than M at ?, but very fast for my old legs! Patrick complained and talked the whole way round - "mummy, there's a gap there, run faster, overtake", "Mummy this is boring, there's so much space", "Mummy, why aren't we at the front?", "Mummy, why aren't we running any faster?". My answer to all these questions was out of puff panting "I'm running as fast as I can. This is supposed to be fun!"

Anyway, he got his medal and was happy. I could stop running and was also happy :-)

2017 was Markus with Alan, Patrick with me
2016 was all 4 of us together
2015 should have been all 4 of us together, but was just Markus and I
2014 was Markus and I together for the first time!

Samichlaus, Steam Train and Sihlwald

This is one of my favourite advent traditions and I think I just enjoyed it for the last time... Our boys are growing up, but I'm grateful for this last trip.

This year Markus didn't want to come, but Patrick did, so the two of us went. I was a bit unsure as to whether he really still wanted to go, but he really got into the spirit of the thing. He stood wtih the other kids to listen to SamichLaus (who this year took as his public health lecture theme "teeth cleaning!) and then eventually also put his hand up to say his "Spruchli". More on this tradition here.
And then the big bag of treats and the train ride home. We had a lovely afternoon :-)

History of the tradition....
We first went 2013 (with Chris and Drew, Venus and family, Swete Family), then in 2014 (with my parents and Swete family), then just us in 2015 and with Konstantin and Bernadette in 2016. Last year it was just the three of us.

Pre Christmas Clear Out and Build!

Today I kept with my pre-Christmas tradition of buying new stuff for the flat, then getting someone in to build the stuff!

Last year I did this on 21st Dec and it involved completely re-organizing the boy's room!

So here's the result of today's aching back and 14'500 steps!

New shoecupboard (to hide all the foot-related junk), new stool for me in the kitchen and new Dyson installed in the corner of our bedroom (no room anywhere else!)

Lovely new chair for our bedroom, so I have somewhere to read and knit, plus some lovely orla kiely cushions for our sofa (passed on from a friend!)

I then cleared out half the cellar and stored it in our laundry room - thankfully no complaints from our neighbours :-)

And then I played cellar jenga! Mr.ncot still needs to sort his books and get all of them on the shelves... But we're getting there and at least we can get in the cellar now to look for stuff!

And now my back aches, but the flat is looking pretty good!