Take up the challenge in 2019

As we prepare to launch next year’s challenge, #Run1000Miles ambassador Paul Turner looks back on 2000 miles in 2018

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So, here it is - the end of 2018. Hopefully, by this point, you've either achieved your #Run1000miles goal, or are approaching the goal over the Christmas period.

If that's the case, congratulations! Personally, this year has been my best year of running, since starting in 2015. Each year I have managed to tick something off my yearly targets, whether that be a new PB, stepping up to a further distance, or just completing a challenging event. However, this year has been extra special, as I have been able to share the running "bug" with my wife and other friends. Inspiring others to join a healthy activity and share in the achievements that it brings is immensely satisfying.

Running with friends can be difficult, as there will almost always be someone running significantly slower than they would usually train. Although this may seem frustrating, I truly believe that this is of greater benefit to overall training than hammering out max HR sessions three times a week. In previous years, I have always had some niggle or injury which sidelined me for some time. This year, I've had none. That sustained fitness I put totally down to training slower - low to moderate HR sessions - regularly, and up to seven days per week. That's a level of fitness I could only dream of achieving previously.

My end-of-year stats are: more than 2000 miles run; two ultras and a marathon completed, mostly in PBs; and seven days per week training, including training every day in October. I've still not achieved the elusive sub-four-hour marathon, but that's going to topple next year, for sure!

If this year has brought you everything you aimed for, then you know what to do next year - same again, just a little bit more! If you've struggled, don't be disheartened - there's always next year! Have a wonderful Christmas - training, or recuperating - and come back strong to start the #Run1000miles challenge again in 2019.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!

Get off on the right foot in 2019 - sign up today to #Run1000Miles next year - click here for details.

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