It’s been a funny old running year. For much of it I just couldn’t get going. It was a struggle. On two successive Sundays I bailed out of my long runs and got the bus back home. I felt sluggish.

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Our glorious west coast

 

Everything hurt. Although I continued to lead groups on Saturday morning, and Wednesday evenings during the summer I stopped enjoying it so much. I didn’t feel up to entering races. In fact I entered four half-marathons (Southampton, Winchester, two in Jersey) but didn’t make the starting line in any of them.

 

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Stirling Castle

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Rozel Harbour

I started wondering if it was time to pack it in altogether.

 

 

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Fishermen’s Church, La Rocque

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At Radier Farm

At which time I considered my diet again. Not for the first time in my life. I dusted off the juicer, hit the fruit and vegetable shelves, started following my own preaching about avoiding processed foods.

 

 

 

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At Queen’s Valley Reservoir

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South-western rockscape

And what a difference it made, almost immediately. My body reacted joyously, I felt loose again, less achy, a spring in my legs. The enjoyment came back.

 

 

 

Once more I started to look forward to running. Early morning runs before work became a habit. The miles built up. I happily ran in the last few races of the year, the highlight being a 52-minute Autumn 10k, the age-equivalent of my best time set eight years ago. I hit my 1,000 mile target which, at one time, was looking hopeless.

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Petit Port

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Overlooking sand dunes

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Harbour, St Brelade’s Bay

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Neolithic passage chamber, St Ouen

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Bouley Bay

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Misty evening on the dunes

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Super Slow run, St Lawrence

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View up to Portelet Common from Ouaisné

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Old Smugglers Inn

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Railway bridge, St Clement

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Site of former Mont Mado quarry

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St Martin’s Churchyard

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St Catherine’s Woods

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Windmill, St Mary

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Dappled sunlight, Grantez

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L’Etacq

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A break from jogging the trails at Grantez

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One more of our west coast

So looking towards a good 2019 with renewed enthusiasm.

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