Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!!
Hey everyone thanks again for checking out my latest blog post and the last one of 2018.
What a year 2018 has been – some good stuff has happened and some not so good stuff.
I’ve decided not to focus on it too much and instead focus on 2019 instead. I’m really excited for 2019 already and some of the possibilities and challenges (good ones) that I will face.
I think the last few years have proved how resilient I can be and how I can adapt quickly.
Going forwards this is going to be key for 2019 and especially when I tackle the ultra in August – I know there are going to be some really tough moments during the event where I question my ability, question my reasoning, and question my inner-strength to carry on. I also know that I can overcome those tough moments and get through them and get to that finish line.
As I’ve said in previous blogs if the ultra goes ok, I remain injury free, and the motivation is still high then in 2020 I’ll do a 100km (62 miles) event!!
With some time off over the festive period I am hoping to get in some decent training runs which are a bit longer than I’ve already been doing – it’ll also give me a good reason to eat a few more mince pies!!!!
I’m hoping to get back into the hills and mountains again next year. There is nothing I like more than being in that kind of terrain – I just love the vastness and the tranquillity of it.
One trip already spoken about is a trip to Snowdon to tackle Snowdonia. It’d be great if I had some time to do at least one long trail run there as well.
I have unfinished business on Ben Nevis and am considering heading up to Scotland to tackle that.
I have spent time in the past on the Brecon Beacons and the Lake District and am also considering some time in either area (or both).
With the South Downs and New Forest nearby as well I need to take advantage of those areas as well – both would be fantastic places to train on.
I’m also looking forward to the usual stuff as well – going to football with my cousin and friends, spending time with family and friends, seeing The Specials at Victorious festival, and just enjoying the things I enjoy doing away from training and working.
I’m determined to make 2019 a memorable one and for good reasons. This time next year I want to be able to look back and have no regrets and feel that I couldn’t have given it anymore.
Happy holidays and see you in 2019.
As we approach the end of the year I always find that it is a good time to reflect on what I have achieved and what I want to achieve in the forthcoming year.
I have had to do a lot of soul searching this year and there have been some really tough moments. There have been times when I have felt that I was not good enough in certain situations or where I have been really hard on myself, beaten myself up over things, and dragged myself down quite a bit.
I hit a downward spiral this year and it hit me really hard. I think it was the culmination of a few tough years and suddenly I became overwhelmed with things and events. I think it has made me a stronger person but not always a better person though. I still feel that I let people down at times and also let myself down.
There are times when I seem unapproachable and ‘prickly’ though I do not intend to be that way. I’ve thought about this over the last few weeks and I think it is because I have a habit of putting the barriers up as I try and figure out how I am feeling about things. When I do this I have a habit of completely shutting people out and that is not always a good thing.
A couple of months ago I was on the verge of moving away and starting again somewhere else – I don’t think that it would have changed much though. Same issues, different location.
Quite a few people told me I was making the wrong decision and I can see that now.
I have lived in Portsmouth since last August and have made some really good friends down here – they know who they are and I appreciate them being part of my life and my world.
I’m looking forward to 2019. I’m not placing any expectations on myself or what the year will bring. Instead I am seeing it as a totally blank page and I am determined to fill that blank page with achievements that I will be proud of and finish the year feeling I couldn’t have given any more.
I achieve my best when I am pushing myself well outside of my comfort zone and I am determined to push myself a lot in 2019.
It isn’t just about running the ultra in August. Although that is really important it is just one goal I have next year and is an important part of the overall journey.
I need to challenge myself professionally and push my career onwards. I enjoy my job and I am good at what I do but I need to progress in order to grow.
I need to challenge myself personally. I can be a bit of a creature of habit a lot of the time – part of that is due to being organised and liking a routine.
I don’t want to get to the finish line of the ultra next year and be thinking ‘now what?’ which is why it is important that I have other goals to work towards.
As I reflect on 2018 and how some of it has been tough going I do feel I needed to go through that so I could look deep inside of myself and ask myself some tough questions and see what I am really made of.
Richard Guy, 47 years of age, born and grew up in London and have lived in Portsmouth since 2017.