2013 – A mixed bag

I’m not going to lie – I’ve found 2013 a tough year. It’s been a mixed bag of tremendously bad decisions, but also some fantastic running achievements, great holidays, and I’ve met some wonderful people. Here are the highlights and lows, and the lessons I’ve learnt for a happier and more prosperous 2014.

The good


  • I ran in 13 races, knocking 7 minutes off my previous 10k PB and 12 minutes off my half marathon times, despite starting the year as a smoker with a fitness level of zero!


  • I ran in my first destination race in the Lake District and covered 51 miles in one week trail running in the Alps.


  • I am the leanest, fastest and strongest I have ever been.
  • I have met some great people this year through my blog and twitter and also whilst working at Sweaty Betty, and have a running and yoga wardrobe to die for!
  • I managed to squeeze in 4 holidays and 2 weekends away.
  • I’ve been doing yoga at least once a week and my flexibility and strength have significantly improved – I’ve totally nailed the crow pose.

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Lesson: Keep doing what I enjoy doing and keep believing that I can continue to improve.

The bad


I made some terrible career decisions this year – terrible! I made decisions based on the ‘sensible’ and ‘right’ thing to do for others, when I should have chosen the right move for me. I went with my head rather than my heart and it backfired.

Lesson: Follow my heart. Life is too short to be miserable at work. I’m extremely lucky that I now have a job to go to in January and I’m looking forward to showing them what a great asset I can be to the company! šŸ™‚

The ugly


I lost my confidence in my abilities, had more bouts of crippling anxiety, and almost started believing the negative voices.

Lesson: Listen to the people who love me and not the arseholes who want to bring me down.


The future is bright as they say: 2014 looks like it’s going to be a year full of new adventures and new opportunities – with a new job, a running holiday in Portugal in March (great Christmas present!), a trip to Moscow and climbing Mount Elbrus and a yoga retreat later in the year as well as all my races. In 2014 I’m hoping to stay positive and be extremely thankful for what I have and what I’ve achieved!

Bring it on!

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What do you have planned for 2014?


11 thoughts on “2013 – A mixed bag

  1. Wow trail running in the Alps looks AMAZING!!! Nice one on the crow pose too, I’m gonna get good at yoga next year, should’ve added it to my 2014 goals post but forgot! Hope your new job works out for you too – like you say, life’s too short to not enjoy your job. x

  2. What a great post! I love youe honesty – it makes such a refreshing change from some blogs that sound like something from a Hollywood film set. Good luck in 2014!!

  3. One of my favourite round ups so far – you’re very honest and I couldn’t agree more about the work-related misery not being worth it, and also not letting people drag you down. You have done so well this year – your non-smoker fitness and new PBs are something to be incredibly proud of. Happy new year!

  4. Love your honesty in this post Sian… And you are completely right, life is too short to spend most of it being miserable (plus it’ll make the times we’re not working miserable too)! Definitely agree to surround yourself with positive people too, and people who make you feel loved, fabulous, and fit (which is what you are šŸ™‚ !). Lovely to meet you last year Sian, and hope our paths cross at some point soon!

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