Strava has just alerted me to my running totals for 2021 and I’m pretty happy with how the year went. I managed to run 861 kilometres in total last year, which is up from 792 kilometres in 2020. I’ve also been running my 20 kilometres a week with 8 kilograms of ballast for several months. But I’m probably most proud of how regularly I went running – in the dark, in the cold, in the rain and even in snow. The only times my streak got broken was during two holidays and the 12 days that the three SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations knocked me out for. Other than that, I went running incredibly regularly.

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At the beginning of this year, I decided to lose some weight. And when the lockdowns started happening, that really propelled me forward in this respect. Well, I must say at least my fitness project is something that’s been very positive for me this year. I’ve reached my weight loss goal and I’m, so far, managing to hold weight and gain muscles at the same time. And now there’s a second lockdown on the way. So it can only get even better.

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The last time I managed to run 10 kilometres in one go was 15 years ago.

I guess there’s something good to be found amid this horrible lockdown situation after all. All that stress means I need a coping mechanism and no fun activities allowed outside means I cope by running a lot.

   

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