[Photo by Freddy Castro]
So, October. How did this happen? I think we might blink and it will be Christmas. I hope we don't, because I am so not prepared, but I wouldn't be surprised if I woke up and 2016 was drawing to a close. It's a cliche, but it really does feel like time speeds up the older I get. Which is scary, because life also gets so much more awesome with every passing year and I want to hold onto it. I am pretty proud that I managed to keep up with my Couch to 10k programme in September, especially since things were so busy, but I failed pretty miserably at my other two goals. I did get a nice photo of me and Paul all dressed up for a wedding, though, which is a rare occurrence. I'm usually far too busy having fun to pose at weddings. So this month, I want to...
Keep Up with Couch to 10K
With the Abbey Dash coming up fast, I don't want to lose momentum with this one. I'm really pleased with the progress I've made - I can now run for 15 minutes straight (!) and, dare I say it, I'm actually enjoying exercising for once so it would be a shame to lose that. It's my aim to be able to run the whole way round the Abbey Dash, which I managed two years ago but failed spectacularly at last year - even if I am the slowest person by miles, that would feel like a big achievement.
Plan my NaNoWriMo Book
Every year I think about doing NaNoWriMo (for those not in the know, it's where you commit to writing 50,000 words of a novel in November - 1,667 words per day, or thereabouts) but always chicken out. I talk big about being able to write a book, but I'm not actually convinced that I really can. But this year I am going to do it - even if I end up with 50,000 words of total crap that I never want to look at again. And that means I need to do a little advance planning. I am better with a plan and I don't want any excuse to procrastinate when it actually comes to November.
Finish my Reading Challenge
As I type this, I've read 92 books out of the 101 I planned to read this year. It may be more by the time I come to publish this, which means I'm almost at the end. I'm not going to stop reading in November & December but things are likely to be pretty busy so it would be cool to get the 'challenge' part out of the way so any reading I do at the end of the year is just an added bonus!