We all start the year with good intentions of what we will and won’t do, but by mid-January most of us have already broken our resolutions. As a long distance runner I spend many hours running long distances, and many more training. I train when it’s cold, dark, wet and windy. I train when I am on holiday. I train when I probably should be asleep. I also need to think about what I need to do to support my training: strength work in the gym, my diet, getting enough sleep, not drinking too much. The reward comes though when I enter an event and reach my goal. Not only do I measure success in terms of achieving a specific goal – e.g. running from Edinburgh to Glasgow (which is the challenge for March 2017), it’s also about the positive benefits running has on all aspects of my life.