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Jessica Judd reflects on an up and down 2013, her hopes for next year and gingerbread houses in her latest blog...

Last Updated: 23/12/13 9:55am

Jessica Judd: Ran under two minutes in the 800m for the first time in 2013

Jessica Judd: Ran under two minutes in the 800m for the first time in 2013

So Christmas is almost here and 2013 is almost over! It's been a crazy year full of ups and downs and it's so strange to think that 2014 is just around the corner.

There are two major competitions next year, the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships which means it is going to be a hugely competitive year. Hopefully I can use the experience of this year to build upon for 2014.

My winter season started off well but after a fall in training I have been unable to compete on the cross country circuit this year, but will have to see what new opportunities arise in the New Year.

Further complications with my back have meant that I will no longer be going to the South Africa warm weather training camp, but instead will be in intense rehab here and getting back to hard gruelling training sessions. It is only a small set back which I hope I can learn from and use to make myself a stronger and tougher athlete.

This year has been my first competing as a senior athlete and I am so glad I got the opportunity to wear my senior GB vest for the first time. I have learnt so much and managed to go under two minutes for the 800m this year which has always been a personal goal of mine, so to do that was amazing.

Christmas

I am looking forward to a great Christmas with my friends and family, and have recently been to my Christmas meal with my training group and coach which was really nice.

Without those important people I could not be where I am today as they have helped me through all the bad times and really supported me through all the good times. My physio and doctor down at Lee Valley have also helped me so much this year, and I am very lucky to have such a great team around me.

2014 will hopefully be a very good year for all of the Sports Scholars and I am really excited to see what will happen. It's so nice to be able to talk and mix with the other scholars and we all get on so well. I am especially excited to see who, out of me, Jack and Louis will make the best gingerbread house this Christmas. I have a feeling it could get very competitive!

I am very lucky to be a Sports Scholar and hopefully Sky's support will help me to achieve everything I put my mind to next year.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a very happy New Year!