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I must be nuts


Janathon Day 7,  one week completed!

I went back to British Military Fitness today.

I was a little hesitant about going because so far my legs are managing to survive Janathon and I know too well how much they can ache (and the rest of me for that matter) after a tough BMF class.  Plus, I’ve not been for 3 1/2 weeks which will make the aches even worse!

However,  I’m doing Janathon for the purpose of getting myself into the routine of running more often.  I’m not concerned about reaching a mileage goal, for me its more about the fact that I want to try to run a bit everyday while continuing my normal activities.  Seeing as one of my normal activities is going to BMF 2 or 3 times a week I thought I’d better get on with it.

I decided to run to Hyde Park for the class, first to save the £3 an hour parking fee and second so I could ‘log’  the miles for Janathon.  Not that there isn’t plenty of running involved, it’s just impossible to measure or map the endless short backward and forward runs/sprints.

When I set off it was drizzling lightly but by the time I got to the park it was raining steadily so I was pretty damp but well warmed up.   There was a good turn out for the class despite the weather and it was great to catch up with everyone.

It turned out to be probably the wettest BMF class I’ve done yet.  It absolutely chucked it down!  After lots of squats, lunges, jumping jacks, press ups and squat thrusts, with much running in between to keep us warm, not much of me wasn’t soaked and coated in mud. The dry bits got their turn when we moved onto abs on the sodden ground.

I was going to run home so I didn’t get too cold but my legs went on strike.  Fortunately I’d taken a couple of dry tops!

Conclusion?  Yes its an OK idea to run to BMF but definitely not when its raining.  Thanks for the squat pumps, jumps and bear crawling guys… my legs are going to kill tomorrow.

2.10 miles  21.55 mins running.

1 hour BMF class.

30 min soggy bottomed walk home.

Totals for Janathon:

7/31 days run   26.32 miles   2457 calories

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

10 thoughts on “I must be nuts

  1. Sounds like you had a good, if somewhat soggy, day. Well done! 🙂

    • Running Meditations said…
      Thanks for your comment. The photos are my partners -part of an ongoing body of work which I’m pinching for my blog from time to time as it’s the same fields I run in.

      Your BMF training sounds great, pretty good going doing all that after a run. I’m running for similar reasons as yourself but my passion is Kung Fu.

  2. Am so impressed! I’ve been meaning to try BMF for ages so must make it my resolution for 2011 to give it a go! How are your legs??? I have managed to sprain my ankle (not whilst running on all that snow or ice I might add!) just through the relatively simple act of walking down stairs so I think my official Janathon-status is pretty much over…good luck, you are going great guns.

  3. What a session – well done you. Hope the legs are forgiving tomorrow.

  4. Wow, that is dedication! Well done you.

  5. Oh well done for going, that sounds like serious hardcore work. And I hope you don’t hurt tooooooo much tomorrow. I’m so glad you wrote the sentence “I’m doing Janathon for the purpose of getting myself into the routine of running more often. I’m not concerned about reaching a mileage goal, for me its more about the fact that I want to try to run a bit everyday while continuing my normal activities.” Because that’s exactly my goal, but I’ve been getting my head muddled up with the idea that I need to go *further* over the last few days, like I’m not doing Janathon properly or something. You’re post has been a good reminder for me of my original reasons for joining. Thanks.

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