Juneathon Day 24. BMF again today.
Things are getting a little competitive in Juneathon world. There’s quite a bit of friendly banter and elbowing for a position in the top 10! It’s catching too. I’m not near the top 10 (just want to meet my target of 100 miles) however when badwabbit tweeted that I was 19th (for a brief moment) it did make me have some daft thoughts (for more than a moment) about running lots of extra miles! So this morning when I happened to be at Hyde Park early for BMF and I happened by chance to have my garmin with me, I went along with the daft idea and decided to go for a brief warm up run before the class and grab and extra mile for Juneathon. Shame I didn’t have longer for a couple more!
At BMF I didn’t have to try very hard to make sure I wasn’t in the fast group because after yesterday’s long run my legs weren’t up for big efforts and the pretty tough warm up and split down were rather exhausting. My calves and achilles, which have been tight on recent runs, were not too painful so the warm up run obviously did them good. So much for middle group for an easier ride! We ended up doing the exercises for Beat the Instructor a challenge BMF is running with Mens Fitness and Maximuscle (BTI) which the instructors at our park have been trying to persuade us all to participate in.
The challenge consists of 10 (20 for men) burpees, sit ups and pressups then 3 return shuttle runs (where you lie down and your chest touches the floor after each return), all repeated three times. Sounds straight forward? Except that, on each burpee you have to lie down fully in between (not just a squat thrust) and your hands must be lifted off the ground and similarly between each pressup and the back of your hands must touch above your head for situps. Oooh hard work, I don’t think it was all to do with my 10 miles yesterday. The burpees were the worst. I’m normally not too bad at them because I find I can get a decent rhythm going but you can’t do that when you have to lie down and lift your hands off.
Needless to say I don’t think any of us set any records today. We were joking that we’d need a time handicap for being old! (Ok, well I was.) Even if handicaps were possible I still don’t think I’d be in any danger of even getting anyway near the leaderboard!
After class as we gathered ready to go for coffee, somebody was handing out donuts. Many of us accepted one out of politeness without thinking but not really wanting to eat one (well certainly not a whole one)…. Until rescued from our bad habits by our wonderful Guardian Angel and reminded that they were the worse kind of donuts, pure hydrogenated fat and white sugar and that we would be ranting and raving on a sugar high in 20 mins if we ate one! Two of us had the donut literally removed from our hands as we raised it to mouth and thrown in the bin! We sulked a little and were offered a banana at the cafe in compensation. By then I’d actually tasted the mouthful I had eaten and was very happy for a banana instead. At least, as we discussed later, it gave me a humourous theme for today’s Lego scene and something to blog about. Shame I couldn’t find that Lego banana, but the real one and the latte went down a treat!
1 mile 9.08 mins
1 hour BMF class