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Are we nearly there?

Janathon day 15 and we are finally at the half way point. It’s partly going very slowly (when I get to bed and remember I have yet to blog…yet another days limp excuses?) and partly going very fast. (Are we really half way through January?)

To celebrate I decided to go out for a solo run. In true form I procrastinated all morning and it didn’t happen. I couldn’t this afternoon so planned a 5pm run. The time came and it was getting dark, getting windy and felt very cold. I was ready to give in. But how many days have i already made excuses and done a token plank this month? Too many. Five years ago at my first Janathon I ran 5K every day. Have I really got that old and soft?

So I dug out my extra warm running top. You guessed it, yes, the one I’ve had for years but rarely wear because it’s always too warm but because it’s a pretty colour, is nice and soft and cosy (and cost a bomb) I never have the heart to give away. Well it got a trip out the door this evening and I slapped on a beanie hat for good measure and went out to face the cold wind.

My old regular Janathon/Juneathon 5K loop at ‘just go run’ (i.e. it’s too dark to read my watch) pace, and yes I was too hot after 1 mile.

Janathon day 15. 3.2 miles run.


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Good intentions

I did have good intentions for Janathon day 13. I was going to go for a run. Anything between 3 and 6 miles. I never quite made it.

I blame my son, on ‘study leave’ for mock GCSEs, and elder son, in upper sixth, who never appears to be at school at all these days, for the too numerous distractions today. (Like lunch). Why can’t they just be at school all day in term time between 8 and 4 ?Like the good old days (and have school dinners) when they were 6 and 8.

I did come close, twice, but was thwarted by icy showers of rain. The first time I took the car to the shop and the second my huge waterproof puffer jacket to the post box.

Maybe next time.

Janathon day 13.
Walk to post box. Lots of good intentions and a token plank.


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Imagination

Or lack of it.

Well we are getting towards that middle bit of the month where Janathon is no longer a novelty but the end is not in sight so imagination for new and exciting exercise or blog posts is waning.

Today, in auto-pilot, I cycled off to Hyde Park, as I do most Mondays year-in-year out, for BMF where the imagination and motivation is provided in the form of squats and burpees!

After back to back intense classes last week and then being ill at the end of the week, I sensibly took it steady today so I can be back for more tomorrow and the next day…

Janathon day 12.

1 hour BMF class with 2.5 miles running.
5.3 miles cycled.


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Exploring

I went out on my bike today. Just me, so I decided to have a bit of an explore of some routes around London I want to work out with no time pressures.
It’s funny how I am so much more confident these days exploring new routes by bike than by car. It’s probably because it’s so easy when you get lost or end up on a dual carriage way to hop off a bike and become a pedestrian for a few metres until you find a cycle friendly way through or consult the map.

I got a bit lost going backward and forward looking for the ‘back street’ route to Regents Park but the signage kept taking me to the canal which is best avoided on a Sunday, unless you want to walk. I made it in the end, only cycling the wrong way up one one-way street. After a part lap of the park I took the faster return route towards Hyde Park and discovered slightly better signage, which doesn’t leave you abandoned in the middle of nowhere, and that ‘the fast’ routes are no more scary than the so called quiet ones. That’s what exploring is all about.

Not the fastest of rides because of navigation issues, some busy routes with tourists and strong cross winds on the few nice quiet stretches of open road I tried to race down.

Janathon day 11.
17.2 miles cycled.


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Recovery run

I felt much better today and decided I needed to get some fresh air after 2 days indoors. Having slept over 12 hours last night, and missed parkrun, a little exercise would also be a good idea if I felt up to it.  I’d already missed 2 days of Janathon activity. It was windy so I discounted cycling,  being a bit woozy and cycling in strong winds was maybe not the best idea.  So  got my kit on and went off for a brief run or walk, or whatever my legs felt like.

I felt good and it became a run.  I  had to ease off reminding myself it was all about recovery, getting some fresh air and some blood pumping around my legs.  I think the wind pushing me uphill helped my pace and good feeling.  While running I was trying to remember when I last ran by myself. I have been to BMF and parkrun in the past few months and joined in with my local Sweatshop running group less recently, but when did I last get out the door and run alone?

I got home to research and discover that my last totally solo run was on 10th June and titled ‘first run since VLM! Today’s run was maybe a recovery in more ways than I thought.

Janathon day 10.   3 miles run

First solo run since Juneathon, first solo run of Janathon..

My  next goal for Janathon, a first run back at BMF run club or with sweatshop running group.


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Rest Day.

I was going to go for a cycle ride but it was raining and dark when I was free this morning. Yes I could ride in the rain but I’m not called fair-weather runner for nothing.

So today’s Janathon activity has been stretching my poor muscles after the last two days madness and a token plank. I do like a token plank.


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Kill or Cure?

Oh My! What a state I was in when I finally dragged myself out of a very deep sleep this morning. I had to take a nurofen to ease my aching muscles and get myself moving. I was a comedy case getting my socks and shoes on and in drastic need of new glutes and inner thighs. Yesterday’s killer squat class might have cured my hip and knee niggles but had wiped out the rest of my lower body.

Things improved as I got moving. The more I moved the easier it got so I decided I would make BMF again today. After all I had promised friends who I missed on Monday that I’d be there today. (It’s all about the hot chocolate). I guessed that as long as I went in the lower group I would probably survive.

So I slung my leg over my bike (well tried to, on days like today a lady-like step through would have been a good idea) and pedaled gingerly towards Hyde Park. Not too bad at all but I did decide my saddle needs to go up a bit.

At BMF I started slowly, feeling a bit stiff. Bending to touch the ground generated a few pitiful oohs and ahhs. A little more gentle running and I began to feel my legs less and get on with it. Until the first squat And then a lunge. Ouch! It’s probably my fault we did plenty of squats today because the instructor decided I should quit winging at get on with it. Eventually it sopped being uncomfortable and I even began to feel good. Too good. I even found some pace and a few bursts of top speed before the class was out.

And then (after hot chocolate) I went home to get clean and eat. And then the DOMS* take 2 kicked in. Double DOMS. I Shouldn’t have sat down, not even for 1 minute. I took myself for a walk round the block to see if that helped. It didn’t. I tried a hot bath. I tried wine. This evening I am a physical wreck. I’m now trying being horizontal in bed with my net book.

Tomorrow all my activity will be a lot more sedate. Just don’t expect me to bend down, go up and down stairs or sit down without assistance.

Janathon day 7.

1 BMF class, 3 miles running.
5.2 miles cycled.

* DOMS. Delayed onset muscle soreness In case you’ve not come across the term before. Lucky you.


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Squat-tastic!

No snoozing my alarm today. Sons were up and off to school and mock exams so I got on my bike and off to my first BMF class of 2015. (Thank goodness for living near multiple venues for lots of classes.) Time to make up for yesterday’s failure.

Today I was told it was leg day. Great, I wasn’t feeling too awake after a restless nights sleep and my first early morning. Can handle that rather than running, I rashly thought.

We warmed up and then began to squat. And squat. Wide ones, low ones, lunge ones with a few laps of the pond or the basketball pitch to shake off the legs. Heels flat and bums to heels. The emphasis was on technique and slow controlled movements. Some of the wide side squats made me feel I was in drastic need of a bloody good stretch. We moved onto slow deep lunges. I could feel tomorrow’s DOMS coming on with every movement. More squats and shuttle runs (bend down touch the floor) and we were all feeling decidedly soft after Christmas.

As we stretched off at the end and asked cheekily where the pistol squats where (next time). Gail gave the class it’s proper name, Squat-tastic! And I noticed that for a pretty static class we had still notched up 2 miles running.

I cycled home for a large coffee, food, a hot bath to ease my poor legs and glutes plus a precautionary nurofen hoping I can walk tomorrow.

Janathon day 6.

4.5 miles cycling.
1 BMF class, more squats than I could count, 2.1 miles running.


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The long way to the shops

If the way to the shops involves cycling past them and a loop of Hyde Park.

I couldn’t decide what to do for my Janathon exercise today.  Excuses and stay in my PJs, walk and do the shopping or go out for a cycle.  My bike easily won because we hadn’t been out together since Wednesday.

I normally avoid Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park at weekends unless it’s very early because there are too many obstacles to cycling at more than walking pace.  (Tourists, people taking selfies in the middle of the path, dogs, small children on scooters, kids with balls, Boris bikes on the wrong side of the road ,to name a few)  Today due to lack of imagination and time to plan an alternative and a lot to do with auto-pilot my bike and I ended up in that direction

It wasn’t too bad.  It was already getting late towards 3pm and had been gloomy and cold all day so few people were out.  Even the last day of Winter Wonderland didn’t make the park as overcrowded as I have seen it in the past and I made good progress.  I enjoyed the  weekend closure of South Carriage Drive and a long stretch of empty road to enjoy my relatively new bike and test out going up and down the gears and a bit of speed as far as I could dressed in skinny jeans. I didn’t see many other non Boris bike  cyclists about,  they had either been and gone early or were sensibly staying away until winter wonderland is dismantled over the next month  Even speakers corner wasn’t a complete jam today. (Why they put the cycle lane straight through it baffles me, but that’s another rant).

After half an hour my poor feet were getting cold.  (Time to upgrade from Converse as my cycling shoes of  choice.) So I headed back towards home and the shops remembering to stop and fill my panniers in Waitrose with something for supper.

Janathon day 4  8.4 miles cycled.

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