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The streak goes on

So we’re into #juneathon week 2 and for me streak week 2.   

I’ve just got to continue because not wanting to break my run streak got me out the door today and I enjoyed my run once I started.  My thourghts are if I don’t carry on I’ll be back to my recent Janathons and Juneathons and really not doing anything different to the rest of the year and it will be a bit of a fail because I’d be no fitter having not challenged myself. 

There I’ve committed. I am planning to  run everyday in June.   

A short blog today because I’ve spent part of the evening getting an education by being talked at by my son revising for his A levels. I guess it’s good for variety and he says he remembers more from talking it outloud and explaining it.  Plus it keeps him away from online distractions.  

I just smile and nod. Hope he’s not planning to test me later!

Juneathon day 8. 3 miles run. 


Streak saver

I decided my fuzy head and dizziness was probably more  due to hayfever than under fuelling  as I have been waking up the day after being in the park feeling very congested even though I haven’t got a cold.  Time to look out my hayfever tablets.  It turns out it was a few more years than I remember I last needed them because the ones in my drawer were use by 2009. Maybe a little over the optimum!. I’ll go shopping tomorrow. 

    Thanks to Juneathon I did run today. Having said i’d run everyday this  week I had get out there to maintain my mini run streak. No excuses, no token planks or pretended home workouts I had to go out and run. 

    Just 2 miles round the block, avoiding the parks and pollen, to bring my weekly mileage to the highest for several months.   Not a huge amont compared to my past or for many but  a good start in my return and a base for my marathon training this autumn. 

    It felt good and my legs were feeling more like my own at last. Ready for next week. 

    Juneation day 7.  2.1 miles run. 

    Week 1. 18.2 miles run 15 miles cycled. 



    I should have got back to parkrun…

    I normally use Juneathon and Janathon to get back in the habit  of going to parkrun. I should have gone this morning, however I had a very important date with my pillow and duvet this morning after a week of early starts.   There is always next week. I’ll just not look at my facebook/twitter/strava updates so I don’t regret not  going myself. 

    I finally found motivation to get out and run today from it being nearly wine o’clock, plus me having committed to run every day this week.  

    I started well, assuming after a bad day yeaterday and eating well since that today would be much better. It wasn’t and by half way I was feeling dizzy and light headded and had to have a walk break. 

    I plodded on and got home ok to refuel and wonder if my symptoms of dizzy head was due to hayfever or because my legs felt like jelly again I has still not eating right.  I’m learning. 

    Juneathon day 6, run steak continued 3.4 miles. 



    That was me at BMF today. I would start from the front (luck and position) and end a run at the back. 

    I kind of expected it after carrying two cups of tea up the stairs this morning (one way to wake sons) and finding myself jelly legged and breathless. Oh dear, BMF would be a challenge. 

    And it was. It was hot and humid making it hard work all round but I was running on empty.  I’ve been trying and succeeding to lose weight recently  (more in another blog soon) and some days I get my fuelling for exercise totally  wrong. Today was one of those days and I was jelly legged and dizzy. I must have underestimated the effect  of my extra Juneathon activities even though I have been keeping things easy and short.   

    Anyway my mini run streak has still continued for Juneathon day 5, even though I was unable to press start on my Garmin!  We did run plenty (I felt every blooming step)  plus I  Cycled   5 miles getting there and back.      



    My rather brief blog posts are because I’ve got the attention span of a gnat at the moment. (Apologies to gnats). This is entiiry due to the fact that both sons are in the middle of exams. (GCSEs and A levels) which is not too much of a problem in itself but it means that apart from going off to sit a paper for an hour or two a few days a week they are at home.  

    Yes, both sons home. Home full time.  Home for lunch. Home for cups of tea. Home for ‘Mum, is there any food?’ Home for ‘revision’ (if that really can be achieved while simultaneously  being on skype with your mates, watching a film on the other pc screen and playing guitar).  

    So it’s not supprising that I’m finding it a little hard to get on with my own work, chores, to-do list and stuff.  I just clear the decks and load all the mugs and plates into the dishwasher and settle down to start when another distraction comes along. Grrrr!

    There is a silver lining. I might be behind on things and my blog posts written in a rush but my running is benefitting.  I may not have the  ‘head space’ to work effectively but escaping out the door for a bit of time on my own to run has become something I look forward to and enjoy!  

    Juneathon day 4, my ‘get back to running’ mini run-streak continues. 

    3 mile, easy morning run around the block. 


    Half baked plan 2. 

    Plan 2 is not even half baked. It failed.  

    I was going to wite my blog earlier and had plans for a wider more interesting topic. But I left it until bed time (again) and then I got distracted on Facebook talking about the gin I’d been drinking this evening. 

    (It’s very nice). 

    I did however keep up my run streak today at BMF (plus cycling there and back) so Juneathon day 3 is done. 


    Half-baked plan 1. 

    To run. A mini run streak. And to make sure I don’t over commit and end up quitting or going back to my ‘token planks’ on non BMF days, plan 1 (at the moment) is just to run everyday this week. 

    So this morning I got up and (eventually) went for a morning run. An hour later than planned but still early for me. Just 2 miles round the block for Juneathon day 2 as a start of building my mileage back up. 


    1st June. 

    Oh help, it’s #Juneathon again!

    Fortunately it’s Monday so I’ve been to  BMF (by bicycle) so that’s the exercise bit taken care of.  Just the blogging bit to do before I fall asleep.

    The past few Juneathons and Janathons I’ve been a bit naughty, I’ve exercised but not really much more than I normally do with lots of ‘token planks’ and sets of push ups or squats on other days.

    I’ve rabbited on a lot  about getting back into running more, finding my mojo, forming  new habits and so on, but nothing has lasted so far.

    This June I don’t promise to run every day and clock up a competitive mileage like my early Juneathon  and Janathons but I do have some half baked plans in the back of my mind to shake myself up a bit.

    Lets see what happens.


    London Winter Run

    Janathon might have technically finished on Saturday but I ended it in style on Sunday running the Winter 10K with Alma and Giselle.  This was my first race since September and the longest I have run since then.  A comeback run.

    So far this year I’ve not run further than 5K so I had planned to get a 6 mile training run or two in before the race but that didn’t happen for numerous reasons.  In an exchange of texts with Giselle about pace I thought an aim of 9 min mile was realistic for me although running under 55 minutes would be a good goal.  Giselle’s aim was to get as close as possible to 50 mins (I said I’d love to be back there and would be with her at that pace for a mile or two tops!) or practice pacing at 8.50, to which I agreed I should be able to manage for most of the race.

    The start of the race wasn’t as organised as it could have been and the published ‘start waves’ were more a ‘guideline’ about what time to shuffle out of the loo queue towards the start. We joined the queue aiming for the latest of the times we had together at 10.02  but in the crowds up the embankment it was a matter of first come first served, all participants mixed up together.  While waiting to start and trying to keep warm we all began to worry about the race being a bit chaotic. I suggested it might be hard work to try and run together in the crowds.

    Fortunately it all turned out better than feared. The crowd was good-natured and there was music and a warm up to keep us motivated. Although we didn’t finally start until 10.17 we were fortunate to be close to the front of the start pen and so when we finally got going the 8 minute gap between waves meant that the race was spaced out and we had a lovely clear run up the embankment.  I caught up with Giselle and joined her to run at her pace after all.

    She was an excellent pace maker.  I watched the mile splits clock by at very consistent pace just under 8.40/mi.  Giselle told me to stop looking at my Garmin and just stick with her.  It’s true, it is all in the mind and when you just have to concentrate on running with someone your mind can’t contemplate the pace and pass on ‘I’m tired’ messages to the legs.  Her cunning plan was to slowly up the pace in the second half.   I lasted until mid way between the 8 and 9km markers.  The combination of an 8.08 min 5th mile, the slight slope back up to the embankment and the lack of miles in my legs were finally showing.  I convinced Giselle that she needed to keep pushing and I really did have to just hold average pace to the end. I followed her up the last km of the embankment at an increasing distance and managed a modest sprint past a few others at the finish line half a minute behind her.

    I was very chuffed to have run 52.52. With a little help I proved to myself that I’m not so out of form after all. Come back race an enjoyable success. Big thank you to Giselle.

    So I’m signed up for next year, and a half marathon while I was at it. I’ve decided winter races suit me because apart from a few shivers waiting to start I find the cooler temperature kinder when trying to up the pace. I also don’t have the hassle of carrying water and on Sunday nor did we have to pause to grab water en route.

    An excellent race. A little disorganised towards the start but the 8 minute staggered starts worked well at spacing out the race. We coped ok starting further back than planned and having to weave through runners when we caught up with waves in front.

    There was a good atmosphere, a perfectly organised bag drop and a lovely bit of Bling at the end. Plus hugs and photo opportunities with polar bears if you’re into that sort of thing. At the start we were more interested in stealing a polar bear suit to keep warm!




    Another Janathon is over. Rather too quickly as usual making me feel I’m still in catch up mode. I haven’t run or exercised as much as other years but have hopefully re-started some good habits which I can build on and continue rather than going for broke and spending February recovering.

    This week I’ve run a bit less due to some mild niggles in my hamstrings and piriformis which feel worse when it’s very cold  so I stuck to alternate days exercising.

    Today, the last day of Janathon and being Saturday it was parkrun time. I’ve been using parkrun for the past few months as my way back into running so for the last day of Janathon, I gave back and volunteered and did finish token duty. My exercise was therefore just cycling there, a bit earlier than usual, (and in a snow/sleet shower) and back. Unless walking round and round in circles while looking after all the bags and trying to keep warm waiting for runners to finish counts. I do have a 10K race tomorrow to make up!

    Day 30. 1 hour BMF class 2.7 miles run, 5.5 miles cycled.

    Day 31. 2.4 miles cycled (part in snow) 1 parkrun volunteered at with a few circles paced, in the freezing cold!