I’ll start at the beginning of my running relationship – it hasn’t been going long. Early last year I decided I was going to finally do something I’d been thinking about for some time and start running.
So, I signed up for the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield in September. I persuaded a couple of friends from work to do it with me – one a regular runner, one a fellow first-timer (but a much, much more driven one). It ended up that I did the majority of the training on my own as I got frustrated with how they were running better/harder/faster/more often than me.
Skip a few months, a few really good runs, a lot of really painful runs, some weeks where I nearly gave up altogether and I finally made it down and up (including an awful hill of a final kilometre!) Sheffield in 1 hour 4 minutes. Not too bad for a first attempt but average nonetheless.
Then I decided I needed a break. Of three months. The first couple of months were a break, then it was almost Christmas (!), so thought I might as well not bother. Too many parties, food, drink and all that.
Which brings me up to now. I’d promised myself throughout December that January was the time to get exercising again anyway, but I found something this morning that convinced me it was definitely a good idea. I follow Company magazine’s Samantha Flowers on Twitter, and this morning she wrote about going for a run with Karleen Smith. I then clicked through to her blog and read about Janathon – a competition where runners run, or do some kind of exercise, for every day in January, log it, then blog about it. Everyone then shares their experiences, comments, advice and encouragement. Perfect.
Having discovered this on the second of January, and the fact I don’t think I’ll be logging my efforts fully on Running Free (sorry), I’m immediately ruling myself from actually winning any of the Janathon prizes, but as long as it gets me moving I don’t mind.
I’ll definitely be doing lots of other exercise, not just running. I don’t have a second attempt at the 10k distance planned in yet, although there is a possible event in Derby in April, so at the moment I’ll just be training to get fitter again. Throw in some dance, yoga, more dance, kick boxing, general gym trips and maybe some days where it will be just be walking, and that will be my Janathon.
Here’s hoping it continues into February.