The Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Days

Just a really quick one again today – having such a mega, mega busy week. These are just gonna keep on coming over the next few weeks! So much going on that I can’t wait for the weekend to come and I can have a bit of a breather.

Haven’t been able to get out for a run over the last couple of days, so instead downloaded the Nike Training app. After a slight battle with my iPhone, and some clearing out of the music on there, I had enough room to actually download the app – it appears in takes up a lot of memory.

Tried a couple of the quick 15 minute focused workouts yesterday and today – Butt Buster and Ab Burner. Thought they’d be a nice opportunity to lay on the floor and wave my legs in the air a bit, but the Butt one in particular was not the easy ride I had hoped for. I’m sure my neighbours particularly appreciated the jumping around.

Did feel a bit stupid doing some of the exercises in my tiny bedroom, especially with my makeshift medicine ball – a large jar of jalfrazi cooking sauce!

Was a really quick dabble with the app to be honest, will definitely give some of the longer, more comprehensive workouts a go and see how I get on with them.


The Twenty-First, Twenty-Second and Twenty-Third Days

A triple-header of a blog today, as again I fell off the Janathon wagon.

Firday 21st – Still suffering slightly from the flu-like symptoms that had ruined The Twentieth Day, it was a Domino’s and sofa evening and an early night as I tried to feel better in time for the next day…

Saturday 22nd – After a good eight hours sleep (for the first time in ages) I felt loads better on the Saturday morning, and boosted by another round of cold & flu capsules and ibuprofen I caught the 9am train from Nottingham to London. Living in such a small city, where it literally takes less than 15 minutes to walk from one side of the city centre to the other, I always find that going to London I cover loads more ground than I’m used to, so went in my Converse’s ready to hit the tourist trail.

When I got into St. Pancras, the Victoria line was down, so decided to walk to Euston to meet my friend Charlie. We then got the bus over to Oxford Street to meet our other friend, Naz. There was some pacing up the street, followed by a lot of mooching around Selfridges, and a long time stood around the Mac counter (damn it being the end of the month!) before heading back on the tube and over to Liverpool Street. We wandered around the shops at Spitalfields, before setting up camp in The Luxe.

It started off with a mug of tea and bowl of chips, before we began to make a small dent in the cocktail menu. Three and a half hours later, I was pretty tipsy and wishing I could stay in London to continue the fun. Instead, I had to get back on the tube to St. Pancras and I caught the train home.

I didn’t end up walking around as much as I thought I would, but getting up at 7am and not returning until nearly 11pm, I didn’t have much choice but to count the small amount of walking that did occur (in between drinking) as the day’s Janthon effort.

Another night of eight hours sleep (yipee!) and onto the next day…

Sunday 23rd – I usually go for a run before I’ve eaten anything, but this morning I woke up starving, so after enjoying poach eggs and mushrooms on toast courtesy of the housemate, I had a bit of a slouch on the sofa before finally heading out at 2.30pm. It was a thoroughly average run today – REALLY windy and I felt pretty downbeat that it wasn’t a lot easier.

The Twenty-Third Day Stats:

  • Exercise: running
  • Distance: 2.84km
  • Time: 21:13
  • Pace: 7:28/km

I’m still getting really annoyed at how hilly all my runs are! I vow now that next weekend I’ll drive somewhere else and go for a longer run somewhere a bit flatter.

On the plus side, I’ve had a text and a Facebook message this afternoon from two of my colleagues that are part of (the yet to meet) Monday Running Club, who said they’re definitely up for running tomorrow. Hurrah! The route we’ve come up with is flat but quite long. I’m interested to see what I’m like running with other people, as I haven’t done so yet as part of Janathon.

It’s 10 weeks today until our Derby 10k race. I found a 10 week 10k training plan on the internet, which I’m going to try and stick to. I feel glad that I can already run the time/distance required for the first couple of weeks of the plan, and I’m hoping that following it will help me actually make some progress. Going out on my own means that I haven’t really pushed myself. Now we’re over three weeks in and I’ve only done one run that was longer than I could comfortably manage on the 1st January anyway.

Only eight days left of Janathon, but it’s only the start of some proper training for the 10k.

The Twentieth Day (or not)

Just as I was getting back in Janathon, something comes along to knock me off my enthusiastic perch.

This morning I woke up with a sore throat, which has got progressively worse throughout the day to the point that I’m now curled up on the sofa under a blanket feeling sorry for myself. Achy, tired, oh… a bit more achy.

I’m hoping that this is just a blip caused by tiredness, because I REALLY do not have time for this. I know everyone says that when they get ill, and I feel like an idiot for saying it, but that’s what I thought this morning. I’m about to go into the busiest few weeks of the year at work, I already feel like there’s not enough hours in the day.

I’m going to leave this here now before I bore myself (and anyone that’s possibly reading this) to tears. Reading someone moaning about flu symptoms – not entertaining!

So I’m dosing myself up, getting an early night and keeping my fingers crossed I feel better tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be back then with a (more running focussed) blog post.

The Nineteenth Day

A short blog post today…

Got home quite late from work, house was a mess, hungry for dinner, loads of stuff to sort out, so yet again, if it wasn’t for Janathon I wouldn’t have bothered.

Anyway, I did (yay me!) and I was glad I did too, another good day. The last two runs have actually been enjoyable. I realised that I’ve gone past the stage of ONLY thinking about putting one foot in front of the other, about how much my chest hurts, about how it looks a really long way even to the next lamp post. Sounds like progress to me.

I’d like to say I nipped (although not that speedily) round this jog and I actually felt okay, not wait, I felt good when I got home. I’m not running until Sunday now – there’s other exercise planned in between – and I’m actually looking forward to it already.

Only problem I’m having at the moment is that both my knees and ankles hurt. It doesn’t feel that focussed on a specific part though, like when I injured my knee before (which only hurt on the muscle running down the outside of my knee). I think it’s either due to my shoes (haven’t been fitted properly yet) or the fact it’s a bit hilly where I’m running. Or maybe both.

The Nineteenth Day Stats:

  • Exercise: running
  • Distance: 2.59km
  • Time: 18:45
  • Pace: 7:14/km

The Eighteenth Day

I have been trying to write this blog for about three hours now. I’ve been very distracted by the TV this evening – namely by ‘Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents’ on BBC Three (which I don’t know why I watched as it was actually just sick, sweat and teenagers kissing badly) followed by the Sex and The City double bill, which is a regular 10pm feature in our house.

Despite lazing around on the sofa post-run, today was a good day. Finally managed to get back out for a run for the first time since day eleven. Went out with a relaxed attitude, and it seemed to work.

When I first started out my knees and ankles hurt, I worried that this was going to be a very short run. Thankfully when I got a bit further in that pain seemed to subside (it’s yet to be seen whether it will return in the morning). Getting up the stairs was interesting.

I seemed to be able to get into my stride a lot easier this evening – remembering the advice of keeping my chin up worked well too – and I ran almost double the length I intended to.

I kept extending my run, every time running past a turning that would lead me home quicker, eventually doing just over 4k by the time I’d completed the loop.

And, on top of the distance (quite long for me), I also managed to run the whole time (unusual for me). Did I also mention it’s not that flat where I live too?!

I love runs like that – where it feels relatively easy, you feel you’re making real progress, it’s enjoyable and it all feels worthwhile. Not a great speed but distance is increasing, which is what I want to work on first.

The Eighteenth Day Stats:

• Exercise: Running
• Distance: 4.06km
• Time: 29.07
• Pace: 7.09/km