Monday, 31 January 2011

31) 12 step programme

So, here we are. Our beloved festival of activity and excuses is drawing to a close and 31 days have been jogged, logged and blogged. A huge well done to all involved in Janathon - starters, finishers and side-lined family members.

Upon reading about the potential effects of janatholism, my good friend and keen Janathon supporter/widow, Mrs Lumpy Badger, commented,

There's a twelve step program to help with this sort of thing. The second step is February...

I'm just not sure if I'm ready to go cold turkey though. The withdrawal symptoms could be worse than the potential effects of pursuing this for another month. For our own health and sanity, I'd like to propose we continue on with:


Febtathlon? No? Too pink?

Well, I guess this is it then. *Sob*

Thank you, Cathy; thank you, blog writers; thank you, blog readers; and thank you, Ron.

It has been a blast.

Day 31 - Road to recovery run
Distance: 3.27 miles
Time: 38:19
Av Pace: 11:43 min/mile
Cake rating: 31/31 (boom)

Cumulative Janathising: 140.5 miles running + 129.2 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming

Sunday, 30 January 2011

30) Binging

Like many Janathoners, I have a busy job, but it's a busy job that I love and I'm fortunate that the uncompromising hours are offset by some pretty generous holidays. In term time, it's so easy to say, "I can't go training, I've got too much to do". Then the holidays get here and I go bonkers for a week until I end up knackered, injured or both. Lovely boyfriend refers to this cycle as "binge training".

Let's be honest now, Janathon has been one long training binge; however, this has been far more useful than any training binge I've ever been on before. By doing Janathon, I've learned that I can go training in term time; in fact, I can do so much more than go training in term time. I'm really looking forward to February, not so that I can have a rest from running, but because I'm excited to see what a "normal" week might look like. What I really hope is that it's going to look a whole lot different to what a normal week had become last year.

According to my totals on RunningFree, I have run for 27 hours, cycled for 12 hours and swum for 2 hours so far this month. That adds up to a crude estimate of 27610 kcal burned (using this website); that could be cancelled out by one heck of a binge:

27610 kcal = 3.2 of these bad boys

Would you like a slice?

Day 30 - Unintentionally long run
Distance: 15.19 miles
Time: 2:54:25
Av Pace: 11:28 min/mile
Cake rating: 5/5 (enough to earn a quarter of that cake)

Cumulative Janathising: 137.2 miles running + 129.2 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming

Saturday, 29 January 2011

29) We're going on a long run

It's Sunday tomorrow, which means a long run for many of us. To get you in the mood, may I present:

"We're going on a long run"

(With sincere apologies to Michael Rosen):


If you'd like to turn this into a piece of performance poetry to keep you going on your long run tomorrow, then take a look at this video for some helpful hints:

Day 29 - Run to dinner at Fattipuff's house
Distance: 3.12 miles
Time: 35:17
Av Pace: 11:18
Cake rating: 5/5 (1 trolley, several puddles, no hills, delicious dinner waiting)

Cumulative Janathising: 122.0 miles running + 129.2 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming

Friday, 28 January 2011

28) A mini-adventure

I have a whole weekend off work. A WHOLE WEEKEND. This also meant an early finish today and the rare opportunity for a weekday run in daylight; something that should be grabbed with both hands. As I cycled home, I was pondering what I should do, "Hmmm. Long run this weekend? How far do I really want to run this afternoon? Could just do a mile."

It's lucky there are some wise, wise Janathoners whose blogs I can turn to when stuck for inspiration. For instance, there's Guru Maggie and her Positive Running BeliefTM philosophy; she made me think, "Whatever I do today, I'm going to use my PRBTM". Then there's Janathon deity, Local Adventures, whose approach to running is both awesome and refreshing. Local had commented on Maggie's blog yesterday, saying that he finds his PRBTM is helped by having targets. But not necessarily distance or time targets; instead, he suggests experience targets, like "I will run through puddles". What a fantastic idea! Time and distance targets are all well and good, but they can grow tiresome and even demotivating if all doesn't go to plan. This made me think about setting a target for today's run. In teacher jargon, a good target should be SMART:


So I thought hard and decided on today's experience target:

"I will get my shoes muddy on my run today"

SMART. The pavement plodding and commuter running had grown quite tedious and the remaining daylight meant I could head out for a mini-adventure to the woods. No distance I have to run, no intervals I have to count, no recoveries I have to time. Just get yer shoes good and filthy. Perfect. I hadn't felt so excited about a run in months.

I dug out these boys for the occasion and took a before picture. As you can see, they were already a little grubby, but this mud is older than some of my friends' children.


The woods are at the top of this steep hill. Not a problem. I had Maggie's message and PRBTM on my side today. The road said SLOW. I said, "So?".


At the top, I began my quest for mud. There were a few puddles and a bit of frozen earth at first, not quite what I was after; however, a bit of persistence led me to this:

Mission accomplished. Target reached. Running triumph.

The reward?


Trundling on home, I got back to the SLOW sign. This time I thought, "Not on your nelly!" and I ran down the hill like a 7 year old chasing an ice cream van.


Here's the after photo of my shoes and socks. I think some of the mud may have fallen off on the way down the hill, but it's left a trail that says, "I ran here and it was 'king awesome!".


1 target, 2 runners and 3 miles have taught me a lot today. Thank you, Maggie and Local. I think I might take my PRBTM to the PUB this evening and raise a glass to Janathon.

Day 28 - Muddy run
Distance: 3.62 miles
Time: Not important.
Av Pace: Who cares?
Cake rating: 5/5 ('king brilliant)

Day 28 - Cycle commuting
Distance: 7.81 miles
Time: 46:10
Speed: 10.2 mph

Cumulative Janathising: 118.9 miles running + 129.2 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming

Thursday, 27 January 2011

27) Furriballs and other beasts

This is our pet wolf*, Furriballs. He's a lovely creature. We decided to inflate him when I felt the need to increase core strength and stability; lovely boyfriend's bicycle pump did the job rather well.


This little fellow is a new addition to the household. He's a bit shy and likes warm, dark places; he'll often disappear under your buttocks after a run.


Then there's this beast. We normally keep him muzzled in a cage in the garden. He's a vicious creature that likes to attack fleshy areas; in the past, he has been known to cause significant pain to my outer thighs.


*No wolves were actually harmed in the writing of this blog. But if you also own a bright purple gym ball that looks unsightly in your living room, rather than inflating your pet, you could have a look here.

Day 27 - Track session
Distance: 3.72 miles [inc 3 x 800 m steady]
Time: 0:40:17 (of 1 hour session; more running, less listening this week [800s @ no frinkin' clue, stupid GPS)
Av Pace: 10:49 min/mile
Cake rating: 3/5 (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)

Day 27 - Cycle commuting (home-work-track-home)
Distance: 11.25 miles
Time: 1:04:21
Speed: 10.5 mph

Cumulative Janathising: 115.3 miles running + 121.4 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

26) Manners

Where I grew up it is tradition
to give a nod of recognition
to other runners, slow or fast,
as you go gaily cant’ring past.

Where I’m from it's de rigueur
with other runners to concur
that running on mile after mile
is helped by just a little smile.

This tradition should translate,
as you go from place to place,
but what I've found since moving east
is a far, far colder beast.

So aloof, important, busy:
How dare this woman blonde and dizzy
try to interrupt our morning rush
with that daft grin upon her mush?

I'm lucky if I get a grimace,
it's like I've tried to lick their face.
At worst, they spit and cough and hack,
as if I've begged a piggy back.

It really, really makes me sad.
What am I doing that's so bad?
But I'll continue with my visage
And try to spread my jolly message.

Jogging, fartlek, sprints, whatever;
No matter how diverse our endeavour,
All I ask is your permission
To nod and say "I know your mission".

With thanks to the one runner (of 11 seen) that nodded back this morning.
smiley You made my day.

Day 26 - Run to work
Distance: 3.90 miles
Time: 48:16
Av Pace: 12:22 min/mile
Cake rating: 2/5 (1 for each of the smiley runners out this morning)

Day 26 - Cycle commuting
Distance: 3.93 miles
Time: 26:27
Speed: 8.9 mph

Cumulative Janathising: 111.6 miles running + 110.1 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

25) What would Ron wear?

Have you jogged, logged and blogged every day in January?

Do you have a testimony of courage and discipline to share with your friends and family?

Do you have a desire to share your belief in Ron?

What Would Ron Do?

Ron boldly proclaims the message to RUN!

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For something more elegant, try Fatipuff's bespoke silver jewellery. This charming bracelet is what we like to call an "all-rounder" - the sort of thing one can wear with any outfit, to any occasion.

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Remember, if you are fighting a weak will in the face of strong temptation and need a reminder of your belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate your love of Janathon, just ask yourself:

"What would Ron do?"

Day 25 - Cycle commuting
Distance: 3.90 miles
Time: 22:16
Speed: 10.5 mph

Day 25 - Run home
Distance: 3.88 miles
Time: 48:20
Av Pace: 12:27 min/mile
Cake rating: 2/5 (gimmestrength)

Cumulative Janathising: 107.7 miles running + 106.2 miles cycling + 2.9 miles swimming
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