"Shall we go to Ikea 'on our way' home?" I asked.
"OK then. We could get those nice chairs we've been looking at,"
So off we merrily went to Bristol, adding a mere 57 miles to our journey home. It was only on the second lap of the car park that lovely boyfriend started to look a little like he'd gone off my idea for a day of fun.
"Just to let you know, I think this is a s*** idea. In fact, this is the worst f****** idea you've ever had," he said looking adoringly at me from the driver's seat.
His face was a picture of joy when we finally found a parking space, especially when we discovered that there was steam billowing from the engine.
"Look on the bright side," I said, "we might meet some interesting people."
"Rrrhghgnnnghhhhhhhffffffffff****!" he replied cheerily.
Now, Ikea is a marvelous place for one participating in a challenge such as Janathon, since you have to walk so far to find anything you might possibly want. Too bad that I couldn't get GPS signal in the big blue pleasuredome, for I estimate that we may have walked up to 14 miles looking for the chair cushions we were after. There was a bit of cross-training thrown in as we tried to pack our purchases creatively into the car. Good job we drive a Popemobile (if you look carefully, there's actually space at the sides for a few martini glasses and some plastic lampshades):
Finally home, tired from our adventure and aching from the weekend, I started to wonder if I really wanted to go out running this evening. I looked on Running Free but was disappointed not to discover a "Shopping - Whining" option and opted to read some Janathon blogs instead. I started reading Lazy Girl Running's blog, which has some excellent tips today for new runners, and scrolled down to find her post about running legend, Ron Hill. I too listened to his interview on Radio 4's You and Yours last week and was amazed to read about his non-stop stretch of training days since 20th December, 1964. He even ran a mile the day after he broke his sternum in a car accident (he had already run on the morning of the accident) and carried on doing a mile a day until he was well enough to up the distance again. So, pondering our day of retail purgatory, I thought to myself (in Haiku, of course):
If legs were aching so soon?
Go and run a mile!
And so I ran a mile. And a little bit.
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:
Lovely boyfriend has just walked into the room with a fully assembled chair. See, he did enjoy it really. I wonder if Ron Hill likes Ikea.
Day 3 - 1 mile Ronning Run
Distance: 1.3 miles
Pace: 10:26 min/mile
Cake rating: 4/5 (Ron Hill's inspiration saved the day)
Cumulative Janathising: 11.7 miles