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Day 31: THE END

31 Jan

HURRAH! HUZZAZLE! WOOPEEEEE! It’s over! Finished. Done. Over.

I wanted to finish on a high, do a 10k or smack out some hardcore interval training, but being a Monday that was never going to happen. Yesterday’s glorious long meadow run will have to serve as the glamorous finish, and today’s pre-work 2.7km will have to be the post pudding coffee; the after-eight of the running banquet.

To mix it up we decided to do the route…backwards. How daring! No, not actually running backwards, just doing the route from finish to start for a change..

This meant starting on a long uphill which I really couldn’t be bothered for, but finishing on a nice and perky downhill (and a sprint for good measure). The first song to come on my running playlist was Ultra Nate – Free. An excellent inspirational song and apt. Even though Janathon was something I chose to do and was never actually “imprisoned” by, it’s a great feeling knowing a)that I managed it and b)that it is over.

So, children, what have I learnt this month?

  • That I have more self-discipline than I had previously thought – to convert those spare 20 minutes in my morning routine from a lie-in into a 3.5km.
  • That the lyrics of club anthems are hilariously inane (cf “I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love….I wanna do it”.)
  • That running in the morning doesn’t actually affect a working day that much.
  • That I really enjoy running, especially longer runs, and that I want to do a 10k and maybe even more.
  • That I have no interest in maintaining a personal blog, but that logging runs with an online community is a big motivator.
  • That running does convert fat into muscle (last time I checked I’d lost 4cm off my stomach) but isn’t amazing for “weight loss” (6lbs.. though I may have to update this as haven’t weighed/measured this week yet)

Finally I would like to thank all my blog visitors (I had my 1000th unique visitor today!),  my fellow Janathoners for their inspiration and brilliant blogs (you are all much more motivated to write than I am…and it’s meant to be my job), JogBlog for organising and managing the whole bloody thing, Audiofuel for encouraging us along the way…my housemates Ms_G and Pneth for putting up with my smelly kit and me blabbering on about running, my brother and family for their support, and finally my running partners: NwSixDan, Zliv, Ad, JPB… it’s been emotional. Thanks for coming with me! Now some number crunching…


Today’s run:
Music: Ultra Nate and friends…

Total distance: 110km on the nose (68.4 miles)

Total time spent running: 9.7 hours (not sure how that timing works but that’s what it tells me)

Longest run: 4.6 miles/7.5km

Shortest run: 1.3miles

Fastest mile: 7.05 mins

Locations of runs: Bethnal Green (Victoria Park and the gym), West Hampstead/Fortune Green, Brixton/Clapham, Oxford and Barcelona (El Masnou)

Falls: none, hurrah (one very very near miss = flying squirrel impression)

Great sunrises: Three

Calories burnt: 7,700 (approx… about 250 a day..)


Day 28: still bloody cold

28 Jan

Why have things taken such a turn for the worse weather wise? It was freeeeeezing this morning. Not even the Arsenal hat NwSixDan gave me could help. Brrr. Not nice.

Still up and out we went for the now “usual” Fortune Green run. (route here) Just short and sweet, enough to get the lungs going and the legs working, but short enough to still have breakfast and get to work afterwards.

Can’t believe there are only three “mandatory” runs left. Janathon, it’s been emotional. Actually, it hasn’t been that emotional, and running these rather paltry distances I must say it hasn’t been too hard, either…it’s the anticipation and motivation that is the hardest part. But STILL, I’m excited about a lie in, and a sense of achievement. A good start to the year.

Distance: 2.4km
Music: Ministry of Sound Running Trax 2
PLUS my runningfree profile says I’ve covered 61 miles this month! Sure it’s not 387 miles (the leader of the leaderboard, athlete and all round MACHINE local_adventures) but it’s more than I’ve done before…ever)

Day 26: if it wasn’t Janathon…

26 Jan

… there’s no WAY I would have gone for a run this morning if I didn’t HAVE to by the laws of Janathon. Eventually NwSixDan and I trudged out of the door and stood there, shivering on the pavement as if we were about to dive into an ice bath.

“Go on then” he nudged.

“You go”, I said.

We stood.

“Oh, fine” I caved and started the run – surely the hardest part.

I always find the first 60 seconds really really tough. Then there comes a moment where I find my stride and suddenly I’m off (the fastest you ever did see a Snail run), and could keep going for…well, let’s not get too optimistic…for “a while”. In fact after we’d completed the little loop (2.6km) I felt full of energy and had it not been so late I think I could have done it again.

It’s so exciting, being in the last week of Janathon. It’s a curious acheivement to talk to other people about, (Why is it that the first thing anyone asks when I tell them is “well, can you just lie?”) not as sexy as a marathon perhaps, but I’ll be glad to say I’ve done it. And I’ve learnt a few things – the main thing being that I can fit a run in even if I only have half an hour or so to spare, and that I am not in a *terrible* state fitness wise. Also that you can only wear the same top running three times before the smell is overwhelming, and that squats hurt more than lunges.

Today’s stats:

Music: Rihanna

Day 18: home, cold home (well almost)

18 Jan

Bit of a shock to the system this morning, forcing myself out of bed at 7.30 to get a run in before work. Lovely NwSixDan came with me AGAIN. The man deserves a rest day.

Nothing very exciting to report; we managed 1.5 miles in 13.41. The “usual” route from his flat up to Fortune Green and back, but with a little bit lopped off so we could get it over with sooner! A pretty poor pace but not bad the day after a 6km + a lot of  travelling, late night, etc. I know I’m lucky that I start work at ten so even when I have to get up “early” to run before work it’s never usually before 7.30am, but still it’s so hard when the alarm goes off and you know you could just sleep, just for a bit more, just 40 more minutes…..ugh.

Feel fine for it now though and think it has done a good job of lessening the pain of starting work again today.

Distance: 2.4km/1.5 miles
Time: 13.41
Music: Audiofuel Shoot The Breeze